Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Science (2009/2010)
2.2 Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC)
  • Administration
  • Boyce, D., B.A., M.Sc. Memorial; Aquaculture Development Supervisor, Joe Brown Aquaculture Research Building
  • Devereaux, J.; Field and Laboratory Services Supervisor
  • Fleming, I.A., B.Sc. Queen's Univ., M.Sc. Simon Fraser Univ., Ph.D. Univ. of Toronto; Associate Professor and Director, Ocean Sciences Centre
  • Nichols, D., B.A., MMS. Memorial; Research Marketing Manager
  • Wheeler, D.; Staff Administrative Specialist, Finance
  • Scientific Staff
  • Abrahams, M., B.Sc.(Hons.) Western, M.Sc. Queen's, Ph.D. Simon Fraser; Dean of Science
  • Deibel, D.R., B.Sc. Bucknell University, U.S.A, Ph.D. University of Georgia, U.S.A.; Professor; Cross appointment with Department of Biology
  • Driedzic, W.R., B.Sc. York, M.Sc. Toronto, Ph.D. British Columbia; Professor; Tier I Canada Research Chair in Marine Bioscience; Cross appointments with Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Gagnon, P., B.Sc., Ph.D. Laval University; Assistant Professor
  • Gamperl, A.K., B.Sc., M.Sc. Guelph, Ph.D. Dalhousie; Associate Professor; Cross appointment with Department of Biology
  • Mercier, A., B.Sc. Université de Sherbrooke, M.Sc., PH.D. Université du Québec á Rimouski; Assistant Professor
  • Parrish, C.C., B.Sc. Wales, Ph.D Dalhousie; Winner of the President's Award for Outstanding Research, 1995-1996; Professor
  • Rise, M., M.Sc. Boston College, U.S.A., Ph.D. University of Victoria; Assistant Professor; Tier II Canadian Research Chair in Marine Biotechnology
  • Rivkin, R.B., B.Sc., M.Sc. City College, New York, Ph.D. Rhode Island; Professor; Cross appointment with Department of Biology; University Research Professor, Awarded 2007
  • Schneider, D.C., B.Sc. Duke, Ph.D. SUNY, Stony Brook; Professor; Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Science; Cross appointments with Departments of Biology and Psychology
  • 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; Cross appointment with Department of Chemistry; Joint appointment with Department of Biology
  • Thompson, R.J., B.Sc. Bristol, Ph.D. Leicester; Professor (Research); Cross appointment with Department of Biology
  • Wroblewski, J.S., B.Sc. Illinois, M.Sc., Ph.D. Florida State; Professor (Research); Cross appointment with Department of Biology
  • Professores Emeriti
  • Burton, D., B.Sc. Wales, Ph.D. London; Biology
  • Fletcher, G.L., B.Sc. British Columbia, Ph.D. California
  • Khan, R.A., B.SA, M.Sc., Ph.D., Toronto; Biology
  • Adjunct Professors
  • Afonso, L., B.Sc. Brazil, M.Sc. Fed. Univ. of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Ph.D. Univ. of British Columbia; NRC, Halifax
  • Cote, D., M.Sc. Wilfrid Laurier Univ., Ph.D. Univ. of Waterloo; Terra Nova National Park
  • DeBlois, E., B.Sc. Univ. of New Brunswick, Ph.D. McGill University; Senior Scientist, Jacques Whitford Ltd.
  • Dixon, B., B.Sc. Wilfrid Laurier Univ., M.Sc. Univ. of Guelph, Ph.D. Dalhousie Univ. of Waterloo
  • Hale, M., B.Sc., Ph.D. Flinders University; Senior Lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • Mansour, Atef, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. Cario Univ.; Research Scientist, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, St. John's, NL
  • Morgan, J.M., B.Sc. Mount Alison, Ph.D. Queen's; Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • O'Reilly, P., B.Sc., M.Sc. University of Alberta, Ph.D. Dalhousie University; Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans, Nova Scotia
  • Pepin, P., B.Sc. McGill, Ph.D. Dalhousie; Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Rise, M., B.Sc., M.Sc. St. Francis Xavier, Ph.D. Victoria; Project Manager, Genome Atlantic, OSC
  • Cross-Appointed Faculty
  • Dr. W. Montevecchi, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. F. Shahidi; Department of Biochemistry
  • Dr. H. Volkoff; Department of Biology
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Mitchell, J., B.Sc., Queens, M.Sc., University of Ontario, Ph.D., Simon Fraser
  • Research Specialist
  • DuRand, M., Ph.D. Massachusetts
  • Research Assistants
  • Ings, D., M.Sc. Memorial
  • Jones, D., B.Sc. Saskatchewan
  • 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 Centre.

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.

Research Themes

  1. Aquaculture nutrition and production

  2. Reproductive biology of finfish and molluscs

  3. Development and behavioural ecology of larval and juvenile fish

  4. Survival of marine organisms without oxygen

  5. Antifreeze proteins and cold adaptation in fish

  6. Biological production and the ecology of cold oceans

  7. Transport and fate of lipids in cold ocean ecosystems

  8. Physiology of feeding and digestion in marine invertebrates

  9. Marine biotechnology

  10. Fisheries oceanography

  11. Quantitative biology and population interactions