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MSc students

  • Justin So (2006-09) -- Determination of growth, habitat utilisation, predation and geneflow in Newfoundland populations of sea cucumbers Cucumaria frondosa.
  • Zhao Sun (2006-09) -- Reproductive biology of deep-sea soft corals in the Newfoundland & Labrador region. Co-supervisor E. Edinger (Biology).
  • Sandrine Baillon (2008) -- MSc internship  from University of Western Brittany. Gametogenic synchronicity with respect to time, depth and location in three species of deep-sea echinoderms.
  • Gina Doyle (2008-11) -- Influence of environmental factors and spatial distribution on the reproduction of brittle stars.
  • Katie Gale (2011-13) -- Deep-sea Asteroidea of eastern Canada: trophic ecology and species interactions.
  • Katie Verkaik (2013 - ) -- Impact of CO2-driven ocean acidification on reproduction in marine invertebrates.
  • Bruno Gianasi (2013 - ) -- Fisheries and aquaculture related biometrics of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa: resistance to stress and influence of diet on lipid composition.
  • Matt Osse (2013 - ) -- Effect of hydrocarbons on reproductive processes in benthic marine invertebrates.
  • Justine Ammendolia (2014 - ) -- Effects of multistressors (temperature, pH, pressure) on feeding and fertilization in benthic marine invertebrates.

PhD students

  • Zhao Sun (2009-12) -- Occurrence and significance of offspring size variations: insights from brooding marine invertebrates.
  • Sandrine Baillon (2010-14) -- Characterization and role of major deep-sea pennatulacean corals in the bathyal zone of eastern Canada.
  • Emaline Montgomery (2013 - ) -- Passive propagules or selective searchers: behaviour in marine invertebrate larvae.
  • Camilla Parzanini (2014 - ) -- Food webs at bathyal depths along the continental slope of eastern Canada.

Postdoctoral fellows

  • Libin Zhang (2011 and 2012) -- Visiting from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  

Honours students

  • Meghan Goobie (2008-09) -- The ecology of brittle stars in rhodoliths.
  • Meredith Schofield (2008-09) -- Feeding ecology of deep-sea symbiotic species.
  • Emily Doncaster (2009) -- Predation on lecithotrophic larvae.
  • David Ross (2010-11) -- Egg size and reproductive strategy in shallow-water vs. deep-sea echinoderms.
  • Sandy Hamilton (2010-11) -- Competitive aspects of shell selection by hermit crabs.
  • Matthew English (2011-12) -- Comparative study of sclerites in deep-water pennatulacean corals.
  • Jessica Melvin (2013-14) -- A comparison of the cnidoms of four coastal species of sea anemone (Cnidaria: Actiniaria): Behavioural and morphologic relevance.
  • Leah Robertson (2014-) -- Biology of deep-sea sponges.

Interns, research assistants and NSERC USRA students

  • Chris Negrijn (MUCEP 2006-07)
  • Gina Doyle (MUCEP 2006-07)
  • Nikita Laite (MUCEP 2008-10)
  • Clare Lewis (MUCEP 2010)
  • Karalee McAskill (MUCEP 2010-11)
  • Christa Lee Spurrell (MUCEP 2011-12)
  • Philip Sargent (Research Assistant 2007-12)
  • David Forsey (MUCEP 2013)
  • Hannah Anderson (Research Assistant 2013)
  • Violaine Pemberton-Renaud (NSERC USRA 2013)
  • Edison Santos (Science Without Borders 2013)
  • Jessica Melvin (MUCEP 2013-14) 
  • Leah Robertson (MUCEP 2014-15)
  • Tyler Engert (MUCEP 2014-15)

Daily Planet segment on Mercier Lab (Discovery Channel, April 2013)

Video capsule (Radio-Canada) showing some students in action (January, 2012, in French)

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