Alexis Saulnier - Researcher-in-Residence

Alexis Saulnier


Alexis is a Nova Scotian master’s student studying the behaviour and ecology of endangered seabirds.

Born and raised on the French Acadian shores of southwest Nova Scotia, Alexis is no stranger to the coastal lifestyle. Clare, the small Acadian fishing village she calls home, is also home to Université Sainte-Anne where she completed her undergraduate degree in biology.

Continuing her pursuit for knowledge and passion for the natural world, she enrolled in a graduate program at Acadia University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Mallory of Acadia University and Dr. Shawn Craik of Université Sainte-Anne. The focus of her graduate studies is avian ecology and behaviour. More specifically, since 2021 Alexis has been monitoring and studying the foraging ecology and behaviour of the largest Canadian colony of the endangered roseate tern. An hour or so from Clare, the colony is located on North Brother Island in one of the most historically significant Acadian regions: Pubnico, Nova Scotia.

When not monitoring the terns of North Brother or reading research papers, Alexis enjoys the occasional Werner Herzog documentary and more so spending time outdoors; whether it’s camping or day hiking on the ocean cliffsides, the natural world is the call she answers.