Aquaculture pioneer honoured
by Deborah Inkpen
An admired member of Memorial’s community who passed away two years ago was fondly remembered at a special ceremony in St. John’s recently.
Dr. Joe Brown, a research professor at the Ocean Sciences Centre, was internationally-recognized for his studies into larval and juvenile fish behaviour, as well as aquaculture development. Much of his work was seminal to the establishment of the aquaculture industry in this province.
On July 9, Memorial officially dedicated the aquaculture facility at the Ocean Sciences Centre in honour of Dr. Brown, who worked there from 1985 until his untimely death in 2005.
“Joe’s legacy will be carried out by his many friends and colleagues at the OSC as well as future faculty members,” President Axel Meisen said at the dedication ceremony.
“Joe, over the years had a built a solid team and this team continue to keep his research vibrant.”
Many of Dr. Brown’s friends, colleagues and former students who remembered him for his mentorship were on hand for the official dedication which was held in the Lecture Theatre of the Inco Innovation Centre.
The Dr. Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building provides state-of-the-art facilities designed to support research, training, pre-commercial production, and small-scale commercial trials, on alternative species for marine aquaculture.
A plaque was also unveiled in honour of Dr. Brown. On it, the inscription reads:
Dr. Joe Brown Aquatic Research Building Dedicated in memory of Dr. Joe Brown, Professor (Research) at the Ocean Sciences Centre of Memorial University from 1985-2005.
Joe’s exemplary legacy includes his research on larval and juvenile fish behaviour, aquaculture development, mentorship of students and his passionate sense of humour, humanity and empathy. May the use of this building fulfill his spirit of educational excellence and scholarship and inspire marine biological research for generations to come.
A scholarship in Dr. Brown’s name was awarded to Andrew Vickerson, a MSc. student in aquaculture at the Marine Institute who is under the supervision of Dr. Cynthia McKenzie, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and Cyr Couturier of the Marine Institute.