Marie Fournier

Marie Fournier works for Cetus Research & Consevation Society and is the Robson Bight Warden Program manager. She was born and raised in Vancouver and has a bachelor’s degree in biology, with a focus on the marine environment, from the University of Victoria. Fournier has years of experience working with cetaceans around the world. She began her career as a marine mammal trainer at the Vancouver Aquarium, worked as a dolphin research assistant in Kaikoura, NZ, and Western Australia and was a naturalist/zodiac driver with GAP adventures in Scotland, Norway and the Arctic. Fournier also acted as a marine mammal observer on surveys along the B.C. coast with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Over many winter, Fournier has spent time caretaking Orcalab, a land-based research station that monitors cetaceans both acoustically and visually. For the past two winters and springs, she spent a number of months at the Hakai Institute doing sea otter surveys and foraging observations.