M.Sc. (Aquatic Ecology),
B.Sc. (Major in Zoology and Microbiology)
With 25 years of environmental assessment and emergency response experience, Leanne Zrum brings extensive expertise in a wide array of fields:
She is a recognized expert in the conduct of shoreline assessments using the Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT: ground, aerial, and canine) and other monitoring approaches. Leanne is based in Montreal, QC.
Leanne has completed sensitivity mapping and site-specific shoreline response plans for several West African countries and Montenegro in the Adriatic Sea. For West Africa, she also led the development of a SIMA for both the offshore and coastal marine environments.
As part of the oil removal operations for two coastal shipwrecks (NL and BC, Canada), Leanne provided shoreline assessment and planning support. She acted as SCAT Coordinator and led the development of shoreline response plans for both wrecks.
Leanne is the project manager for the preparation of scientific/technical manuals on monitoring and sampling and the use of in-situ burning (ISB) for oil spill response in Canada. She also recently co-authored the 2020 IPIECA-IOPG technical support document Oil Spill Monitoring and Sampling and the 2021 ECCC manual, A Field Guide to Oil Spill Response on Freshwater Shorelines.
Interesting career fact
Leanne has significant and recent spill response experience in marine and inland environments. As part of these incidents, Leanne has contributed to the development of innovative approaches for the delineation and characterization of oiling in challenging environments, such as submerged and sunken oil in wetland habitats (inland train derailment, Lake Wabamun) and overland oiling in a Caribbean pine forest (Hurricane Dorian, Grand Bahamas Island).