Kathryn Elizabeth Morton


PhD Candidate, Marine Ecology

Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador,


Current Address: Skulevegen 2, 6065 Ulsteinvik,

Career Objective


Permanent position as a biologist. I specialize in the area of marine ecology and I enjoy leadership roles and teaching.

Highlight of Qualifications



ØPh.D. candidate Marine Ecology

ØBSc. (Honours) Ecology Specialist

ØExtensive laboratory, field and computer skills

ØStrong leadership and instruction background




MemorialUniversity of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, .

Ph.D. candidate

2004 - current


Thesis:“The development of larval fish: A multi-species approach”


Supervisors :Drs. Pierre Pepin , Ian Fleming, Joe Brown


Graduate level courses:Statistics, Fish Physiology, Aquatic lipid biogeochemistry



Universityof Toronto , Toronto, Ontario, .

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Ecology Specialist


Honours research project 2002: “Distribution of biofilm exopolymeric substances in littoral sediments of Canadian Shield lakes”


Honours research project 2003: “Potential effects of oestradiol feminization on the social behavior of Peocilia reticulata


Senior level courses: Evolutionary Ecology, Marine Biology, Evolution, Communication and Sensory Ecology, Community Ecology, Limnology, Behaviour and Ecology, Global Change Ecology, Population Ecology






Related Experience



University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island

Research Assistant

Dr. Nicole O’Brien,Aquaculture Veterinarian

- Assisted in aquaculture health assessments at inland facilities and cage sites

- Assisted in a vaccination study of aquaculture fish



OceanSciences Center , Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland

Student Seminar Series Coordinator

- A fellow student and I facilitated a series of student research seminars to encourage collaboration

Graduate Student Job Search Seminar Coordinator

- I spearheaded a day-long seminar of guest speakers on the process of finding a job after graduation




TorontoHumane Society, Toronto, Ontario

Administrative Assistant

Selena Blais, Volunteer Coordinator

- Created an ACCESS database to assist the coordinators in placing animals in foster homes and tracking the well-being of foster animals

- Assisted with basic administrative tasks

- Reception


2003 (Summer)

Universityof Toronto , Toronto, Ontario

Research Assistant

Professor Helene Cyr – Zoology

- Organized a field team and research trips to collect limnological and benthic samples

- Coordinated field team safety and boating

- Sampled the littoral zone of Canadian Shield lakes

- Effectively carried out carbohydrate and protein assays

-Coordinated an exploratory study on the ability of sediments to absorb effluent phosphorus


Harkness Fisheries Research Labs, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Research Assistant

Mark Ridgeway, Director

- Performed ecological surveys of smallmouth bass, Cyprinidae, and habitat

- Assisted in limnological surveys, mark recapture surveys, creel surveys

- Prepared and examined otoliths and scales

- Organized and was responsible for a field team for the summer of 2001 conducting ecological surveys, including equipment concerns, safety, personnel, and ensuring the survey was conducted effectively


2000-2001 (summers)




Teaching and Leadership Experience



MemorialUniversity of Newfoundland, Newfoundland,


Teaching Assistant– “Principles of Biology”. An introduction to the science of Biology, including a discussion of the unity, diversity and evolution of living organisms.



Teaching Assistant– “Principles of Ecology”.A conceptual course introducing the principles of ecology, including theoretical, functional and empirical approaches.



Guest Instructor – “Principles of Ecology”Prepared and delivered a lecture on ecologically modeling, complete with a practical section.



Holy Heart High School, St. John’s, Newfoundland,

Head Coach/Coordinator -Girls’ Rugby



Vandals Rugby Football Club, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Head Coach/Coordinator– Girls’ and Women’s Rugby



Newfoundland Provincial Women’s Rugby Team




Evergreen Riding Stables, Hampton, New Brunswick, ,

Instructor– Equestrian








  • Larval Fish Ecology
  • Limnology
  • Ethology (Poecilia reticulata)


Laboratory Skills

  • Larval fish care
  • Lipid extraction
  • Short column gas chromatographic lipid analysis
  • Protein and carbohydrate quantification
  • Flourometric nucleic acid quantification
  • Carbon and nitrogen quantification
  • Ossification analysis
  • Histological preparations
  • Shape analysis


Computer Skills

  • Statistical Analysis Software (SAS)
  • Minitab
  • SPSS
  • Sigma plot
  • Microsoft Office: Excel, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Word
  • Windows
  • Access
  • Mozilla: Firefox and Thunderbird


Fieldwork skills & Experience

  • Ecological Surveys
  • Larval Fish Collection
  • Limnological Collection
  • Benthos Collection
  • Global Positioning Surveys
  • Fish Mark and Recapture
  • Creel Surveys
  • Open Water Diver(ACUC)
  • Life Guard (Royal Lifesaving Society)




Leadership and Communication

  • Coaching multiple high level sports ( Rugby , swimming, equestrian)
  • Educating adults and children
  • Facilitating collaboration
  • Organizing seminars
  • Presenting academic research
  • Providing leadership and a good example





Continued Here



Ocean Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000