PhDs

Chelsea Boaler

Chelsea Boaler is the first PhD Candidate accepted into the Fisheries Science program at the Marine Institute. Under the supervision of Dr.'s Paul Foley and Marie Clement, She is involved in weaving ways of knowing to improve management outcomes for capelin in the north Atlantic. Specifically, Chelsea is focusing on gathering traditional local knowledge within the study region, working closely with fishing and indigenous communities along the North and South Shores of Labrador and the Lower North Shore of Quebec, as well as government, academia, and not-for -profit organizations.

Julek Chawarski

Julek Chawarski is currently working on projects relevant to Arctic fisheries assessment and the pelagic ecology of Canada's Arctic gateway under the supervision of co-supervision of Drs. Maxime Geoffroy and Louis Fortier. His background work in environmental education, food production, and fisheries led him to pursue an MSc in marine biology studying the effects of marine protected areas on groundfish recovery in New England. His primary focus is the development of innovative research methods for the study of biological and physical interactions in the pelagic environment of Arctic seas. 

Devin Flawd

Devin Flawd grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and completed his bachelor of science in marine biology at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.  He then worked as a Fisheries Biologist for NOAA Fisheries in Pascagoula, Mississippi for several years before he went on to the University of Florida to complete his Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Devin will be investigating spatial dynamics of the Grand Banks and Newfoundland and Labradors’ northeast coast flatfish based on industry-collected data as they relate to catch of target and non-target species.

Andrés Beita-Jiménez

Andrés Beita-Jiménez is originally from Costa Rica, where he graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Costa Rica. During his undergraduate, Andrés worked on several research projects on different fisheries from artisanal to semi industrial. The last couple of years, he has been studying the effects of marine protected areas on the ecology and management of fish in coral reefs. Andrés is interested in quantitative methods applied to the management of marine resources.

Kyle Krumsick

Kyle Krumsick

Kyle Krumsick joined CFER as a masters student, focusing on cod diet in Newfoundland and Labrador and how it varies with space, time and climate change. Kyle's doctoral work now brings these principles to an ecosystem level, where he is studying species interactions and food web modeling for the northeast coast of Newfoundland and southern Labrador. Originally from Eugene, Oregon, he completed his bachelor's degree in marine biology from the University of Oregon.

Kyle has lived and studied in Denmark and New Zealand. He speaks German and Danish, plays piano and spends a good portion of his free time pursuing his love of mythology.

Victoria Neville

Victoria Neville is a doctor of philosophy student with CFER where she recently transitioned from a master of science.  Her PhD thesis uses analytical geochemical techniques to examine cod otoliths. This method extracts information on fish movements from the otoliths which then serves as natural tags.

Originally from Sydney, Nova Scotia, she completed her undergraduate degree at Memorial University. She got her first taste of research at the Bonne Bay Marine Station where her research focused on the post-moratorium recovery of a local stock of snow crab. She enjoys fieldwork and fishing and is an avid scuba diver.

Andrea Perreault

Andrea Perreault is a PhD student with CFER. She completed her undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The work she undertook during her undergraduate degree was broad, including investigating the impacts of black holes on the hydrogen atom, and also exploring the effects of violating assumptions on statistical models. Recently, Andrea has found an interest in the sustainability of natural resources, and this interest led her to the new fisheries science program, in stock assessment, at the Marine Institute. She will be working under the supervision of Dr. Noel Cadigan, building growth curves for American plaice on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland that include important spatiotemporal variability.

Pierre Priou

Pierre Priou is originally from Brittany France and completed his bachelor of Science in Biology and Environmental Sciences from the Université de Nantes, France. He then moved to Norway to get a Master’s degree in Marine Ecology and Biodiversity from the Arctic University of Norway where he focused on vertical distribution of zooplankton using a Video Plankton Recorder. Pierre currently works under the supervision of Dr. Maxime Geoffroy and will be investigating the northward range expansion of boreal species into the Arctic and its effects on Arctic species. He will use innovative methods from ship-based surveys to autonomous ice-tethered echosounders deployed in fjords and from the sea ice. This work is part of the ArcticABC project in collaboration with The Arctic University of Norway.

Matthew Robertson

Matthew Robertson is a PhD student at CFER who is working under the supervision of Dr. Fan Zhang. Matthew grew up in New Hampshire and completed his bachelor of science in marine biology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He then moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to complete his master of science in oceanography at Louisiana State University where he studied local monitoring of small-scale marine fisheries in Tanzania. His PhD research at CFER focuses on developing ecosystem based stock assessment methods for flatfish on the Grand Bank off Newfoundland. This work is part of the Ocean Frontier Institute.