Meet the Team

Our researchers are based at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The team has a diverse range of expertise, allowing us to approach complex questions in a multidisciplinary way.

 

 

 

Dr. Amanda Bates

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair in Marine Environmental Physiology

at Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

abates@mun.ca

 

 

 

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Research Interests:

 

Environmental variability, physiological tolerance, and biodiversity in an era of global change

 

The global redistribution of species is leading to large-scale community change. Gaining a process-based understanding for what factors create species and community resilience under environmental variability is an important research objective for our time.

 

My research aims to address this theme by linking physiological thresholds of organisms to the environment they experience to quantify changes in species distributions, the outcome of species interactions, and community patterns. My approach is to link spatial and temporal trends in abiotic variables at biologically relevant scales using standardized experimental protocols, complementary laboratory and field approaches, meta-analytic approaches, and modern statistical tools.

Dr. Jackson Chu

NSERC Post-doctoral researcher

jchu@mun.ca

 

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Research Interests: 

Benthos, habitat variability, in situ data

 

Research Focus:

Developing an ecophysiological framework for predicting the response of cold-water corals and sponges to habitat variability. 

 

Education:

Ph.D. Biology - University of Victoria, 2016
M.Sc. Biological Sciences - University of Alberta, 2010
B.Sc. Co-op Biology and Physical Geography- Simon Fraser University, 2006

Jasmin Schuster

PhD candidate

jmschuster@mun.ca

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Research Interests:

Multiple stressors, physiological traits, community change

 

Thesis Focus:

Quantifying the sensitivity of key physiological traits to multiple environmental stressors across space and time.

 

Education:

M.Sci. Marine Biology - University of Southampton, 2017

 

Brandy Biggar 

MSc Candidate

bsbiggar@mun.ca

 

Research Interests: 

Invasive species, physiology, macroecology

Thesis Focus:

The response of green crab populations to extreme weather events across three ocean basins. 

Education:

B.Sc. Co-op Biology, Earth and Ocean Sciences - University of Victoria, 2018 

 

 

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Cerren Richards

MSc Candidate

cerridwenr@mun.ca

 

Research Interests:

Seabird ecology, macroecology, conservation 

 

Thesis Focus:

Differentiating between the traits of globally and non-threatened seabirds.

 

Education:

B.Sc. Marine Biology with Oceanography - University of Southampton, 2017

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Valesca De Groot

MSc Candidate

vdegroot@mun.ca

Research Interests: 

Biodiversity change, sustainable fisheries, human-environment interactions

 

Thesis Focus:

Do climate redistributed Atlantic cod populations have reduced productivity - a wholistic examination of the otolith carbonate record.

 

Education:

B.Sc. Zoology - University of Guelph, 2019

Mary Clinton

MSc Candidate

meclinton@mun.ca

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Research Interests: 

Biodiversity, benthic ecology, community change

 

Thesis Focus:

Ecosystem Functioning in Coastal Labrador Seafloor Environments.

 

Education:

B.Sc. Biology - Simon Fraser University, 2017

Rose Stainthorp

PhD Candidate

r.e.stainthorp@noc.soton.ac.uk

PhD title: Bioenergetics of tolerance in marine ectotherms

Postgraduate research student (MPhil/PhD) within the NERC funded SPITFIRE Doctoral Training Partnership. Currently hosted by the University of Southampton at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton and collaborating closely with the British Antarctic Survey as a partner institute. Temperature has long been considered one of the fundamental constraints setting species' geographic limits but changes in temperature due to global-scale drivers do not act in isolation. In order to be able to predict how climate change is going to restructure ecosystems globally, we need to develop mechanistic models that untangle the effects of interacting stressors on organism performance.

Ella McKnight

PhD Candidate

Ella.Mcknight@soton.ac.uk

 

PhD title: The influence of environmental variability on the ecological performance of native and non-native marine organisms.

 

My research primarily involves looking at sessile and sedentary marine native and non-native species and attempting to understand the impact of climate related fluctuations such as heat waves and storminess.

 

 

Loïc Sanchez

MSc Candidate

Research Interests: 

Environmental DNA, Community Ecology, Fish Ecology, Marine Mammals

 

Thesis Focus:

Local Contributions to Beta-Diversity inside and outside MPAs

 

Education:

B.Sc. Biology and Ecology - University of Montpellier

Darren Li Shing Hiung

Honours Student

clishinghiun@mun.ca

Research Interests: 

Machine Learning, Data Science, Ocean Science, sustainable fisheries, human-environment interactions. 

 

 

Education:

B.Com. Accounting and Finance - University of Melbourne

Research Technicians

Fatemeh Tavafi

PhD Candidate

f.tavafi@mun.ca

Research Interests: 

Bioinformatics, Evolutionary Computation, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Artificial Chemistries, Ocean Science, and Robotics. 

 

Thesis Focus:

Automated machine learning using evolutionary computing for biomarker discovery in bioinformatics.

 

Education:

B.Sc. & M.Sc. Computer Engineering (software), Tehran science and research branch of IAU, 2014.

Evgeni (Eugueni) Matveev

MSc Candidate

Research Interests: 

Science writing and outreach, invasive species behaviours, eco-physiological mechanisms of Porifera filtration  

 

Thesis Focus:

Quantifying the change of labile traits in crabs brought in from the field to the lab. Assessing the presence of behavioural syndromes and the pace of life hypothesis in invasive and native crab species.

 

Education:

B.Sc. Animal Biology - University of Alberta, 2016

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