Primary Faculty


Mark Abrahams

Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Pro Tempore
Dr. Mark Abrahams, Dean - Faculty of Science and Professor of Biology and Ocean Sciences

Professor of Biology and Ocean Sciences

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

Amanda Bates

Associate Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Marine Physiological Ecology

  • Research Interests: Research focuses on marine systems from the poles to hydrothermal vents to investigate how environmental variability influences the ability of animals to cope with temperature stress

Ian Fleming

 ProfessorDr. Ian Fleming, Professor

  • 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

Garth L. Fletcher 

Head, Department of Ocean SciencesDr. Garth L. Fletcher, Head - Department of Ocean Sciences

  • Research Interests: Research focuses on antifreeze proteins, their physiological regulation and mechanisms of action, and their diversity, evolution and potential economic value in the field of biotechnology

Patrick Gagnon

Associate ProfessorDr. Patrick Gagnon, Associate Professor

  • 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

A. Kurt GamperlDr. A. Kurt Gamperl, Professor

Professor

  • 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

Iain J. McGaw

ProfessorDr. Iain J. McGaw, Professor

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

Annie Mercier

Deputy Head, Department of Ocean Sciences

ProfessorDr. Annie Mercier, Deputy Head - Department of Ocean Sciences and Professor

  • 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. ParrishDr. Chris C. Parrish, University Research Professor

University Research Professor

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

Uta Passow

Professor

Canada Research Chair Tier 1 Dr. Uta Passow, Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Biological Oceanographic Processesin Biological Oceanographic Processes

  • 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

Matthew L. Rise

Professor Dr. Matthew L. Rise, Professor

  • 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)

Javier SantanderDr. Javier Santander, Assistant Professor

Associate Professor

  • Research Interests: My current research interests are molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis and immunity in marine aquatic organism towards needle free vaccine development

David C. SchneiderDr. David Schneider, Professor

Professor

  • 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

Rachel Sipler

Assistant ProfessorDr. Rachel Sipler, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Ocean Biogeochemistry

Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Ocean Biogeochemistry

  • 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

Paul SnelgroveDr. Paul Snelgrove, University Research Professor

University Research Professor 

  • 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

Joseph S. WroblewskiDr. Joseph S. Wroblewski, Professor

Professor

  • 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

Contact

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