I received my Ph.D. in Marine Zoology from Gothenburg University (Sweden) in 1996, studying the effects of habitat complexity and spatial heterogeneity on marine benthic fauna. I was fortunate to carry my research in a variety of geographical areas and habitats - from polar to tropical, and from intertidal to deep-water. I am actively involved in seabed habitat mapping at Bedford Institute of Oceanography since 1998, carrying research on the relationship between distribution of benthic communities and physical properties of seafloor habitats (geological and oceanographic conditions) in Canadian waters. Working closely with marine geologists, I apply recent advances in underwater remote-sensing technology and ecological theory to benthic habitat classification and mapping.
Natural Resources Canada,
Bedford Institute of Oceanography,
1 Challenger Drive (P.O. Box 1006),
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,
Canada, B2Y 4A2
School for Resource and Environmental Studies
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Avenue, Suite 5010
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada, B3H 3J5
RECENT SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS:
6 June 2006. Canadian
September 2006. NOAA
Advanced technologies workshop,
13 October 2006. Invited
talk: “Seabed habitat mapping for Ocean management: Keeping your eyes
on the Goal. Examples from Canadian experience”. UNH Center for Coastal
& Ocean Mapping.
22 - 24 January 2007. Invited
presentation at Scientific Experts’ Workshop on Biogeographic
Classification Systems in Open Ocean and Deep Seabed Areas Beyond National
19 - 20 February 2007. Expert adviser. “Geoscientific
Research in the St-Lawrence Estuary”. Workshop for members and partners
of the GSC team working on marine geology in the St. Lawrence Estuary.
February 27th - March 1st 2007. Geoscience for Oceans Management
Workshop, NRCan. Presentation “First steps toward a national
perspective on habitat mapping”. Chaired a breakout group
“Habitat mapping - the big picture for
26 March 2007. Invited
presentation of habitat template model at US/Canada Habitat Workgroup
Meeting, organized by NMFS at
2005 Blasco et al. Beaufort Sea Environmental and geotechnical research related to offshore hydrocarbon development. 32 Annual Yellowknife Geoscience forum 16 - 18 November 2004. [all abstracts, large file]
2005 Pickrill, R and
Kostylev, V. E. Habitat Mapping and National Seafloor Mapping Strategies in
2005 Kostylev V.E. Participation in the Census of
Marine life planning meeting.
2005 Kostylev V.E. Presentation to Nova Scotia Scallop fishery Association. Dartmouth.
2004 Kostylev V. E. Benthic habitat mapping on Scotian shelf. GEOHAB 2004
2004 Brian Todd, Shaw, J., Kostylev, V.E. New marine geoscience and benthic habitat map products from the Geological Survey of Canada. Poster presentation.
Kostylev V.E. DFO Regional Advisory Process on benthic habitat mapping.
Bedford Institute of Oceanography,
Kostylev V. E. Challenging Geological Supremacy: An approach to Habitat
Mapping. An overview of a new methodology of mapping habitat on the Canadian
Kostylev V.E. Benthic habitat template model. James J. Howard Marine Science
Kostylev V.E. Presentation of Beaufort Sea Habitat mapping: benthos, multibeam, surveys. Research Day Open house in
2004 Kostylev V.E. Presentation on progress of habitat mapping in Beaufort Sea to Fisheries Joint Management Committee at Freshwater Institute, Winnipeg, January 2004.
2004 Kostylev V.E. Benthic classification on Scotian Shelf. Presentation at DFO Workshop on the Maintenance of the Diversity of Ecosystem Types: Benthic Community Distributions of the Scotian-Fundy Area. December 2004.
Kostylev V.E. Habitat template approach to habitat mapping. Presentation at
Kostylev V.E. Represented NRCan at Ocean Zoning Workshop,
Kostylev V.E. Rapporteur for a working group.
Census of Marine Life Workshop.
Noji, TT; Thorsnes, T;
Todd, B; Kostylev, V; Cogan, CB. 2003. Marine habitat mapping. In: Rachold, V; Cherkashov, G, eds.
Arctic Coastal Dynamics - Report of the 4th International Workshop;
B. J, V. E. Kostylev and Page C. Valentine. Benthic habitat of eastern Georges Bank, Gulf of Maine.
GEOHAB 2003 New
2003 Kostylev V.E. Benthic habitat mapping on Scotian shelf. James J. Howard Marine Science laboratory
2003 Kostylev V.E. Series of seminars for DFO, Oceans Act Office on development of new habitat mapping methodology.
2003 Guest scientist, Geological survey of
2003 Guest Scientist, Marine Biological Association,
2003 Kostylev V.E. NRCan habitat mapping approaches and progress of project X32. Offshore Petroleum Board, Halifax.
2002 Kostylev, V.E. Benthic habitat mapping on Scotian shelf. Scientists and Fishermen conference, Halifax, N.S. Invited speaker
2002 Kostylev, V.E. Clearwater Fine Foods Inc. Presentation
of NRCan benthic habitat mapping activities for seagoing personnel. Invited
2002 Valentine, P. C., Todd, B. J. and Kostylev, V. E. A Regional Approach to Marine Sublittoral Habitat Classification: An Example for Northeastern North America. GEOHAB 2002, USA. Oral presentation (Todd).
1994 Swire Marine biological laboratory, Hong Kong. Prof. G. Williams. Studies of habitat complexity and benthic communities. Invitation and funding.
Marine Biological Association,
Memorial University of Newfoundland. Dr. A. Aksu.
Cooperation on palaeoecology of Black and
1999/present Geological survey of
2002/present DFO, interdepartmental habitat mapping, principal investigator. Funding from DFO at 50,000 per year for 3 year project.
2003 Marine Biological Association, UK. Prof. S. Hawkins. Invitation and funding for cooperative research.
2001/present Member of Eastern Scotian Shelf Integrated Management initiative planning committee.
2001/present Member, GEOHAB. International group for geological habitat mapping.
2001/present Member, Centre for Marine Biodiversity.
2002/present DFO, invitation to lead interdepartmental habitat mapping, principal investigator.
2003 Member, Marine Biological Association,
2003 - present Official Canadian representative at International Council for the Exploration of the Sea Working Group on Marine Habitat Mapping.
2003/2005 Responsible for benthic habitat component of NRCan project #X33, “Habitat Mapping.”
2003/present Project manager. Beaufort Shelf Benthic Habitat Mapping. Funded by PERD.
2004 Member of Gulf of Maine Global Ocean Observing System (GoMaGOOS) international planning team.
2004 Appointed as an adjunct professor at
2005 Thesis supervisor. "Predictive mapping of benthic habitats using acoustic remote sensing techniques". University of Ulster/NOAA/GSCA