A collaborative effort between Ocean Wise and coastal partners

Sampling for Phase 1 was conducted by Ocean Wise scientists and partners, including First Nations, community groups, port authorities, and government agencies.


Dr. Peter S. Ross is the Vice-President of Research at Ocean Wise, and Executive Director of the Coastal Ocean Research Institute (CORI). He was the founding Director of the Ocean Pollution Research Program. He has a long-standing interest in marine mammal toxicology, ecotoxicology, environmental pollution, safe traditional seafoods, and microplastics.

Dr. Marie Noel is the Research Manager for the Ocean Pollution Research Program. She oversees the operations of laboratory and field activities for the program, and works closely with graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, and contractors. She has extensive experience with contaminant monitoring in various matrices, as well as marine mammal toxicology and genomics.

Kelsey Delisle is the Coordinator for PollutionTracker. She holds a MSc in Ecotoxicology, and has extensive experience in environmental monitoring, environmental assessments, and health risk assessments. She is interested in better understanding the adverse effects that human activities have on the natural environment, and developing and implementing policies and practices that minimize these effects.

Catherine Wong is a technician with PollutionTracker. Her background is in environmental science, with experience in toxicology testing, field sampling, and environmental monitoring. She supports laboratory and fieldwork, with a focus on microplastics analysis in sediments and mussels.

Former Coordinators:

Dr. Carmen Morales, Angela Hansen

Field and Laboratory Support:

Mégane Néauport, Jeremy Heywood, Julie Dimitrijevic, Anahita Etemadifar, Miki Shimomura



Thank you to our partners who make PollutionTracker possible.


In-kind Support:

Council of the Haida Nation

Gitga’at Nation

Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site

Heiltsuk Nation

Metlakatla First Nation

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society

Tlowitsis Nation


The following Ocean Wise partners provide core funding to the Coastal Ocean Research Institute.

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