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
Canada Research Chair in Marine Environmental Physiology
at Memorial University of Newfoundland
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
Benthos, habitat variability, in situ data
Developing an ecophysiological framework for predicting the response of cold-water corals and sponges to habitat variability.
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
Multiple stressors, physiological traits, community change
Quantifying the sensitivity of key physiological traits to multiple environmental stressors across space and time.
M.Sci. Marine Biology - University of Southampton, 2017
Seabird ecology, macroecology, conservation
Differentiating between the traits of globally and non-threatened seabirds.
B.Sc. Marine Biology with Oceanography - University of Southampton, 2017
Valesca De Groot
Biodiversity change, sustainable fisheries, human-environment interactions
Do climate redistributed Atlantic cod populations have reduced productivity - a wholistic examination of the otolith carbonate record.
B.Sc. Zoology - University of Guelph, 2019
Biodiversity, benthic ecology, community change
Ecosystem Functioning in Coastal Labrador Seafloor Environments.
B.Sc. Biology - Simon Fraser University, 2017
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.
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.