Kathryn (Kes) Morton
Ph.D. Candidate, Memorial University of Newfoundland
My current research is a multi-species study of larval fish development. I moved to St. John's in 2003 to begin work with Drs. Joe Brown and Pierre Pepin (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), but with the passing of Dr. Brown in 2005 Dr. Ian Fleming graciously adopted me into his laboratory. This project encompasses eleven species of laboratory reared larval fish as well as field samples to corroborate the laboratory study. Carbon, nitrogen, histology, ossification, lipid and nucleic acid information is incorporated into the project to investigate body size, lipid dynamics, tradeoffs, variability and to form a larval development model. I am particularly interested in bounding this research in an ecological and phylogenetic framework to understand how ecology and phylogeny affect larval fish development.
Prior to this project, my undergraduate degree was an Ecology Specialist and the University of Toronto , where I spent my summers working for Mark Ridgeway (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) at Harkness Research Station at Lake Opeongo , Algonquin Park on a long-running smallmouth bass data set. For my honours work, I worked with Dr. Helene Cyr on exopolymeric substances in the littoral zone of Canadian Shield lakes and Drs. David Dunham and Helen Rodd on behaviour in Poecilia reticulata.
Currently I am residing in Ulsteinvik, Norway, writing my thesis.