FSRS Staff

Shannon Scott Tibbetts – Director of Operations


Shannon 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.

Teresa MacDonald – Senior Research Assistant

Teresa MacDonald grew up in Fort McMurray, Alberta but has called Nova Scotia home many years. She graduated from ST.FX with a Bachelor of Arts, followed by a Bachelor of Science from Dalhousie University. Recently, she has completed her Masters of Marine Management from Dalhousie University.

Her interest in fisheries began when she worked as a Lobster Technician for the LFA 27 Management Board. She continued to expand her knowledge of the industry when she worked as an at-sea observer, where she had the opportunity to listen to stories and gain valuable knowledge from the fishermen. She looks forward to the new experiences and challenges the FSRS projects will present to her, as well as the connections she will make while working on them. When she is not working, Teresa enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends. Contact Teresa here.

Jordan Gardiner – Research Assistant


Jordan, originally from Ontario, came to Nova Scotia in 2010 to complete her BSc co-op degree in Marine Biology and Environment Sustainability and Society at Dalhousie University, where she quickly fell in love with the East Coast. Through her co-op degree Jordan had the opportunity to work in a small fishing village in southwest Nova Scotia, as a naturalist aboard a whale watching and research boat for two summers.

While working and living alongside fishers, Jordan became fascinated with the world of fisheries and decided to take this fascination further by completing her Master’s of Marine Management degree at Dalhousie University in 2016. Through both her time in a small fishing village and during the MMM program, Jordan learnt that using knowledge acquired by fishers can help in an array of aquatic science studies, especially those linked to fisheries directly. Jordan is excited to be part of the FSRS team and looks forward to working with and learning from fishers to help create sustainable fisheries for all. In her spare time, Jordan can be found spending time outdoors, specifically on and in the water, as a rower, swimmer and scuba diver, or curled up with a good book and some ice cream. Contact Jordan here.


Seasonal Staff:

Brandon Fitzgerald – Senior Fisheries Technician

Amanda Cooper – Fisheries Technician