Scientists, Post Doctoral Fellows and Staff

Erin Carruthers

Dr. Erin Carruthers was a postdoctoral fellow with CFER. Erin’s research focused on understanding the impacts on marine ecosystems and discovering ways to mitigate those impacts. During her doctoral research at Memorial University, she identified bycatch mitigation opportunities in swordfish and tuna fisheries using both quantitative models and qualitative data from fishermen interviews. Before coming to Newfoundland, Erin worked as a Research Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the St. Andrews Biological Station. Her research with CFER focused on how changing fishing and ecological pressures impact capelin in Newfoundland and Labrador. Erin now holds the position of Fisheries Scientist at Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW).

Jennifer Doucette

Dr. Jennifer Doucette was a postdoctoral fellow with CFER. Jennifer conducted her Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Regina where she studied diet and food web ecology of fish-eating birds, and their impacts on sport and commercial fish species. Before that, Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Dalhousie University and worked as a Fisheries Technician with the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society in Nova Scotia. Over the years, she has developed an affinity for applied fisheries ecology, food web modeling, and stable isotopes ecology. Jennifer’s research while at CFER involved developing ecosystem models of the southern Grand Banks. Jennifer is a Senior Aquatic Biologist/Project Manager at CanNorth (Canada North Environmental Services). 

Christoph Konrad

Dr. Christoph Konrad was a postdoctoral fellow at CFER. Prior to his appointment at CFER, he worked on the EcoFishMan Project at the University of Aberdeen linking the ecological impact of fisheries and the economic revenue of fisheries in the North Sea.

Christoph was awarded a doctor of philosophy in theoretical ecology as well as a bachelor of science (honours) in zoology at the University of Aberdeen. In between, he received a masters of research at the University of St. Andrews. Christoph's doctoral thesis looked at the development and application of random-walk models. While working at CFER he analyzed cod-tag data from the NAFO divisions 3P4RS and 2J3KL to enhance the understanding of cod stock dynamics such as growth rates, migration patterns and the selectivity of effective gear. Christoph has accepted a position at AMEC.

Stephanie Lelievre

Dr. Stéphanie Lelievre was a postdoctoral fellow with CFER. Stéphanie's research focused on snow crab productivity and management targets under changing ocean conditions. During her doctoral research at the IFREMER Institute (France), she identified spawning grounds in the Eastern English Channel and the southern part of the North Sea, using cartography and habitat modelling.

Before coming to Newfoundland, Stéphanie also worked as a researcher at IFREMER on the CHARM project. The project objective is to improve knowledge of the English Channel sea area in order to preserve the fragile environment and help establish sustainable management of resources.

Hannah Murphy

Dr. Hannah Murphy was a postdoctoral fellow with CFER. Hannah’s research focused on fish larval trophodynamics (food-web dynamics). During her doctoral research at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Hannah investigated how zooplankton availability (bottom-up processes) affected larval survival and recruitment of snapper, a temperate marine fish. Before moving to Newfoundland, Hannah lived in Vancouver, British Columbia where she completed a bachelor of science at the University of British Columbia, and in Melbourne, Australia where she completed a bachelor of science (Honours) and a doctor of philosophy at the University of Melbourne. Hannah’s research at CFER focused on how larval growth affects capelin survival and recruitment, as well as an acoustic project on halibut. Hannah has taken a research scientist position at DFO.

Anna Olafsdottir

Dr. Anna Olafsdottir is a Ph.D. graduate in Biology from Memorial University, St. John’s, Canada. She convocated with a B.Sc. in Marine Biology from University of Iceland, Reykjavik in 1999. Prior to entering graduate school in Canada she worked at the Marine Research Institute, in Reykjavik, as a research technician. Anna finished a M.Sc. in biology from Memorial University in 2005 where she investigated environmental effect on daily growth of capelin (Mallotus villosus) larvae. Her doctoral thesis focuses on how the capelin spawning migration searches for appropriate spawning locations and what cues instigate the migration. After graduation, Anna worked as a research scientist at the Pelagic Division, Faroe Marine Research Institute. Currently, Anna holds a position as a fisheries scientist at the Marine Research Institute (MRI) in Reykjavik, Iceland. Anna works in the pelagic department where she is responsible for research, stock assessments and scientific advice of Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) and blue whiting (Micromesistius poutassou).

Clara Penny

Clara Penny acted as the administrative assistant for CFER. She has worked with both the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology and the Office of the Registrar during her time at the Marine Institute. Clara has experience editing websites and publications and has an English, Physical Education and Education background. Currently, Clara works with the School of Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute. 

Dominique Robert

Dominique Robert

Dr. Dominique Robert is a research scientist with interests in understanding bottom-up processes driving the recruitment of marine fish populations. A large portion of his past and current work has focused on the relationships linking zooplankton prey production to larval fish feeding success, growth and survival.

Prior to joining CFER, Dominique was a research fellow with the ArcticNet NCE, investigating the impact of climate change on Arctic cod populations in the Canadian Arctic based on otolith microstructure analysis and acoustic detection. Hailing from Quebec City, he received his doctor of philosophy from Université Laval, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto University. Dominique has accepted a position at the University of Quebec in Rimouski.

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George Rose

George Rose

Dr. George Rose has worked in the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries for almost 30 years. George was the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada chair of Fisheries Conservation at the Marine Institute prior to becoming director of the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER).

A Newfoundlander by birth, he obtained his doctor of philosophy from McGill University focusing on the Labrador fisheries, and a master of science from Laurentian University and a bachelor of science (agriculture) in fisheries management from the University of Guelph.

He has worked for provincial, federal and international fisheries organizations. Dr. Rose has published more than 100 papers on the North Atlantic fisheries, an award winning book on the Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries ecosystems, and is currently editor-in-chief of the international journal Fisheries Research.

Ed Stern

Ed Stern has a background in small vessel marine systems, an undergraduate degree in human ecology and a masters degree in fisheries management. He was previously a boatbuilder’s apprentice in Maine, a groundfish manager with NOAA Sustainable Fisheries in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and an Alaska commercial salmon fisherman for five years. Ed has policy research experience on Alaska’s halibut fisheries and groundfisheries in New England and Newfoundland. He has participated in fisheries from Newfoundland to Alaska including crab, surf clam, salmon, halibut, sablefish and groundfish. Currently, Ed is the Fisheries Policy Officer at the Fisheries Secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden. Ed works with sustainable fisheries policy in the EU, with a focus on the Baltic area.

Ilhan Yandi

Dr. Ilhan Yandi was a postdoctoral fellow with CFER. Before joining the Centre, he was a Maritime Faculty scientist at Recep Tayyip Erdogan University. He holds a doctor of philosophy in Marine Ecology, specializing in marine fish larvae, from Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. During his doctoral research, he examined RNA, DNA and protein content of larval horse mackerel and anchovy hatched from field-captured eyed eggs.

Ilhan collaborated with Dr. Robert on developing a technique for rearing larval capelin, a forage fish of high economic and ecological importance in Northwest Atlantic marine ecosystems. Results of this study will uncover factors that control growth and survival, and will validate otolith usage in estimating age and growth history of early larvae.

Laura Wheeland

Laura Wheeland

Laura Wheeland worked as a Fisheries Technologist with CFER from September 2013 to May 2017. Laura holds a BSc (Honours) from McMaster University in biology and environmental sciences and an MSc (Biology) from Memorial University, which she completed as a graduate student within CFER. While working at CFER, Laura focused largely on fisheries ecosystems surveys around Newfoundland and Labrador, conducting at-sea sampling and laboratory analyses. Laura was also lead on projects examining fisheries in Canada's North and completing inshore fisheries exploration and ecosystem surveys for communities in Nunavut. Laura is currently an Aquatic Science Biologist in the Groundfish section of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in St. John's, NL.