Mack Bartlett

Mack is the research coordinator at Cedar Coast Field Station.  He worked to develop the Catch Clip Release program as a graduate student at the University of Toronto. Mack's Masters degree had him splitting his time between the Salmon Coast Field station and the Taylor lab at UBC. He now lives on Vargas Island, BC. He is originally from Vancouver, BC is an outdoors enthusiast, fisher and photographer.

Andrew Bateman

I am a postodoctoral researcher working with  Chris Darimont, in the Applied Conservation Science Lab at the University of Victoria, and John Ford, at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station.  With a background in mathematics and biology, I use mathematical and statistical models, combined with field data, to answer questions about ecology, conservation, and evolution.  My current work focuses on the population biology of social mammals (killer whales and meerkats) and salmon on the BC coast.  I collaborate with a number of researchers to investigate demography, evolution, spatial patterns, and behaviour in species ranging from copepods to bears


Heather Forbes

Heather was raised in Merville on Vancouver Island. Three generations of her family have worked as commercial fishermen and shipbuilders, so she feels a strong passion for supporting the inspiring and resilient people, creatures, and places of the BC coast. She now serves as the Salmon Coast Co-Coordinator, her previous work focused on supporting urban Aboriginal people, including roles at Vancouver Native Housing, Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services, and Aboriginal Affairs. She holds a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University, graduated from the Next Up leadership program, and is currently completing a MA in Community Development at the University of Victoria. She loves crabbing, foraging and gardening.


Chris Guinchard

Chris Guinchard was raised on two of Canada’s beautiful coasts, and can’t seem to keep himself away from the ocean. He is a jack of all trades who possesses strong mechanical and maintenance skills, which he gained through seven years of service in the Canadian Naval Reserve, as well as diverse jobs in the maintenance, manufacturing, and construction sectors. Inspired by his time working, volunteering, and playing in the Broughton Archipelago and Salmon Coast, Chris completed a diploma at British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation program. He also holds a BA in Sociology from York University. His interests include boats, bikes, and building stuff.


Lauren Portner

Originally from Arizona, Lauren moved to Canada and earned her BSc in biology from the University of Victoria. Lauren has been working, in some capacity, for the Salmon Coast Field Station for the past nine years. Her experience lies in working with salmon, sea lice and the interaction between the two.  She enjoys participating in graduate student field studies and has been involved in the Salmon Early Marine Survival Program (SEMSP), a collaboration with Salmon Coast, the Hakai Institute, UBC, SFU and the University of Toronto, since 2015.  As of 2017, she joined the Catch, Clip, Release program as a field technician and program assistant. Her love for the coast and its inhabitants grows more and more each year.


Scott Rogers

As Program Director for Sea to Cedar Scott Rogers prioritizes her efforts around projects and partners whose goals emphasize the protection and revitalization of coastal ecosystems and communities through both research and education. She also works with various communities and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation team in efforts to protect local bears and wolves from trophy hunting, and to study carnivore-salmon-human systems in coastal British Columbia. Researching wild salmon since 2003, she is also a researcher and founding board member of Salmon Coast Field Station. She envisions that Sea to Cedar will connect people to community-driven initiatives and inspire solutions for place.