Our Team

 
Management and Administration
Director


Paul Winger, Ph.D.
Director
Telephone: 709-778-0430

Melissa Rideout


Melissa Rideout
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 709-778-0521

 
Research and Technical Personnel


Tomás Araya Schmidt, Ph.D.
Fisheries Technologist
Telephone: 709-778-0384

Shannon Bayse


Shannon Bayse, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Telephone: 709-778-0386

Scott Grant, Senior Fisheries Biologist


Scott Grant, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Telephone: 709-778-0598

George Legge Facility Supervisor


George Legge
Facility Supervisor
Telephone: 709-778-0508

Mark Santos, Fisheries Technologist


Mark Santos, MTM
Fisheries Technologist
Telephone: 709-778-0797

Daniel Gosse


Daniel Gosse
Electronics Technologist
Telephone: 709-778-0629


Jill Conway
Fisheries Technologist
Telephone: 709-778-0553

 
Adjunct Research Scientists
Pingguo He,Professor, School for Marine Science and Technology, UMass Dartmouth


Pingguo He, Ph.D.
Professor
School for Marine Science and Technology
UMass Dartmouth

 
Current Graduate Students


Sidney Andrade
Ph.D. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Telephone: 709-778-0303
Thesis Title: Improving elasmobranch bycatch reduction in commercial fisheries

Colin Frank


Colin Frank
Ph.D. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Telephone: 709-778-0583
Thesis Title: TBD


Stuart Newbury
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Telephone: 709-778-0557
Thesis Title: TBD


Genevieve Peck
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Telephone: 709-778-0576
Thesis Title: Evaluating the viability of low-breaking strength fishing gear for the snow crab fishery in Newfoundland


Cameron Pye
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Using adaptive management to reduce fishing pressure on Golden Cod near the Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Rioghnach Steiner


Rioghnach Steiner
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Investigating snow crab behaviour prior to pot capture.


Jackson Yang
Ph.D. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Telephone: 709-778-0425
Thesis Title: Iceland Scallop (Chlamys islandica) reproductive biology


Samantha Zabudsky
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Towed video surveys of Nunavut's deep sea and coastal marine environments: investigating density of mobile demersal and stationary benthic species

 
Past Graduate Students
James Anderson M.Eng.- Computer Engineering


James Anderson
M.Eng.- Computer Engineering
Thesis Title: Stereovision in underwater environments

Tomás Araya Schmidt M.Sc. – Environmental Science


Tomás Araya Schmidt
Ph.D. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Reducing bottom trawl seabed impacts and bycatch in the Eastern Canada offshore Northern shrimp (Pandalus borealis) fishery.

Jonathan Bergshoeff M.Sc. - Ocean Sciences


Jonathan Bergshoeff
M.Sc. - Ocean Sciences
Thesis Title: Developing an optimal removal program for the invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) in Newfoundland

Zhaohai Cheng Ph.D. – Environmental Science


Zhaohai Cheng
Ph.D. – Environmental Science
Thesis Title: Improving the size selectivity of trawl codends for shrimp and redfish fisheries in the North Atlantic


Maggie Folkins
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Using underwater video observations to improve capture efficiency of fishing gear


Colin Frank
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Visual modeling approach to assess fishing gear efficiency and visual capacity of snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio): A case study on luminescent-netting pots in commercial fisheries

Gregory Furey M.Sc. - Biology


Gregory Furey
M.Sc. - Biology
Thesis Title: Prevalence and effects of rhizocephalan (Briarosaccus callosus) parasitism on the deep water Porcupine crab (Neolithodes grimaldii) captured on the Labrador shelf in the Northwest Atlantic and an assessment of post-capture survival using the reflex action mortality predictor (RAMP) method.

Jessica Kenney M.Sc. – Biology


Jessica Kenney
M.Sc. – Biology
Thesis Title: Assessing and minimizing fillet discolouration in commercially harvested yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)

Anulika Mbakwe M.Sc. - Environmental Science


Anulika Mbakwe
M.Sc. - Environmental Science
Thesis Title: Investigating factors that influence the catchability of northern stone crab (Lithodes maja)

Phillip Meintzer M.Sc. - Ocean Sciences


Phillip Meintzer
M.Sc. - Ocean Sciences
Thesis Title: Improving baited pots for Atlantic cod in Newfoundland and Labrador fisheries

Jenna Munden M.Sc. - Biology


Jenna Munden
M.Sc. - Biology
Thesis Title: Reducing negative ecological impacts of capture fisheries through gear modification

Andrew Murphy M.Sc. - Biology


Andrew Murphy
M.Sc. - Biology
Thesis Title: Evaluation of fishing gears modified to reduce ecological impacts in commercial fisheries

Khanh Nguyen Doctor of Philosophy Candidate


Khanh Nguyen
Ph.D. – Environmental Science
Thesis Title: Lighten up. Using Low-Powered LED lights to improve the efficiency and selectivity of fishing gear

Truong Nguyen Doctor of Philosophy Candidate


Truong Nguyen
Ph.D. – Environmental Science
Thesis Title: Development of Seabed Friendly Bottom Trawls

Vang Nguyen


Vang Nguyen
Ph.D. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Developing and improving the selectivity of bottom trawls in northern atlantic fisheries

Emma Posluns M.Sc. – Environmental Science


Emma Posluns
M.Sc. – Environmental Science
Thesis Title: The analysis of temporal and environmental influence on commercial catch rate of yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea)

Taufiqur Rahman Ph.D - Mechanical Engineering


Taufiqur Rahman
Ph.D - Mechanical Engineering
Thesis Title: Design synthesis and prototype implementation of parallel orientation manipulators for optomechatronic applications

Jackie Saturno, M.Sc. - Fisheries Science and Technology


Jackie Saturno
M.Sc. - Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: Investigating the role of fishing gear in the generation of microplastic waste and ingestion by Atlantic cod in Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Melanie Underwood M.Sc. – Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology


Melanie Underwood
M.Sc. – Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology
Thesis Title: The use of a high definition (HD) underwater camera to observe the behaviour of yellowtail flounder (Limanda ferruginea) in the mouth of a commercial bottom trawl

Jessica Wood


Jessica Wood
M.Sc. – Fisheries Science and Technology
Thesis Title: From the Mud Up: Assessing the Life History of the Soft-Shell Clam (Mya truncata) of Baffin Island and its Potential as a Commercial Fishery.

Nicola Zargarpour M.Sc. - Ocean Sciences


Nicola Zargarpour
M.Sc. - Ocean Sciences
Thesis Title: To catch a predator: Using underwater video to investigate the impact of invasive green crab (Carcinus maenas) on American lobster (Homarus americanus) catch efficiency