Dr. Paul Snelgrove

Paul Snelgrove

Network Directort, NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe II)
Associate Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute
University Resrearch Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology



Bachelors: B.Sc. Hons. Memorial University, NL
Masters: M.Sc. McGill, QC
Doctoral:Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


Office: Ocean Science Centre OS-4000
Telephone:(709) 864-3440
Fax: (709) 864-3220
Lab: (709) 864-4469
E-mail: psnelgro@mun.ca



The Lab: Marine Benthic Ecology

The Snelgrove Lab includes a great mix of students and research assistants working on everything from fisheries conservation and cod recruitment to ecosystem functions and deep-sea biodiversity. Some projects are population level and others are community level, and they share the common thread of benthic sedimentary ecosystems. Most include a mix of field observations using tools ranging from rubber boots to ring nets to ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and laboratory prodecures like lipid and organic matter analysis. We collaborate with other labs in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and British Columbia and have field sites in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia as part of projects such as CHONe II. We also frequently work with colleagues at Fisheries and Oceans in St. John’s, Bedford Institute of Oceanography and St. Andrews Biological Station.


About Paul

Upon Recieving his Doctoral PhD in 1993, Dr. Snelgrove spent 3 years in New Jersey as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, followed by 8 months as a Killam Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University. He accepted a faculty position in 1996 at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he was later awarded the title of University Research Professor in 2015. From 1996-2002, Dr. Snelgrove was a NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Industrial Chair in Fisheries Conservation and held a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems from 2003-2013. Dr. Snelgrove published the book "Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count" in 2010, after having led the synthesis of the International Census of Marine Life research program, and was then a TED Global speaker in 2011. In 2012 he held the Knapp Visiting Chair at the University of San Diego, and was a Walter and Andée de Nottbeck Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Tvärminnen Zoological Station, University of Helsinki. In 2013, Dr. Snelgrove was awarded the 2013 Timothy Parsons Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences in Canada, by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He has trained some 100 students to develope new tools and approaches, supporting sustainable oceans. Currently he has five MSc students, four PhD students, and one postdoctoral fellow, most of which are working under major NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONeII) projects. 

Paul's Research Interests:
My interests include marine community ecology, larval ecology of invertebrates and fish, ecology of benthic invertebrates; hydrodynamic effects on benthic communities and populations, deep-sea ecology, coral reef ecology, biodiversity, disturbance and anthropogenic impacts.



Ocean Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552