Centre for Earth Resources Research (CERR)
Ocean Science Centre
Wright, J.A., B.A.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Toronto, P.Geo.; Professor
The Centre draws on the research expertise of faculty and research staff members in the Department of Earth Sciences as well as other specialists inside and external to the University. For a complete listing of faculty, see Earth Sciences entry.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The CERR was established in 1983 to provide for the co-ordination and promotion of earth resources research and associated work related to the origin, discovery, development, exploitation, and environmental aspects of earth resources.
The Centre promotes, initiates, and co-ordinates research within the earth resources disciplines on the national and international scenes. Researchers interact, when appropriate, with the industrial and government sectors and introduce other organizations to the potential benefits of further research and development in earth resources.
The special facilities of the Centre complement the development of graduate and undergraduate programs in earth sciences and related disciplines at Memorial University of Newfoundland. A further function of the Centre is to contribute to the training of people competent in solving earth resources problems and to encourage personnel exchanges with industry and government.
The Alexander Murray Building houses the Centre, and has laboratories for teaching and basic and applied research.
The Centre is an integral part of the Department of Earth Sciences. The active research of faculty members within, and those cross-appointed to the Department, contributes to programs in the Centre. Increasing collaboration is under way with government and industry in research projects that emphasize earth resources. The work of the Centre addresses problems and opportunities related to mineral resources, petroleum resources, exploration technology, environmental geoscience, and generic research.
The Centre works closely with other local, national, and international
research institutes. CERR hosts the geoscience component of the University's
Oil and Gas Development Partnership.
Brown, J.A., B.Sc. St. Francis Xavier, M.Sc. Memorial, Ph.D. Queen's; Professor (Research); Interim Director
Avery, T., B.Sc. Guelph, M.Sc. Acadia, Ph.D. Memorial;
Computer Resource Specialist
Boyce, D., B.A., M.Sc. Memorial; Aquaculture Development Supervisor, Aquaculture Research and Development FacilityDevereaux, J.; Field and Laboratory Services Supervisor
Downton, E.F.; Technical Services; Marine Services Technician
Nichols, D., B.A., MMS.Memorial; Research Marketing Manager
Walsh, G.; Facilities Management; Resident Engineer
Wheeler, D.; Staff Administrative Specialist, Finance
Driedzic, W.R., B.Sc. York, M.Sc. Toronto, Ph.D. British Columbia; Professor; Tier I Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience
Gamperl, A.K., B.Sc., M.Sc. Guelph, Ph.D. Dalhousie; Assistant
Parrish, C.C., B.Sc. Wales, Ph.D. Dalhousie; Professor (Research); Winner of the President's Award for Outstanding Research, 1995-1996; Professor
Rivkin, R.B., B.Sc., M.Sc. City College, New York, Ph.D. Rhode Island; Professor
Schneider, D.C., B.Sc. Duke, Ph.D. SUNY, Stony Brook; Professor
Snelgrove, P.V.R., B.Sc. Memorial, M.Sc. McGill, Ph.D. Woods Hole; Associate Professor; Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems
Thompson, R.J., B.Sc. Bristol, Ph.D. Leicester; Professor (Research)
Wroblewski, J.S., B.Sc. Illinois, M.Sc., Ph.D. Florida State;
HONARY RESEARCH PROFESSORS
Burton, D., B.Sc. Wales, Ph.D. London; Biology
Crim, L.W., B.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. California
Fletcher, G.L., B.Sc. British Columbia, Ph.D. California
Khan, R.A., B.SA, M.Sc., Ph.D., Toronto; Biology
Anderson, J.T., B.Sc., M.Sc. Guelph, Ph.D. British Columbia; Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Borstad, G., B.Sc. Alberta, Ph.D. McGill; G.A. Borstad Associates, Sidney, BC
Ewart, K., B.Sc. Moncton, Ph.D. Memorial; Associate Research Officer, National Research Council - Institute for Marine Biosciences, Halifax
Huxter, F., P.Eng. Memorial; Senior Engineer, Avalon Regional Office, Work, Services and Transportation
Johnson, S.C., B.Sc. Victoria, M.Sc. Dalhousie, Ph.D. Simon Fraser; Associate Research Officer, National Research Council - Institute for Marine Biosciences, Halifax
McKenzie, C., B.Sc., Ph.D. Texas A & M; Department of Fisheries
McKinley, S., B.Sc. Guelph, M.Sc. York, Ph.D. Waterloo; NSERC Industrial Chair and Canada Research Chair; Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of British Columbia
Morgan, J.M., B.Sc. Mount Alison, Ph.D. Queen's; Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Pepin, P., B.Sc. McGill, Ph.D. Dalhousie; Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Whyte, J.N.C., B.Sc., Ph.D. Edinburgh; Research Scientist, Department
of Fisheries and Oceans, B.C.
Dr. D. Barker; Fisheries and Marine Institute
Dr. N. Gogan; Department of Chemistry
Dr. R. Haedrich; Department of Biology
Dr. R. Helleur; Department of Chemistry
Dr. W. Montevecchi, Department of Psychology
Dr. F. Shahidi; Department of Biochemistry
Chamberlain, J., B.Sc.(Hons) Sri Lanka, Ph.D. Ediinburgh
DuRan, M., Ph.D. Massachusetts
Hale, M., B.Sc., Ph.D. Flinders University, Australia
Murray, H., B.Sc. Memorial, M.Sc. UPEI, Ph.D. Memorial
Park, Heum G.I., Ph.D. National Fisheries University, Pusan, Korea
Trela, P., M.Sc. Gdansk University, Poland, Ph.D. Dalhousie
Yaskowiak, E., B.Sc. Southampton, Ph.D. UMDNJ - Robert Wood
Johnson Medical School
Puvanendran, V., B.Sc. Sri Lanka, Ph.D. Memorial
Shears, M., B.Sc. N.B., Ph.D. Memorial
Jones, D., B.Sc. Saskatchewan
King, M.J., B.Sc. Memorial
Lee, S.H., B.Sc., M.Sc. Memorial
Short, C., B.Sc. Memorial
The Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) provides scientists at Memorial University
of Newfoundland and other organizations with first-rate facilities for
research in cold ocean sciences. In addition, the OSC supports quality graduate
education in a broad range of marine science and related disciplines. Located
on the most eastern coast of Canada the Centre lends itself to the shore-based
study of cold ocean processes, and sub-arctic and arctic fauna and flora.
Current research foci are aquaculture, biological and chemical oceanography,
and fundamental principles of behaviour, biochemistry, and physiology that
underlie the first two themes. The OSC is a key player in AquaNet,
Canada’s first federal Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) devoted to
aquaculture. The OSC is an AquaNet Core Facility, as well as its Administrative
Located at Logy Bay, 9.6 km from the main campus, the OSC has an excellent unpolluted sea water supply that is the lifeline of the centre. There are 35 laboratories (22 provided with running seawater) and facilities for microscopy, histochemistry, analytical chemistry, radioisotope counting, physiological work, and standard analyses for oceanography. Large holding areas permit scientists to maintain a variety of marine organisms for long periods at ambient and controlled water temperatures. The Seal Research Facility offers research opportunities on North America’s only population of captive harp seals. The Field Services Unit provides extensive resources for field studies including: year round SCUBA diving, small research vessels, a tank truck for the transportation of live specimens, and a wide-range of oceanographic and collecting equipment.
The Logy Bay complex includes machine, woodworking and electronics shops, computer resource personnel, and a multimedia classroom. Desktop computers are linked to the mainframe cluster on campus, with high-resolution printing and graphics, and an image analysis facility.
The Aquaculture Research and Development Facility 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 critical component of the new facility is a sea water system designed to deliver high quality, temperature controlled, flow through and re-circulating water. There are areas for broodstock conditioning, hatchery and nursery operation, first-feeding, on-growing, and live food production. Under investigation are: Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon and smaller flounder species.
- Aquaculture nutrition and production
- Reproductive biology of finfish and molluscs
- Development and behavioral ecology of larval and juvenile fish
- Survival of marine organisms without oxygen
- Antifreeze proteins and cold adaptation in fish
- Biological production and the ecology of cold oceans
- Transport and fate of lipids in cold ocean ecosystems
- Physiology of feeding and digestion in marine invertebrates
- Marine biotechnology
- Fisheries oceanography
- Quantitative biology and population interactions
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