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Lara Miles


Office: SN1027

Telephone: 864-3097
Fax: (709) 864- 3119
E-mail: llm126 at


Dr. Rodolphe Devillers (Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Dr. Evan Edinger (Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland)


Dr. David Piper (GSC Atlantic)

Thesis title

Influence of surficial geology on cold-water coral distributions in the Flemish Cap Area

Research description

Cold-water corals are found in all of the world's oceans at depths from 50m to over 3000m. Mapping their locations is difficult due to their remote locations. One of the key elements to a cold-water coral habitat and most over looked is substrate type. My research examines the substrate preferences of cold-water corals on the Flemish Cap. Unlike other areas where cold-water corals have been studied in Atlantic Canada, the Flemish Cap was not glaciated during the last glacial maximum and thus has a very different surficial geology. By knowing the specific preference for each coral species (e.g. siltstone vs. granite), habitat predictions can become more precise. 

Research interests

  • Cold-water Corals
  • Biogeography
  • Geology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Deep-sea communities