Lyne Morissette is a marine ecologist and co-holder of the UNESCO chair in Integrated Analysis of Marine Systems at the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski, Canada. She developed a fascination for the oceans when she was 5 years old, following her uncle, an oceanographer and geomorphologist, on the sandy beaches of the Saint.Lawrence Estuary. Since then, she never got very far from the ocean, working as a professional diver and studying in canadian institutions coast to coast (first at Université de Montréal and Université du Québec à Rimouski; then at the University of British Columbia), and acquiring a notable expertise in marine mammal ecology, conservation and biodiversity. Her research now aims towards a better understanding of how marine ecosystems function and most importantly how to maintain their integrity. She has been working on a variety of ecosystems around the world, in Canadian waters (Pacific and Atlantic) but also in the Arctic, the Caribbean, and the west coast of Africa. She addressed some key issues in ocean sciences such as whaling, habitat destruction and overexploitation. In every project she got involved in, she favours an approach linking research, conservation and education as the best way to protect the oceans for generations to come.

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