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HQP Spotlight: Farrah Chan
HQP Spotlight: Farrah Chan

Name
Farrah Chan - CAISN II PhD Student

Undergraduate Degree
University of Waterloo
 
Academic Institution
University of Windsor, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

Supervisors
Drs. Hugh MacIsaac and Sarah Bailey

CAISN Research
Climate change and biological invasions are expected to cause profound changes in the biological composition of Arctic habitats. Climate change is reducing Arctic sea ice, which will likely promote shipping activity and provide a more suitable environmental condition for non-Arctic species, resulting in an elevated risk of ship-mediated biological invasions. My dissertation examines whether commercial and Navy ships are transporting aquatic non-indigenous species to the Canadian Arctic via hull fouling and/or ballast water discharge.

Benefits of the CAISN Approach
I receive funding to cover part of the transportation cost of fieldwork in Iqaluit, NU and Churchill, MB through the Strategic Network Enhancement Initiative (SNEI) grant for student travel. In addition, I have the opportunities to present my research and establish contacts with other researchers in CAISN annual general meetings.

Future Plans
I would like to continue in research either as a faculty at a university or a researcher at a governmental laboratory.
 

 

 
 
Posted: Nov 14, 2013
Catching Up with Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark
Catching Up with Dr. Sarah Stewart-Clark
Since it's inception, CAISN has been training the next generation of AIS researchers, our Highly Quallified Personnel (HQP). Many of them go on to amazing careers in the field, both in the private and public sector. From time to time, we like to catch up with alumnus. This time, we're talking with Dalhousie's Dr. Sarah Stewart Clark.

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Shellfish Aquaculture, Dalhousie University.

Academics

Received PhD through CAISN with Dr. Jeff Davidson at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island.

Noteworthy Achievements

The world-renowned International Tunicate DNA Databank at the University of Prince Edward Island.

How did CAISN funding help you?

CAISN funded my doctoral research - "Developing molecular assays for the detection of invasive tunicates in PEI." CAISN also funded a travel award that allowed me to visit three regions in Spain where I met with the university researchers, as well as regional and federal government scientists, to learn about shellfish aquaculture and invasive species in Spain while collecting samples for my doctoral research. In addition, CAISN supported the extablishment of the International DNA Databank, an initiative that propelled my international research reputation, while fostering connections and collaborations on an international scale.

How is the CAISN collaborative appproach beneficial to you and other HQP?

CAISN funding was instrumental in facilitating research opportunities that assissted me in developing a high level of expertise in my field of research. I also think that the international research experience made available to me was instrumental in separating me from my peers and allowed me to secure a coveted tenure track faculty position at what many consider to be a young age. By having an organized network of Principal Investigators across the country who specialize in invasive species research, the HQP that trained withing the network exited their graduate degree programs with a large network of researchers from which spin-off projects, both inside and outside the CAISN framework, could occur. I have no doubt that my exposue to this large network of collaborators was instrumental in helping me achieve my career objectives thus far.
Posted: Nov 14, 2013
HQP Spotlight: Jocelyn Nelson
HQP Spotlight: Jocelyn Nelson

Undergraduate Degree
Bachelor of Science - Ecology and Environmental Science
 
Academic Institution
University of British Columbia
 
Supervisor(s)
Dr. Christopher Harley - UBC
Dr. Thomas Therriault - Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 
CAISN Research
Jocelyn's research seeks to address two questions:
  1. How will species invasion and climate change influence marine fouling communities in the northeast Pacific?
  2. Will increasing temperature and salinity correlate with presence of Botrylloides violaceus and Botryllus schlosseri?
Benefits of the CAISN Approach
The Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network coordinates research across the country, which prevents overlap of projects while ensuring questions are fully answered.
 
Future Plans
In the future, Jocelyn plans to use the skills acquired through her experience with CAISN with non-governmental or government organizations to further protect our oceans from degradation.
Posted: Nov 14, 2013
CAISN Newsletters - Back Issues
About three to four times a year, CAISN publishes newsletters detailing some of the key research being conducted, highlighting the researchers and providing a spotlight for our world-class contingent of grad students. You can access all of the back issues by following the links provided.

Spring 2013 - A recap of the amazing 2013 CAISN Annual General Meeting in Kananaskis, AB.

Winter 2013 - A first look at the state-of-the-art mesocosm built for CAISN in Nova Scotia and 
                      an interview with CAISN I past-grad student, Sarah Stewart-Clark.

Autumn 2012 - A look at the international collaboration between labs in Ireland and Canada, an
                        an HQP spotlight and a solemn goodbye. 

Spring 2012 - An account of some of the work being conducted by CAISN researchers in 
                     Canada's Arctic and a synthesis paper announcement.
Posted: Nov 12, 2013
CAISN Researchers Among Invited Guests at Galway Conference
CAISN's participation at conferences addressing the issue of aquatic invasion has become the norm around the world. Click here to learn more about presentations by Dr. Hugh MacIsaac and Dr. Tony Ricciardi.
Posted: Apr 09, 2013
CAISN - Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network
CAISN Winter Newsletter
CAISN Winter Newsletter
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ARCTIC WORKSHOP PROGRAM
ARCTIC WORKSHOP PROGRAM
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Arctic Ship Biofouling Survey
Arctic Ship Biofouling Survey
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IN THE NEWS
CAISN Funded Paper Wins DFO's 2014 Outstanding Scientific Paper of the Year

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University of Alberta News: September 9, 2015 - Two professors earn Royal Society Honours
In the News: CAISN PI, Dr. Mark Lewis

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UPI: February 10, 2015 - Researchers imagine killer shrimp invasion of the Great Lakes
In the News: CAISN II PI Anthony Ricciardi and CAISN II HQP Katie Pagnucco

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