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Dr. Kurt Gamperl

{Dr. Kurt Gamperl}
Dr. Kurt Gamperl

Assistant professor
Ocean Sciences Centre

Research interests
There are two main parts to Dr. Gamperl's current research. He has received NSERC funding to examine the cardiac performance and metabolism of flatfish and other benthic fish (animals that live at the bottom of the ocean). Dr. Gamperl states that, while much research has been done on marine species such as salmon and cod, his NSERC studies will focus on the biology and physiology of these mainly non-commercial fish species. Dr. Gamperl is also working on applied research that will benefit the local aquaculture industry. This work will examine how cod function at temperatures below five degrees, water temperatures widely found throughout Newfoundland, and how the physiology of various species is affected by captive rearing (aquaculture).

Experience
Dr. Gamperl completed three post-docs: at Simon Fraser University in biology, at the University of California (San Francisco) in medical research, and at the University of British Columbia in zoology. At Portland State University, Dr. Gamperl researched preconditioning, a medical term that explains how a small initial insult to the heart initiates mechanisms that allow the heart to be better protected when faced with a prolonged stoppage of coronary of blood flow. Dr. Gamperl applied this theory to the trout heart, a much simpler system. He has students scheduled to continue this work at Memorial using cod as a model.

Background
Dr. Gamperl was raised in Windsor, Ontario, and received his B.Sc. in marine biology and his M.Sc. in zoology from the University of Guelph. Dr. Gamperl's PhD in biology, which focused on fish physiology, was completed at Dalhousie University in 1994. After three post-docs, Dr. Gamperl taught at Portland State University in Oregon from 1998 to 2001, before being appointed to Memorial's faculty in June 2001.

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