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MSc students

  • Justin So (2006-09) -- Determination of growth, habitat utilisation, predation and geneflow in Newfoundland populations of sea cucumbers Cucumaria frondosa.
  • Zhao Sun (2006-09) -- Reproductive biology of deep-sea soft corals in the Newfoundland & Labrador region. Co-supervisor E. Edinger (Biology).
  • Sandrine Baillon (2008) -- MSc internship from University of Western Brittany. Gametogenic synchronicity with respect to time, depth and location in three species of deep-sea echinoderms.
  • Gina Doyle (2008-11) -- Influence of environmental factors and spatial distribution on the reproduction of brittle stars.
  • Katie Gale (2011-13)-- Deep-sea Asteroidea of eastern Canada: trophic ecology and species interactions.
  • Katie Verkaik (2013-15) -- Impact of CO2-driven ocean acidification on reproduction in marine invertebrates.
  • Bruno Gianasi (2013-15) -- Fisheries and aquaculture related biometrics of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa: resistance to stress and influence of diet on lipid composition.
  • Matt Osse (2013-16) -- Indicators of petroleum product exposure in benthic cold-water marine invertebrates.
  • Justine Ammendolia (2014-17) -- Life under pressure: responses of echinoderms to hydrostatic pressure and other stressors.
  • Brittney Stuckless (2017- ) -- Behavioural adaptations and species interactions in the deep sea.
  • Janet Ferguson-Roberts (2017- ) -- Characterization of lecithotrophic propagules in marine invertebrates.
  • Fanny Volage (2019) -- Feeding strategies and species interactions involving echinoderms in subtidal and deep-sea regions of the Northwest Atlantic. Visiting grad student from University of Western Brittany (France).
  • Sara Jobson (2019-) -- Markers of health and environmental stress in sea cucumber.
  • Kaitlin Casey (2019-) -- Prevalence and ecological role of deep-sea echinoderms in the Arctic and NW Atlantic.
  • Rachel Morrison (2020-) -- A preliminary analysis of commercially and ecologically valuable echinoderms along Arctic coasts.

PhD students

  • Zhao Sun (2009-12) -- Occurrence and significance of offspring size variations: insights from brooding marine invertebrates.
  • Sandrine Baillon (2010-14) -- Characterization and role of major deep-sea pennatulacean corals in the bathyal zone of eastern Canada.
  • Emaline Montgomery (2013-17) -- An exploration of the morphology, swimming capacity and behaviour of marine invertebrate propagules.
  • Camilla Parzanini (2014-18) -- Food webs at bathyal depths along the continental slope of eastern Canada. Co-supervisor C. Parrish OSC.
  • Bruno Gianasi (2015-18) -- Exploring the potential of the commercial sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa as an aquaculture species in NL.
  • Jiamin Sun (2015-19) -- Biology of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa relative to its potential use in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA).
  • Robert Trneholm (2019-) -- Establishing a quality centred approach to sea cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa) harvesting and handling. Co-supervisor D. Dave (MI).

Postdoctoral fellows

  • Libin Zhang (2011 and 2012) -- Visiting from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS), China.  
  • Ekaterina Bocharova (2017) -- Visiting from Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO).
  • Emaline Montgomery (2017-18) -- Project: Towards optimal handling and processing of sea cucumber in eastern Canada.
  • Guillaume Caulier (2018-19) -- Project: Exploring the sea cucumber C. frondosa as an emerging aquaculture candidate.
  • Heather Penney (2019-) -- Project: Toward optimal handling and processing of sea cucumber in Atlantic Canada.

Honours students

  • Meghan Goobie (2008-09) -- The ecology of brittle stars in rhodoliths.
  • Meredith Schofield (2008-09) -- Feeding ecology of deep-sea symbiotic species.
  • Emily Doncaster (2009) -- Predation on lecithotrophic larvae.
  • David Ross (2010-11) -- Egg size and reproductive strategy in shallow-water vs. deep-sea echinoderms.
  • Sandy Hamilton (2010-11) -- Competitive aspects of shell selection by hermit crabs.
  • Matthew English (2011-12) -- Comparative study of sclerites in deep-water pennatulacean corals.
  • Jessica Melvin (2013-14) -- A comparison of the cnidoms of four coastal species of sea anemone (Cnidaria: Actiniaria): Behavioural and morphologic relevance.
  • Leah Robertson (2014-15) -- Feeding ecology of deep-sea sponges.
  • Brittney Stuckless (2016-17) -- Components and drivers of locomotory behaviour in suspension-feeding sea cucumbers.
  • Tiffany Small (2017-18) -- Exploring colour morphotypes in the commercial sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa.
  • Taylor Hughes (2019-) -- Stress and immune response to air exposure in sea cucumbers.

Interns, research assistants and NSERC USRA students

  • Chris Negrijn (MUCEP 2006-07)
  • Gina Doyle (MUCEP 2006-07)
  • Nikita Laite (MUCEP 2008-10)
  • Clare Lewis (MUCEP 2010)
  • Karalee McAskill (MUCEP 2010-11)
  • Christa Lee Spurrell (MUCEP 2011-12)
  • Philip Sargent (Research Assistant 2007-12)
  • David Forsey (MUCEP 2013)
  • Hannah Anderson (Research Assistant 2013)
  • Violaine Pemberton-Renaud (NSERC USRA 2013)
  • Edison Santos (Science Without Borders 2013)
  • Jessica Melvin (MUCEP 2013-14) 
  • Leah Robertson (MUCEP 2014-15)
  • Tyler Engert (MUCEP 2014-15)
  • Chelsea Bloom (MUCEP 2015)
  • Michelle Valliant (MUCEP 2015-16)
  • Natasha Baker (MUCEP 2016)
  • William Balsom (Research Assistant 2016)
  • Tiffany Small (Volunteer Summer  2017)
  • Amelia Crabtree (Volunteer Fall 2017)
  • MacGregor Parent (MUCEP 2017-18)
  • Kirsten Costelloe (Volunteer Summer 2018)
  • Jennifer Wilkins (Volunteer Summer 2018)
  • Kaitlyn Curran (MUCEP 2018)
  • Sarik Shaikh-Upadhye (MUCEP 2018-19)
  • Taylor Hughes (Volunteer Summer 2019)
  • Devon Bath (Volunteer Summer 2019)
  • Andrew Tucker (MUCEP 2019-20)

Video capsule (Radio-Canada) showing some students in action (January, 2012, in French)

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