Romney McPhie is a marine biologist, educator, and keen collaborator who thrives on bringing people together around wipe boards to share knowledge and take action. Growing up in landlocked Ontario, she was always drawn to the ocean and to cartilaginous fishes (sharks, skates, and rays) in particular. She holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from the University of British Columbia and a Masters degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University.
Romney has worked enthusiastically for close to 20 years as a field scientist and expedition diver; a shark biologist for the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO); an environmental consultant; a regional project coordinator and marine planner for the Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP); and most recently as senior biologist and species at risk recovery planner for DFO with a focus on large marine megafauna. She is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group, and also draws whenever she can, lending her pen to science- and conservation- focused projects as often as her day jobs allow.
Romney’s passions for advancing the recovery of at-risk species, working to better understand and protect biological diversity, and supporting people in the sustainable use of coastal and marine environments, have brought her to two of Canada’s coasts, Australia, and Madagascar, and likely to corners and communities of the North East Pacific and beyond in years to come.