FSRS Staff

Shannon Scott Tibbetts – Director of Operations

shannon-2015Shannon Scott Tibbetts first became aware of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society after completing her BSc in Aquaculture from the NSAC in 1998. She began on a volunteer basis and welcomed the opportunity to join the team once a position became available. She began her career with the FSRS as a lab technician working on the 4VsW Sentinel Project in 1998 and has gradually gained more responsibility until reaching her current position as Research Biologist. She has a background in biology with a BSc in Biology from Dalhousie University (1993), and a keen interest in science and marine science in particular. Shannon is a full time mother of two growing boys and enjoys spending time outdoors with them and her husband; an animal nutritionist. Contact Shannon here.

Jessica MacDonald – Senior Research Assistant

IMG_0188Jess, originally from Truro, has called Halifax home for the last 7 years. She graduated two years ago from Dalhousie University, completing a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology with a focus on sustainability and aquaculture. She has previously worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as an Aquatic Science Biologist studying microbial community structures with the Center for Offshore Oil, Gas, and Energy Research (COOGER), as well as with the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP). Jess loves to fish, SCUBA dive, practice yoga, and read. Contact Jess here.

Jade Petritchekno- Research Assistant

52582569_522368484952233_662124618051485696_nJade Petritchenko has recently joined the FSRS team as a research assistant. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Marine Biology and a minor in Sustainable Aquaculture and Fisheries Ecology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her focus is invertebrates. Jades’ honours research project concerned reproduction in thyasirid bivalves. She has also worked with lobster, scallops, snow crab and jonah crab. Contact Jade here.

Lauren Ballantyne- Ghost Gear Project Coordinator


Lauren is originally from Ontario but fell in love with Nova Scotia the moment she moved here to attend Dalhousie University. She graduated from Dalhousie in 2018 with a BSc Honours in Environmental Science and a minor in Biology. For her honours thesis, Lauren partnered with DFO to map the distribution, abundance, and habitat preferences of soft corals found in offshore Nova Scotia. After graduating, Lauren worked as a research assistant at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus studying native bees in agroecosystems but has returned to the HRM to lead a ghost gear project for the FSRS. Lauren is a nature enthusiast and an athlete that competes on Halifax’s competitive women’s touring ultimate team, Salty. Contact Lauren here.


Seasonal Staff:

Brandon Fitzgerald – Senior Fisheries Technician

Micayla Dorey- Fisheries Technician

Michael Traverse- Fisheries Technician

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