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.

PhD Candidates

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

 

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Cerren Richards

PhD Candidate

cerridwenr@mun.ca

 

Research Interests:

Seabird ecology, macroecology, conservation, ecological energetics 

 

Thesis Focus:

From individuals to ecosystems: environmental constraints on seabird energetics across spatiotemporal scales

 

Education:

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

MSc Marine Biology - Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2020

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.

 

 

Nova Hanson

PhD Candidate

nbhanson@mun.ca

Research Interests:

Gastropod morphology, evolutionary developmental biology, ecology, conservation

Thesis Focus:

Symbiosis and energetics of a hydrothermal vent snail across extreme environmental gradients

Education:

BSc Biology (Hons.) - University of Victoria, 2016

MSc Biology - University of Victoria, 2018

Masters Candidates

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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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

Sarafina Henderson

MSc Candidate

elewishender@mun.ca

Research Interests: 

Research interests: aquatic ecology, biodiversity, conservation

Thesis Focus: 

The response of Arctic Char populations to an altered seasonal temperature regime across the freshwater-marine interface

Education:

B.Sc. Wildlife Biology and Conservation - University of Guelph, 2019

Honours Candidates

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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