Research Week

Research Week 2021

You’re invited to share in Memorial University’s Research Week 2021 from Nov. 22-26.

Please join our researchers, graduate students and partners in industry as we showcase our research, collaboration and innovation in the oceans sectors.

 

Research Week 2021 Sessions
TitleDate/TimeDescriptionPresenter/Moderator

Propelling the Blue Economy: Connecting Our Oceans,
Our People, Our Future

Nov 23-25
12 pm daily

You are invited to the launch of the Marine Institute's three-day virtual symposium, which takes place during Research Week. This event brings together scientists, researchers, government representatives, industry stakeholders, NGOs and Indigenous and coastal communities to exchange and share their experiences and ideas on all aspects of The Ocean Decade.

The symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and solutions to assist in the development of a common framework that will contribute to the development of a sustainable blue economy for Canada and the world.

This event runs Nov. 23, 24 and 25. To register and view the full schedule of events and speakers, please see here
       

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research
Fisheries and Marine Institute

Lessons from the Placentia Bay Coastal Restoration Project

Nov. 22
1pm – 2 pm

CFER’s Marsha Clarke and Dr. Arnault Lebris will outline the work done to restore healthy coastal habitats in Placentia Bay over the last five years (2017 to present) through the Coastal Restoration Fund.

From underwater gardening to a war on the invasive European green crab, this project has involved extensive team work that has tested minds and bodies (and boats!).

Learn how the research team has worked to use their collective knowledge, along with lots of creative thinking, in order to restore healthy habitats for young ocean life.

This session will be hosted via MS Teams. Registration details are available here

Marsha Clarke is a Fisheries  Research Technologist. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Dalhousie University, with a major in Aquaculture. She completed her Master of Science in Aquaculture at Memorial University in 2008, where she studied cod eggs and larvae at the Ocean Sciences Centre. Since graduating, she has been working as a research technologist – working first at DFO from 2008 - 2010, and having now been with the Marine Institute since 2011. She has experience working on projects related to aquaculture, seafood processing, biotechnology, and fisheries ecosystems.

       

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Fisheries and Marine Institute

Establishing an Arctic Char Counting Facility on Labrador’s Fraser River

 

Nov. 23
2pm – 3 pm

Arctic char supports a valuable commercial and domestic fishery that significantly impacts food-security and family economies along the Labrador coast.

During 2021, a fish counting structure was established and tested on Fraser River as Phase 1 of a multi-year project to investigate population ecology of the local Arctic char stock and provide critical data on abundance necessary to inform recommendations and management decisions.

This research involves a collaboration between Torngat Joint Fisheries Board through the Torngat Secretariat and the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, with support from the Nunatsiavut Government and Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

This presentation will overview the research initiative and describe activities during the 2021 field season including establishment of the remote field camp and installation and testing of an Adaptive Resolution Imaging Sonar (ARIS) system.

This session will be hosted via MS Teams. Registration details are available here.

Dr. Sherrylynn Rowe – Research Scientist and MUN Project Lead, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Marine Institute.

Craig Taylor – Fisheries Analyst, Torngat Wildlife, Plants & Fisheries Secretariat.

Adam Templeton – Fisheries Technologist and MUN Technical/Field Lead, Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Marine Institute

       

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Fisheries and Marine Institute

 

Nov. 24
11am – 12 pm

In the summer of 2021, scientists boarded the CCGS Amundsen on a mission to better understand the geology, oceanography, and ecology of the North Atlantic and Arctic.

Join this session while we showcase the operations used to complete this mission and share video clips about the life as a new scientist on board the research cruise.

Using the data collected during the voyage, we share how hydroacoustics and net sampling are important to better understand the ecology of northern pelagic ecosystems.

Eugenie Jacobsen and Jennifer Herbig explain how their research relates to the work conducted onboard and highlight its importance in studying a changing Arctic Ocean.

This event will take place in MI Conference Centre, Marine Institute and will also be hosted via MS Teams.  Registration details are available here

Eugenie Jacobsen (she/her) is a MSc student in Fisheries Science and Technology at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER). Currently, she studies contaminants (mercury, methyl mercury, and organochloride pesticides) in demersal and pelagic fish from the Labrador Sea and the Canadian Arctic with Dr. Maxime Geoffroy (CFER) and Dr. David Cote.

Jenny Herbig (she/her) is a PhD candidate in Fisheries Science and Technology at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland in the Center for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER). Currently, she studies the ecology of Arctic Cod, Boreogadus saida, in the Canadian Arctic with Dr. Maxime Geoffroy and Dr. Jonathan Fisher. 
       

School of Maritime Studies

Graduate Research Showcase

Nov. 24
12 pm

Join our School of Marine Studies graduate students who will showcase their latest research work.

This event will be hosted via WebEx. Registration details are available here

 
 
       

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Fisheries and Marine Institute

Recent and future advancements in assessment methodology for data-rich stocks.

 

Nov. 25
1030 am – 1130 am

 

Dr. Noel Cadigan will discussing the developing role that integrated state-space statistical models have in fish stock assessments.

This will be illustrated with the data-rich example of cod off the northeast coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. I also describe why spatial stock assessment models are increasingly considered for stock assessment and fisheries management advice.

This session will be hosted via MS Teams. Registration details are available here.

Dr. Noel Cadigan is an associate professor at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research (CFER) of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the Ocean Choice International Research Chair in Stock Assessment and Sustainable Harvest Advice for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.

Dr. Cadigan first started research on stock assessment methods in 1990 when he worked with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Center in Newfoundland. He received a PhD in statistics in 1999 at the University of Waterloo and then became a DFO research scientist and focused on the assessment of Atlantic cod and other groundfish stocks. In 2012 Dr. Cadigan accepted a research scientist position at CFER.

Dr. Cadigan’s research deals with statistical methods for fish stock assessment and sustainable fisheries management. He has extensive experience in the assessment of Newfoundland fish stocks, and experience with many other Canadian, American, and European stocks. Recently his research has been focused on spatiotemporal models for complex fisheries data, and state-space/spatial stock assessment models.

       

School of Maritime Studies, Fisheries and Marine Institute

I Sit All Day, Should I be Worried?

Nov. 25
1 pm – 2 pm

SMS Talks Research presents Dr. Diana De Carvalho from the Faculty of Medicine will be presenting I Sit All Day, Should I be Worried?

This event will be held on WebEx

Meeting Number: 2634 904 4342

Password: MITalk

Dr. Diana De Carvalho, Associate Professor, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University

       

Fisheries and Marine Institute

All hands on deck: Academic-industry collaborations within the Marine Institute accelerate research and training opportunities in a changing ocean.

Nov. 26
1030 am-1130 am

What contributes to the unique and diverse research and training opportunities within the Fisheries and Marine Institute?

One aspect is the breadth and depth of industry-academic collaborations.  This panel of MI students and researchers will discuss this issue through short presentations addressing a common set of questions from their own perspectives and examples – Why collaborate? How were collaborations formed? What are the benefits for research and training?  And What is the future of collaboration in your field(s)?  What unique opportunities do these collaborations offer to ocean research?

This session will be hosted via MS Teams. Registration details are available here.

 
       

Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Fisheries and Marine Institute

The influence of climate and prey availability on flatfish on the Newfoundland Grand Bank

Nov. 26
1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

PhD candidate will Matthew Robertson will outline his thesis research that focuses on understanding the influence of climate and prey availability on flatfish on the Grand Bank off Newfoundland.

This session will be hosted via MS Teams. Registration details are available here

Matthew Robertson is a PhD candidate in Fisheries Science at the Fisheries & Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland. For his PhD research, Matt is modelling the spatial, predation, and population dynamics of two flatfishes – American plaice and yellowtail flounder, on the Newfoundland Grand Bank. Matt was awarded the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for this research.

Matt’s research interests lie in answering macro-scale ecological questions in fisheries, and how those questions can be addressed in ways that can be used to improve advice for ecosystem management.