Last year, MEOPAR announced the first cohort of Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards, bringing nine talented new researchers into the Network and supporting work in regions across Canada and around the world. Over the past year, our postdoctoral fellows have contributed in many different ways, joining committees, bringing in new HQP and truly raising the bar at our Annual Scientific and Training Meetings.
Following on last year’s success, we are pleased to announce a second cohort of postdoctoral fellows joining MEOPAR this year. These promising early-career researchers work in fields that span all areas of MEOPAR’s strategic plan, with special attention paid to our four challenge areas of Ocean Observation, Forecasting/Projection, Coastal Resilience, and Marine Operations/Transportation.
Recipients of the MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellowship Award hold an existing postdoctoral position with a recognized Tri-Council eligible institution; demonstrate support from their supervisors for their work; and engage in research that contributes to the advancement of marine research in Canada. Structured as a top-up, the awards supplement existing funding for these talented scholars and help to alleviate financial burden as they embark on the next stages of their careers.
Postdoctoral fellowship winners are eligible to renew their award for a second year. In addition to their contributions to MEOPAR, three of last year’s cohort received full-time employment and did not renew their award. We are thrilled to see them take the next steps toward their professional goals, and look forward to following their careers with great interest.
Introducing the second cohort of MEOPAR Postdoctoral Fellows:
Alexandra Davis (University of Alberta)
“Developing spatially explicit tools to minimize costs and maximize benefits of marine invasive species control”
Bryn Letham (Simon Fraser University)
“Developing Long-Term Reconstructions of Sea Level, Shoreline, and Human Settlement Change on the Northern Coast of British Columbia”
Christoph Renkl (Dalhousie University)
“Historical Variability and Drivers of Sea Ice Along Coastal Labrador”
David Carozza (Université du Québec à Montréal)
“Characterisation of storm surge risk in Atlantic Canada and the Eastern United States for insurance and coastal stakeholders”
Eva Bogdan (University of Waterloo)
“Building Capacity for Difficult Conversations on Flood Risk Management in Canadian Coastal Communities”
Harri Petit-Wade (University of Windsor)
“Tracking coastal fish movements in the western Canadian Arctic to address community concerns and understand flexibility to ecosystem change”
Lily Yumagulova (Simon Fraser University)
“Development of the Canadian Ocean Literacy strategy”
Nicolien van Luijk (University of Ottawa)
"Community perspectives on the impacts of increased shipping and climate change along the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic"