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Emilie Novaczek

Emilie NovaczekCoordinates

Office: SN-1027 (Marine Geomatics Lab)
Telephone: (709) 864-3097
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E-mail: enovaczek[at]


Dr. Evan Edinger (Department of Geography) and Dr. Luiz Mello (Marine Fish Species at Risk, Fisheries and Oceans Canada)


Dr. Rodolphe Devillers (Department of Geography)

Thesis Title

Characterization and mapping of nearshore habitat for Atlantic Wolffish, a Canadian species at risk

Research Description

Atlantic Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) are listed as “special concern” by the Canadian Species At Risk Act. This study aims to characterize the nearshore habitat of Atlantic Wolffish in Conception Bay and to generate a predictive species distribution model that can be applied to similar coastal areas to inform conservation efforts.

This project will build on the comprehensive Atlantic Wolffish study carried out by the DFO Marine Fish Species at Risk Section since 2006 on the life history and habitat characteristics of this species. Field work includes direct observation of Atlantic Wolffish habitat use and characterization of the biological and environmental conditions associated with Atlantic Wolffish habitat(s). Multibeam sonar and ground-truth data (including sediment type, water column profile and co-occurring species) will be used to define and map benthic habitats in the north eastern Conception Bay. 


Research Interests

  • Marine habitat mapping
  • Species at risk
  • Marine policy