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Mapping the value of N.L.'s untapped sea urchin population

What comes to mind when you think about Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishery? Cod and shrimp, scallops and lobster, most likely.

Dr. Patrick Gagnon, a faculty member in the Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, says there is great potential for another sea creature to help boost the province’s economy: the prickly green sea urchin.

 

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Greenland ice losses faster than expected, say researchers

Researchers from Memorial University have joined a team of 96 polar scientists from 50 international organizations to produce the most complete picture of Greenland ice loss to date.

The Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise (IMBIE) team, which includes Dr. Lev Tarasov, Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Faculty of Science, and his graduate student Benoit Lecavalier, combined 26 separate surveys to compute changes in the mass of Greenland’s ice sheet between 1992-2018.

 

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Graduate students sharpen analytical skills on OPE work term

As a research tool, surveys are invaluable for gathering information from a sample of people and can provide a critical source of data and insight.

Although mobile technology makes survey taking easier, shorter attention spans can impact how many people begin and complete surveys. Asking the right questions, concisely, is critical.

To that end, the Office of Public Engagement hired graduate students from Memorial’s Master of Applied Psychological Science (MAPS) Program and the Department of Sociology to apply proven evaluation techniques when it launched a survey project this year.

 

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Ocean Sciences students make waves with new undergraduate society

What do you do when you discover your department doesn’t have a student society? You create one, of course.

Carter McNelly and Élie Pellerin are now executives on the Ocean Sciences Undergraduate Society - OceanUS. 

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Biologist identifies new bird species by tail sounds and calls

The unique sound made by the tail feathers of the male snipe, also known as a snite or twillik, has allowed Dr. Ted Miller, Department of Biology, to recognize a new species of the bird.

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N.L. metals will be critical for green economy, says geologist

Dr. Stephen Piercey believes that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians have an opportunity to contribute greatly to the coming green economy and do so in a technically, environmentally, socially, and fiscally responsible manner.

As society transitions away from the existing petroleum economy, the world-class mineral resources of this province will be increasingly required to transform global infrastructure.

 

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