Understanding Marine Biodiversity
As a signatory to the International Convention on Biological Diversity, Canada is committed to developing an inventory of its biodiversity resources and to preserving these resources. Within the marine environment, our understanding of the processes that regulate and maintain biodiversity is very limited, and even less is known about cold ocean ecosystems. My research focuses on early life history stages and the processes that influence success, failure and the subsequent pattern of biodiversity. This research is centred primarily in coastal Newfoundland, in a variety of habitats that include a diverse mix of temperate and arctic species. There are three research objectives. The first is to determine what larval transport and survival can tell us about patterns of recruitment and distribution in cold ocean environments. Second, how does larval settlement contribute to patterns of biodiversity in cold ocean environments, and what aspects of temporal and spatial variation in the natural environment influence these patterns? Finally, do we need to be concerned about biodiversity loss when we consider the health and functioning of the ecosystem, or are species largely interchangeable in terms of the roles they play?
01 Jan 2003
31 Dec 2008
Fishing, hunting and trapping
Canada Research Chairs Program And The Canadian Foundation For Innovation
Strategic Research Theme
Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture