Our Researchers

Dr. Jillian Westcott
(709) 778-0337
Research Areas:
Sea Lice Monitoring, Management and Control, Cleaner Fish.

Dr. Jillian Westcott is an instructor and researcher within the School of Fisheries, Marine Institute, Memorial University. She completed a BSc. in Biology from Memorial University, a BSc. in Agriculture (majoring in Aquaculture) from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island, a PhD from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, and Post-Secondary Instructor Certification from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour.

Currently, Dr. Westcott’s primary research goal is to contribute to the sustainability of the aquaculture industry of Canada by conducting research related to monitoring, managing and controlling sea lice on Atlantic salmon. She conducts collaborative research with academia and industry through the co-supervision of graduate student research projects related to aquaculture.

Dr. Westcott is currently co-supervising students in the Master of Science (Aquaculture) program at Memorial University.


Jillian currently teaches/co-teaches or has taught courses in two (2) community based/certificate programs and six (6) different post-secondary programs at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University and Memorial University. Courses taught/co-taught include:

  • MSTM 4090 - Introduction to Technology
  • MSTM 6031 - Overview of Technical Operations
  • MSTM 6072 - Animal Husbandry Management
  • MSTM 6074 - Aquaculture Site and Operational Assessment
  • BSMG 3118 - Technical Problem Solving
  • BSMG 4104 - Business Management
  • TKPR 411A - Technical Project
  • AQUA 4104 - Fish Nutrition
  • AQUA 4107 - Finfish Culture
  • AQUA 4108 - Site Selection
  • AQUA 6100 - Finfish Aquaculture
  • AQUA 6202 - Ploidy Manipulation in Aquaculture
  • AQUA 6203 - Applications of Transcriptome Analysis in Aquaculture
  • Aquaculture Human Resource Management


Significant Publications:

Whyte, S.K., Westcott, J.D., Revie, C.W., and Hammell, K. L. (2016). Sensitivity of salmon lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) in New Brunswick, Canada, to the organophosphate Salmosan® (w/w 50% azamethiphos) using bioassays. Aquaculture, 464, 593-600.

Whyte, S.K., Westcott, J.D., Jimenez, D., Revie, C.W., and Hammell, K.L. (2014). Assessment of sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) management in New Brunswick, Canada using deltamethrin (AlphaMax®) through clinical field treatment and laboratory bioassay responses. Aquaculture, 422-423, 54-62.

Whyte, S.K., Westcott, J.D., Elmoslemany, A., Hammell, K.L., Revie, C.W. (2013). A fixed-dose approach to conducting emamectin benzoate tolerance assessments on field-collected sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis). Journal of Fish Diseases, 36, 283-292.

Whyte, S.K., Westcott, J.D., Byrne, P.J., Hammell, K.L. (2011). Comparison of the depletion of emamectin benzoate (SLICE®) residues from skeletal muscle and skin of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), for multiple dietary dose regimens at 10 °C. Aquaculture, 315, 228-235.

Westcott, J.D, Hammell, L.H, Revie, C. (2010). Training Manual: A Guide to Conducting Sea Lice Counts in New Brunswick. Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE.

Byrne, P., Westcott, J.D., McClure, C., Caraguel, C., and Hammell, K. L. (2008). Mitigating Pathogen Transmission for Commercial Solid Wall Marine Salmon Farms in British Columbia – a Concept Paper: Disinfection Technologies, Biosecurity, and Animal Health. Chadwick EMP, Parsons GJ, Sayavong B (Editors). DFO. (2008). Potential Technologies for Closed-containment Saltwater Salmon Aquaculture. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2008/001.

Westcott, J.D., Stryhn, H., Hammell, K.L., Burka, J.F. (2008). Optimization and use of a bioassay to monitor field sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis sensitivity to emamectin benzoate. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 79, 119-131.

Westcott, J.D. (2007). Monitoring Sea Lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) Sensitivity to Emamectin Benzoate in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) (Doctoral dissertation). University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE.

Westcott, J.D., Hammell, K.L, and Burka, J.F. (2004). Sea lice treatments, management practices and sea lice sampling methods on Atlantic salmon farms in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada. Aquaculture Research, 35, 784-792.