Meike Holst
Marine Ecologist
  • M.Sc.: University of Alberta (Environmental Biology and Ecology) 2000
  • B.Sc.: University of Guelph (Marine Biology) 1997
Meike Holst is primarily involved in the preparation of environmental assessments and conducting and reporting on marine mammal monitoring and mitigation programs for oceanographic research, industrial developments, and military training. She has more than 20 years of experience planning, conducting and reporting ship-based and aerial surveys of marine mammals and sea turtles, mainly for monitoring and mitigation programs associated with reducing the effects of seismic surveys and underwater sound on marine fauna. Her projects have taken place in various locations around the world, including the North Atlantic, North and South Pacific, and the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. Meike has been the lead marine mammal observer on more than 20 seismic surveys, supervising a team of 2–5 observers. Meike also prepares permit applications pertaining to the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act. Meike received her M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in 2000. Her Master’s thesis focused on the distribution, abundance, and feeding ecology of ringed seals in the North Water Polynya, northern Baffin Bay. Meike has co-authored 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals on the distribution of pinnipeds and cetaceans, and topics such as predation pressures on intertidal snails.