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New MEOPAR Early-Career Research Projects

December 16, 2014

The Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) network is pleased to announce the addition of 12, new research projects to our national network. These projects align with our overall goal of improving Canada’s ability to manage and respond to risk in the marine environment.

“Early-career researchers are overflowing with ideas and enthusiasm,” says Dr. Douglas Wallace, MEOPAR’s Scientific Director. “Yet getting a research program off the ground can be challenging: someone has to give you a chance. MEOPAR is delighted to support these excellent researchers and their innovative projects. Their integration into MEOPAR’s existing network of established researchers and projects will be of great mutual benefit.”

Via these projects, MEOPAR is also welcoming four new universities to our network: the University of Calgary, l’Université du Québec en Outaouais, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto. Hosted at Dalhousie University, MEOPAR is funded by the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Program.

MEOPAR’s Early-Career Faculty Development Program has a budget of $1.2 million; to support the following 12 projects led by researchers across Canada:

Enhancing Ecosystem Resilience: Integrating Social and Natural Sciences through Marine Historical Ecology
Natalie C. Ban, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

Understanding Factors that Affect the Properties of Coastal and Polar Fog
Rachel Chang, Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University

Modelling of the Acoustic Environment and Interactions Between Whales and Ships in the St. Lawrence Estuary
Jérôme Dupras, Département des sciences naturelles, Université du Québec en Outaouais

Understanding Sea Ice Changes and Inuit Use of Scientific Information in the Northwest Passage
Brent Else, Department of Geography, University of Calgary

It’s Too Easy Being Green: Optimizing Capture Efficiency of Invasive Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) to Reduce Their Impact on Fisheries
Brett Favaro, Research Scientist at the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources, Fisheries andMarine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland/Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Evaluation, Improvement, and Communication of Short-Term Hazardous-Weather Forecasts Over Coastal British Columbia
Daniel Kirshbaum, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University

Modelling and Predicting Disease Outbreak and Spread in Coastal Seas: Towards Sustainability in Fisheries and Aquaculture
Martin Krkosek, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Linking Ocean Health and Human Health in Haida Gwaii
Philip A. Loring, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan

Improving Oil Spill Models to Support Environmental Emergency Response and Chemical Dispersant Use Policy Development
Haibo Niu, Department of Engineering, Dalhousie University (Truro Campus)

Pressured Ice: Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Mitigation of Risk for Marine Operations 
Rocky Taylor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Insuring Canadian Coastal Communities in the Era of Wild Weather 
Jason Thistlethwaite, School of Environment Enterprise and Development (SEED), University of Waterloo

Continuous Spectroscopic Measurements of Marine Boundary Layer Composition and Evolution in an Urban Shipping Environment
Aldona Wiacek, Environmental Science / Astronomy & Physics, Saint Mary’s University

(Please click the project title for more information about each project.)

Catherine Vardy
Communications Manager, MEOPAR

Neil Gall
Executive Director, MEOPAR