Selina Agbayani

Selina Agbayani

MSc with Andrew Trites, 2023
Aquatic Biologist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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Research Interests

Marine Mammal Science, Conservation Science, Ecosystem stressors, Marine Spatial Planning, Geographic Information Science, Resilience 


Selina Agbayani began her career while pursuing a B.Sc. in Forest Sciences from the University of British Columbia (UBC). After graduation, she gained experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) through the Landscape Ecology and Water Tracer Labs at UBC. She then continued her professional development with the Advanced Diploma GIS Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Selina has combined a passion for natural systems and conservation issues with a specialization in landscape-scale ecological data and spatial analysis. This has led her to become involved in various projects with non-profit organizations such as the Community Mapping Network and World Wildlife Fund – Canada. In her work there, Selina became interested in marine ecosystems, and eventually came to UBC to study grey whales. Selina now works as an Aquatic Biologist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, working on Cumulative Impact Mapping for Marine Spatial Planning. 

Featured Publications

Agbayani S., 2022. Energy requirements of grey whales. Master’s thesis. University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC. [Embargoed until October 2023].

Clarke Murray C, NE Kelly, JC Nelson, GEP Murphy and S Agbayani. 2022. Cumulative impact mapping and vulnerability of Canadian marine ecosystems to anthropogenic activities and stressors. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2021/XXX. vi. + 52 p.

DFO. 2021. Cumulative impact mapping and vulnerability of Canadian marine ecosystems to anthropogenic activities and stressors. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2021/nnn. 

Agbayani S, SMEFortune and AW Trites.2020. Growth and development of North Pacific gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus). Journal of Mammalogy 101:742-754.

Agbayani, S, CM Picco and HM Alidina. 2015. Cumulative impact of bottom fisheries on benthic habitats: a quantitative spatial assessment in British Columbia, Canada. Ocean and Coastal Management 116:423-434.

Clarke Murray C, S Agbayani, N Ban. 2015a. Cumulative effects of planned industrial development and climate change on marine ecosystems. Global Ecology and Conservation 4:110-116.

Clarke Murray C, S Agbayani, N Ban, HM Alidina. 2015b. Advancing marine cumulative effects mapping: An update in Canada’s Pacific waters. Marine Policy 58:71-77.

Ewins, PJ, KA McDonald, S Agbayani. 2014. The WWF Species Action Plan for Arctic Whales, 2014-2020. WWF Global Arctic Programme, Ottawa, Canada.

Okey, TA, HM Alidina, S Agbayani. 2015. Mapping ecological vulnerability to climate change in Canada’s Pacific marine ecosystems. Ocean and Coastal Management 106:35-38.

Reeves RR, PJ Ewins, S Agbayani, MP Heide-Jørgensen, KM Kovacs, C Lydersen, R Suydam, W Elliott, G Polet, Y van Dijk, R Blijleven. 2014. Distribution of endemic cetaceans in relation to hydrocarbon development and commercial shipping in a warming Arctic. Marine Policy 44:375-389.

WWF Global Arctic Programme. 2012. Important Marine Areas in the Arctic. [Atlas] Maps created by S Agbayani