Dr. Marie Clement

Research ScientistDr. Marie Clement

Center for Fisheries Ecosystems Research
Fisheries and Marine Institute in partnership with the Labrador Institute
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Stationed at:
Labrador Institute of Memorial University
P. O. Box 490, Station B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
A0P 1E0

Office: Room 5, 169 Hamilton River Road
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL
Tel: (709) 896-6215
Fax: (709) 896-2970

Email: marie.clement@mi.mun.ca

Ph.D. Zoology, University of Guelph
M.Sc. Biology, University of New Brunswick
B.Sc. Biology, Universite de Moncton

In partnership with the Marine Institute’s Centre for Fisheries and Ecosystems Research (CFER), the Labrador Institute recruited Marie Clément in June 2012. Marie is an Aquatic Ecologist stationed at the Labrador Institute and is cross-appointed to the Department of Biology. Prior to joining memorial University, Marie worked for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for 11 years (2001 – 2012). Her area of research focused on the effects of anthropogenic activities on riverine ecosystems, including the effects of peatland exploitation, timber harvesting, and dam removal as well as quantifying fishway passage efficiency. Her research interest also included quantifying migration patterns between salt water and fresh water using fin tissue stable isotope and otolith microchemistry analyses. Marie is currently developing an Aquatic Research Program at the Labrador Institute to address knowledge gaps with respect to the effects of the lower Churchill hydroelectric development, fish population trends, genetics, and spawning habitat. The overall objective of this research program is to generate scientific information to assist in conservation, fisheries management and food security in Labrador.

As part of the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation and the Canadian Rivers Institute webinar series, Dr. Marie Clement presented on the salmon research projects that she is conducting in the region: Moving towards a better understanding of Lake Melville's salmon population.

Research Interests

Aquatic ecology
Impacts of anthropogenic activities on fish habitat and populations
Genetic structure of salmonid populations
Fish behaviour / life history strategies / migration patterns.

Cross Appointment and Honorary Research Associate
Cross-appointment, Biology Department, Memorial University (2012-)
Honorary Research Associate, Canadian River Institute (2011-)
Honorary Research Associate, Institut national de la recherche scientifique (2008-)

Selected Publications

Savoie, J., R. St-Louis and M. Clément. 2018. Facilitating local analysis in northern regions: Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometry, MP-AES, for mercury determination in wild Atlantic salmon. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry. DOI: 10.1080/03067319.2018.1483499.

Jeffery, N., B. F. Wringe, M.C. McBride, L.C. Hamilton, R. Stanley, L. Bernatchez, M. Clément, J. Gilbey, T.F. Sheehan, P. Bentzen, I.R. Bradbury. 2018. Range-wide regional assignment of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) using genome wide single-nucleotide polymorphisms. Fisheries Research 206:163-175. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2018.05.017.

Bradbury, I.R., B.F. Wringe, B. Watson, I. Paterson, J. Horne, R. Beiko, S. Lenhert, M. Clément, E.C. Anderson, N.W. Jeffery, S. Duffy, M. Robertson and P. Bentzen. 2018. Genotyping-by-sequencing of genome-wide microsatellite loci reveals fine-scale harvest composition in a coastal Atlantic salmon fishery. Evolutionary Applications. DOI:10.1111/eva.12606.

Jeffery, N.W., R.R. E. Stanley, B.F. Wringe, J. Guijarro-Sabaniel, V. Bourret, L. Bernatchez, P. Bentzen, R.G. Beiko, J. Gilbey, M. Clément and I.R. Bradbury. 2017. Range wide parallel climate-associated genomic clines in Atlantic salmon. Royal Society Open Science 4: 171394. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.171394.

Sylvester, E.V.A., P. Bentzen, I. Bradbury, M. Clément, J. Pearce, J. Horne, and R.G. Beiko. 2017. Applications of Random Forest for SNP selection in individual assignment of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar). Evolutionary Applications 1:153-165. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12524.

Smokorowski, K.E., Bradford, M.J., Clarke, K.D., Clément, M., Gregory, R.S., Randall, R.G. 2015. Assessing the effectiveness of habitat offset activities in Canada: Monitoring design and metrics. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3132: vi + 48 p.

Clément, M., A. Chiasson, G. Veinott and D.K. Cairns. 2014. What otolith microchemistry and stable isotope analysis reveal and conceal about anguillid eel movements across salinity boundaries? Oecologia. doi: 10.1007/s00442-014-2969-8.

Es-Salhi, A, M., M. Clément, A. St-Hilaire, D. Caissie and S. Courtenay. 2013. Influence of hydrological conditions and peat extraction operations on suspended sediment concentration and deposition in the East Branch Portage River, New Brunswick (Canada). Water Quality Research Journal of Canada.48:305–320. doi:10.2166/wqrjc.2013.061.

St-Hilaire, A., S.C. Courtenay, A.D. Boghen and M. Clément. 2012. L’industrie de la tourbe et changements climatiques sur le littoral néo-brunswickois. In Landry, N., J. Péret and T. Sauzeau [eds.]. Développement comparé des littoraux du Golfe Saint-Laurent et du Centre-Ouest Français, d'hier à aujourd'hui. Institut d’études acadiennes, Moncton pp. 250-300.

Clément, M. and R.A. Cunjak. 2010. Physical injuries in juvenile Atlantic salmon, slimy sculpin, and blacknose dace attributable to electrofishing. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:840–850.

Clément, M. 2010. Salmonid spawning habitat and remediation: where are we now, where do we go from here? Environmental Biology of Fishes 87:291–293.

Clément, M., A. St-Hilaire, D. Caissie, A. Chiasson, S. Courtenay and P. Hardie. 2009. An Evaluation of Mitigation Measures to Reduce the Impacts of Peat Harvesting on the Aquatic Habitat and Fish Communities of the East Branch Portage River, New Brunswick, Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal 34:441–452.

Scott, R.J., R. Kosick, M. Clement, D.L.G. Noakes and F.W.H. Beamish. 2005. Nest site selection and spawning by captive bred Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, in a natural stream. Environmental Biology of Fishes 74:309–321.


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