Faculty - Ocean Sciences

Dr. Mark Abrahams
Dr. Mark Abrahams
Professor | Departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology

Research Interests: Research focuses on predator-prey interactions, how they are affected by the physical environment, and their impact on habitat quality.


Dr. Ian Fleming
Dr. Ian Fleming
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research focuses on evolutionary and behavioral ecology, with an emphasis on fish breeding systems, life history diversity, phenotypic plasticity and survival strategies in the context of conservation and management.


Dr. Patrick Gagnon
Dr. Patrick Gagnon
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research investigates factors and processes governing the structure and function of shallow, marine benthic ecosystems in subarctic and cold temperate regions, while contributing novel approaches to the study of these ecosystems at meaningful scales.
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Dr. Kurt Gamperl
Dr. Kurt Gamperl
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research examines how environmental factors (e.g. hypoxia, temperature, domestication, pollutants, etc.) affect fish physiology, and whether the impacted fishes have the capacity to compensate for/adapt to these changes


Dr. Iain J. McGaw
Dr. Iain J. McGaw
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research investigates the digestive physiology and movement of crustaceans and how animals balance the demands of several systems during environmental perturbations.


Dr. Annie Mercier
Dr. Annie Mercier
Deputy Head | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research focuses on species interactions and the influence of environmental factors on reproductive and feeding processes at various scales in benthic marine organisms. Major research areas include chronobiology, phenology, larval ecology, deep-sea biology, ocean acidification and aquaculture


Chris C. Parrish
Chris C. Parrish
Head | Department of Ocean Sciences

University Research Professor
Research Interests: Research focuses on the production, transport, fate and effects of lipids and other organic compounds in food webs.


Dr. Uta Passow
Dr. Uta Passow
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Impact of climate change and contaminants on the biological carbon pump. This research will increase our understanding of the impacts of climate change and oil or plastic pollution on marine ecosystems and allow development of mediating measures.


Dr. Matthew L. Rise
Dr. Matthew L. Rise
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research uses functional genomic tools and techniques to study the genes and molecular pathways involved in aquatic animal growth, development, and responses to pathogens and environmental stressors (e.g. pollutants, temperature stress)


Dr. Javier Santander
Dr. Javier Santander
Associate Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and immunity in marine aquatic organism towards needle free vaccine development.


Dr. David C. Schneider
Dr. David C. Schneider
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research addresses the problem of spatial scale in the environmental sciences, with an emphasis on spatial scaling as it has developed in oceanography, ecology, and aquaculture and fisheries


Dr. Rachel Sipler
Dr. Rachel Sipler
Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Ocean Biogeochemistry | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research is interdisciplinary and uses both traditional and cutting-edge techniques to quantify how changes in the physical and chemical environment will impact microbial community composition, metabolic rates and aquatic food webs


Dr. Paul Snelgrove
Dr. Paul Snelgrove
Research Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research focuses on the links between fish and invertebrate larval behaviour and transport, and how they contribute to recruitment success, population connectivity, and spatial patterns in coastal environments


Dr. Joseph S. Wroblewski
Dr. Joseph S. Wroblewski
Professor | Department of Ocean Sciences

Research Interests: Research explores the effects of air-sea interaction on large scale marine ecosystem domains, with a special focus on assessing the impact of anticipated climate change on global fisheries production