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Vol 39  No 1
Aug. 10, 2006


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Biology students shine at international conference

By Deborah Inkpen

Memorial University furthered its international reputation and showcased its research capacity by hosting the 7th annual International Congress on the Biology of Fish in July at the Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) and the Marine Institute.

“The efforts of Drs. Kurt Gamperl and William Driedzic, OSC, helped further Memorial’s reputation as a centre for marine biology and physiological research both within Canada and on the international stage,” said Dr. Ian Fleming, director, OSC. “It showcased Memorial’s capacity to undertake such research, including the outstanding opportunities afforded by the Ocean Science Centre (Faculty of Science) and Marine Institute.”

The conference hosted more than 540 delegates from 32 countries. Memorial faculty, students and staff played a large and notable role in the scientific program, with 46 scientific presentations involving personnel from the university.

Shaun Killen
(Photo by Chris Hammond)

The four award-winning students were:

• Jay Trebreg, Biology, for Best Oral Presentation in Advances in Fish Biology Symposia: The accumulation of TMAO in elasmobranchs revisited: retention vs. synthesis in the winter skate.

• Isabel Costa, Biology, for Best Oral Presentation in Physiology of North Atlantic Fish Symposia: “Sleepy fish”­ Metabolic Depression in North Atlantic Teleost, Tautogolabrus adspersus.

• Shaun Killen, Biology, for Best Oral Presentation in Physiology of Early Life History Stages of Fish Symposia: Alternate foraging modes in young lumpfish (Cylopterus lumpus): balancing food-intake with the energetic costs of foraging.

• Matthew Windle, a PhD student with the Fisheries Conservation Group at the Marine Institute, Best Oral Presentation for Telemetry: Tracking Fish in Nature: Do cod lek? Evidence from a Newfoundland spawning ground.

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