nerdgasm_B&wI am a community ecologist and physical anthropologist interested in community ecology, biogeography, and spatial modeling methods.

I am currently a Research Scientist at the Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

My research centers on understanding the ecological (environmental and species-level) factors that influence species distributions and membership in communities. My current research investigates how human management of an extracted resource (groundfish in British Columbia) influences the spatial distribution of groundfish species. Identifying the inherent structures in biodiversity patterns and the processes that shape community membership provides useful information for understanding how diversity distributions have been and will be shaped by anthropogenic and environmental change.


For specific information on the SPERA project with Dr. Robyn Forrest,

“Conservation benefits arising from changes in spatial distribution of fishing effort following the implementation of groundfish fishery integration”,

please click here.


My research investigates 3 inter-related themes:

  1. Spatial structuring of biodiversity
  2. Metacommunity theory and ecosystem function
  3. Vertebrate community assembly

c. 1835 animal distribution map by an anonymous author/creator, from the Collection of the American Folk Art Museum, New York


Contact Information:

Pacific Biological Station
Katherine Bannar-Martin 
3190 Hammond Bay Rd,
Nanaimo, BC
V9T 6N7
Canada page

ResearchGate page

Impactstory page

GitHub page


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