Dr. Sondra Eger

Dr. Sondra Eger

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Email: seger@mun.ca

Sondra is an interdisciplinary social and natural scientist interested in the social dimensions of coastal and marine complex social-ecological problems. She enjoys working in a variety of ecosystems and with coastal communities, researchers and practitioners in Canada and Internationally. For example in 2019, Sondra was a Flaherty Research Scholar with the Ireland Canada University Foundation at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland sharing lessons on collaborative governance of coastal and marine social-ecological systems in an integrated and equitable way, specifically as it relates to marine spatial planning. Using a governance lens, Sondra’s doctorate highlights the importance of coastal community perspectives, in addition to natural science perspectives, to strengthen the development of ICM initiatives and was completed in late 2020.

Sondra is currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Kelly Vodden to 1) lead the Second Volume of Coastal Routes Radio Podcasts and 2) collaborate with municipalities and Indigenous governments from Newfoundland and Labrador on an existing Potable Water Dispensing Unit Project. Additionally, she is working on a project with Oceans North to create a timeline of research and management activities in Minas Basin. Her on-the-go passion project is working with local fishers to develop a coloring/ activity book for the Bay of Fundy and through partnerships with local resource users and organizations to share science with diverse audiences in an accessible way (please get in touch if you are interested in supporting the project financially, collaborating or providing content, or pre-ordering copies!).


Eger, S.L., and S.C. Courtenay. (2021). “Integrated Coastal and Marine Management: Insights from Lived Experiences in the Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Canada.” Ocean & Coastal Management, January, 105457.

Eger, S.L., R.L. Stephenson, D. Armitage, W. Flannery, and S.C. Courtenay. 2021. “Revisiting Integrated Coastal and Marine Management in Canada: Opportunities in the Bay of Fundy.” Frontiers in Marine Science: 8:652778.

Andrews, E.J.*, Harper, S.*, Cashion, T., Palacios-Abrantes, J., Blythe, J., Daly, J., Eger, S., Hoover, C., Talloni-Alvarez, N., Teh, L., Bennett, N., Epstein, G., Knott, C., Newell, S.L, and Whitney, C.K. (2020). Supporting interdisciplinary early career researchers: Insights from the marine sciencesICES Journal of Marine Science 77(2):476-485.

Eger, S. & B. Dobertstein. (2018). Shared governance arrangements and social connectivity: advancing large-scale coastal and marine conservation initiatives in the Dominican Republic. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology, 26(3): 210-225.

Ho, E., Eger, S., Courtenay, S. (2018). Assessing current monitoring indicators and reporting for cumulative effects integration: A case study in Muskoka, Ontario, CanadaEcological Indicators, 95: 862-876.

Bennett, N.J., Kaplan-Hallam, M., Augustine, G., Ban, N., Belhabib, D., Brueckner-Irwin, I., Charles, A., Couture, J., Eger, S., Fanning, L., Foley, P., Goodfellow, A.M., Greba, L., Gregr, E., Hall, D., Harper, S., Maloney, B., McIsaac, J., Ou, W., Pinkerton, E., Porter, D., Sparrow, R., Stephenson, R., Stocks, A., Sumaila, U.R., Sutcliffe, T., Bailey, M. (2018). Coastal and Indigenous community access to marine resources and the ocean: A policy imperative for CanadaMarine Policy, 87:186–193.

Eger, S., Stephenson, R. et al. (Accepted, Publication Pending). Chapter 13: Bright spots in integrated management of Canada’s oceans and coasts. IN: Sumaila, R., Armitage, D., Bailey, M. and W.W. Cheung (Eds). (2021). Canada’s Oceans: Pathways to Sustainability in a Sea of Change. UBC Press: Vancouver.

Eger, S. 2020. [Review of the book Marine Spatial Planning: Past, Present and Future, by Kira Gee and Jacek Zaucha]. Ocean Yearbook: Brill | Nijhoff, 34(1):614-618.

Conference Presentations (Past 2 Years)

  • Eger, S. and S. Courtenay. (January 23, 2020).Learning from experience to advance the operationalization of integrated coastal and marine managementMiami Climate Symposium, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (Oral Presentation)
  • Eger, S. and S. Courtenay. (November 19, 2019). Faculty of Environment Graduate Student Symposium, University of Waterloo School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability (Oral Presentation)
  • Eger, S. and S. Courtenay. (2019) Operationalizing integrated coastal and marine management initiatives: Insights from lived experiences in the Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Canada. MARE X: People and the Sea. Amsterdam, June 23-28, 2019. (Oral Presentation)
  • Eger, S. (2019). Learning from experience to advance the operationalization of integrated coastal and marine management. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group for Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management (WGMPCZM) Annual meeting. Marine Institute, Galway, Ireland, April 12, 2019. (Oral presentation)
  • Eger, S. (2019). Learning from experience to advance the operationalization of integrated coastal and marine management. Queens University Belfast – School of Planning, March 6, 2019 (Visiting researcher presentation)
  • Eger, S and S. Courtenay. (2018). Governance arrangements for integrated coastal and marine management in the Bay of Fundy, Atlantic Canada. 12th Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership Science Workshop. Truro, NB. May 10, 2018 (Oral presentation)

Research Engagement