Congratulations to MEOPAR’s latest cohort of postdoc award-winners

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MEOPAR is excited to announce its 2020-21 cohort of Postdoctoral Fellowship Award recipients. Over the past two years, this funding program brought talented early-career researchers into the network, connecting them with MEOPAR researchers, trainees and partners across Canada.

Launched in 2018-19, the Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards are designed to supplement, or top-up, existing funding for promising postdoctoral fellows, as a way to alleviate financial burden and empower them to take advantage of professional development activities as they navigate the next stages of their careers. Recipients must 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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Award recipients are also eligible to renew their funds for a second year—of the nine recipients from MEOPAR’s inaugural cohort, six chose to do so while the remaining three secured gainful employment. In 2019-20, MEOPAR supported eight bright scholars from across the country, representing disciplines from political science to archeology to oceanography.

“From its launch, the postdoctoral program has attracted a diverse group of talented early-career researchers at post-secondary institutions across Canada. The high quality of the applications continues to impress our reviewers,” says Laura Avery, MEOPAR’s Training Program Manager. “The commitment of this year’s award recipients to community engagement and meaningful change is inspiring. I look forward to getting to know this cohort of postdoctoral fellows and learning more about their research!”

Meet our third cohort of Postdoctoral Fellowship Award recipients:

Amélie Bouchat, McGill University
Seasonal prediction of freeze-up dates and ice coverage in the St-Lawrence Seaway using Artificial Intelligence

Andrea Bryndum-Buchholz, Dalhousie University
Future-proofing marine conservation planning in the North-West Atlantic Ocean

Danielle Denley, Simon Fraser University
Designing Solutions to the Hidden Impacts of Climate Change on Canada’s Undersea Forests

Marianne Falardeau-Côté, Université Laval
Linking fisheries, food security, and health, to changing marine food webs in the Canadian Arctic 

Natasha Hardy, University of Alberta
Ecological trait indicators for predictive modeling of tuna fisheries productivity and distribution to inform Canadian and US fisheries management under climate change

Christian Marchese, University of British Columbia/University of Victoria
Ocean remote sensing and spatial-temporal dynamic of coastal marine biophysical provinces of British Columbia and Southeast Alaska 

Ludovic Pascal, Université du Québec à Rimouski
Assessment of nitrogen cycling in coastal benthic ecosystems

Andy Stock, University of British Columbia
Cumulative human impacts and resilience of kelp forests in a changing climate