Funding Partners

Largest federal government university research grant in Atlantic Canada History

This research is enabled by the largest federal government university research award in Dalhousie — and Atlantic Canadian — history: a $35 million investment by CFI, supplemented by an additional $10 million from NSERC, and $327,500 from SSHRC. As of 2017, OTN is supported by $11.4 million under the CFI-Major Science Initiative fun, as well as a $3.6 million match from the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust. This investment will leverage in excess of $100 million of in-kind and financial contributions from our OTN partners worldwide.

Over 400 international researchers from 20 countries are currently participating in the global network, and new researchers are being regularly added. International Deployment Collaborators engage in the project by providing operation and maintenance support of international receiver lines (also referred to as arrays) deployed in their jurisdictions, as well as tagging and releasing marine animals to study their movements.

 

 

 

 


Industry Partners

Partner Contribution
Baker Blue Ocean Vessel operations
Catalina Sea Ranch Inc. Deployment collaborator (platform of opportunity)
Dominion Diving Vessel operations/ROVs
Edgetech Equipment supplier
Emera Environmental Impact Assessment collaborator
Encana Deployment collaborator (platform of opportunity)
(funding for 2013-14 blue shark study)
ExxonMobil Deployment collaborator (platform of opportunity)
Kintama Research Services Equipment supplier
Land & Sea Outfitting Inc. Logistical support
Liquid Robotics Technology development (Wave Glider)
Lotek Data storage tag supplier
Maritime bioLoggers Accelerometer tags
Microwave Telemetry Satellite tags
Nalcor Deployment collaborator
NASA (Kennedy Space Center Ecological Group) Platform of opportunity
Nautilus Marine Services GmbH (GER) Equipment supplier
Open Seas Instrumentation Equipment supplier
Rainbow Net and Rigging Equipment supplier
ROMOR Equipment supplier
Satlantic Equipment supplier
Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU Instrumentation; UK) Satellite tag/ technology development
Sigma Eight Inc. Radio tags
SmartBay Ireland Deployment collaborator (SmartBuoy)
Star-Oddi Data storage tags
StatOil Deployment collaborator
Teledyne Technologies Inc. Slocum glider/equipment supplier
VEMCO Acoustic tag and receiver supplier/technology development collaborators
Verizon Technology development – remote communication
Wildlife Computers Satellite tag supplier

 

 


Canadian Institutions and Principal Investigators

The team of lead PIs for the OTN Canada Network represents a diverse group of 29 internationally renowned researchers. Most are leaders in their field, both nationally and internationally, and many have pioneered interdisciplinary and experimental approaches in conducting scientific research in the areas of ocean sciences, marine animal ecology, physiology, and conservation. Although OTN is headquartered at Dalhousie University, the PIs represent 16 academic and government institutions across Canada. In addition, all PIs have extensive collaborations between these and other national and international academic and government institutions, as well as with conservation organizations.

In addition to the extensive expertise of the Network PIs, OTN Canada draws upon the expertise and experience of an impressive group of researchers who will also be direct collaborators on OTN projects: over 30 investigators from additional institutions. These researchers will bring an extraordinary amount of added value to the entire Network program.

Researcher Affiliation Arena
Dr. Don Bowen DFO-BIODalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Eddy Carmack DFO-IOS Arctic
Dr. Martin Castonguay DFO-MLI Atlantic
Dr. Steven Cooke Carleton U Pacific
Dr. Glenn Crossin Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Michael Dadswell Acadia U Atlantic
Dr. Julian Dodson Laval U Atlantic
Dr. Anthony Farrell UBC Pacific
Dr. Katja Fennel Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Steven Ferguson DFO-FWIU Manitoba Arctic
Dr. Aaron Fisk U Windsor Arctic
Dr. Ian Fleming Memorial U Atlantic
Dr. Joanna Mills-Flemming Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. John Ford DFO-PBSUBC Pacific
Dr. Bruce Hatcher Cape Breton U Atlantic
Dr. Scott Hinch UBC Pacific
Dr. Sara Iverson Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Mathew Litvak Mount Allison U Atlantic
Dr. Kristina Miller DFO-PBSUBC Pacific
Dr. Jinyu Sheng Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Peter Smith DFO-BIODalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Michael Stokesbury Acadia U Atlantic
Dr. Christopher Taggart Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Keith Thompson Dalhousie U Atlantic
Dr. Richard Thomson DFO-IOSU Victoria Pacific
Dr. Svein Vagle DFO-IOSU Victoria Arctic
Dr. Fred Whoriskey ASFDalhousie U Atlantic


International Institutions and Principal Investigators

 

Australia

Principal Investigators

Dr. Jayson Semmens (IMOS)
Dr. Rory McAuley (WA Fisheries)

HQP

Micahel Drew (PhD) – Flinders University / SARDI
Nicolas Payne (PhD – Awarded) U of Adelaide and UTAS
Chris Dudgeon (PhD – Awarded) The University of Queensland and UTAS
Nathalie Verlinden (Honours Awarded) – The University of Queensland
Peggy Newman (3rd Year undergrad project complete) – The University of Queensland
Kate Lee (MPhill in Environmental Science) – Macquarie University
Alex Schnell (PhD in Environmental Science) – Macquarie University
Gwenael Cadiou (PhD) – University of Technology, Sydney / UNSW
Conrad Speed (PhD) – Charles Darwin University / Australian Institute of Marine Science
Fabrice Jaine (PhD) – The University of Queensland
Lydie Courturier (PhD) – The University of Queensland
Danielle Knip (PhD) – James Cook University
Andrew Chin (PhD) – James Cook University
Jimmy White (PhD) – James Cook University
Kenneth Frazer McGregor (PhD) – Murdoch University
Owen R. O’Shea (PhD) – Murdoch University / Australian Institute of Marine Science
Florencia Cerutti (PhD) – Carles Darwin university / Australian Institute of Marine Science
Gabriel Vianna (PhD) – University of Western Australia / Australian Institute of Marine Science
Killian Stehfest (PhD) – UTAS / CSIRO
Adam Barnett (PhD) – UTAS / CSIRO
Candace McBride (PhD under examination) – Macquarie University / UTAS / Museum Victoria
Jaime McAllister (PhD) – UTAS
Jeff Whitty (MPhill by research) – Murdoch University
Alexander Prusche (PhD) – UNSW
Ruan Gannon (PhD Candidate) – UNSW / NSW I&I
Dylan van der Muelan (PhD Candidate) – UNSW / NSW I&I
Jerom Stocks (PhD Candidate) – UNSW / NSW I&I
Jason How (PhD) – Edith Cowan University
Jaimie Cleeland (Honours) – UTAS

Technical / Professional Personnel

Dr. Andreaa Steckenreuter (AATAMS)
Edward Forbes (IMAS)
David (Irish) Faloon (IMAS)
Phil McDowall (AATAMS)
Sarah-Jane Pyke (IMAS)

Azores, Portugal

HQP

Pedro Afonso (PhD)
Jorge Fontes (PhD)
Gonçalo Graça (MSc)

Technical / Professional Personnel

Sergio Gomes

Norway

Principal Investigators

Dr. Jan Grimsrud Davidsen
Research scientist Jo Vegar Arnekleiv

HQP

Sindre Eldøy (Masters)

Technical / Professional Personnel

Lars Rønning (Technician)
Aslak Sjursen (Technician)

Oahu, Hawaii

HQP

Melanie Hutchinson (PhD)

Prince William Sound, Alaska

Principal Investigators

Mary Anne Bishop, Ph.D., Research Ecologist (Prince William Sound Science Center)

Technical / Professional Personnel

Megan McKinzie (Prince William Sound Science Center)
Brad Reynolds (Prince William Sound Science Center)
Ian Beveridge (OTN)

South Africa

HQP

Alison Kock (PhD)
Enrico Gennari (PhD)
Matt Dicken (PDF)
Amber Childs (PhD)
Rhett Bennett (PhD)
Taryn Murray (PhD)
Ryan Daly (PhD)

Technical / Professional Personnel

Carrie Pretorius (Lwandle Technologies)
Juan Greef (East Cape Parks & Tourism Agency)
Willy Kokose (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity)

Strait of Gibraltar, Spain

Principal Investigators

Antoni Calafat Frau (UB, Barcelona)
Miquel Canals Artigas (UB, Barcelona)
Francisco J. Abascal Crespo (IEO, Madrid)
Carlos Farias Rapallo (IEO, Madrid)

HQP

Anna Sanchez Vidal (Postdoc Researcher)
Aitor Rumin Caparrós (PhD Student)

Technical / Professional Personnel

Xavi Rayo Sarrias (UB, Barcelona)
Jesús Rivera Martínex (IEO, Madrid)
Angel Merino Jiménez (IEO, Santander)


Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)

HQP are OTN’s research associates, Postdoctoral Fellows, PhDs, Masters, and Bachelors students. If you would like to be part of the network, look for student and postdoc positions under Opportunities.
information is available about HQP Travel Funds.

Mike Donaldson (PDF)
Adult salmon capture/release and stress studies
Erica Eliason (PDF)
Adult salmon thermal tolerance and survival
Ken Jeffries (PDF)
Genomics and migration success in Pacific salmon
Arthur Bass (PhD)
Effects of handling and temperature on salmon disease and survival using telemetry studies
Nolan Bett (PhD)
Factors affecting olfaction and homing success in adult salmon
Andre Bezanson (PhD)
Design and fabrication of high frequency phased array for imaging the inner ear
Franziska Broell (PhD)
Accelerometry; the key to monitoring temperature-dependent fish growth and activity
Katrina Cook (PhD)
Adult salmon capture/release marine studies
Mathieu Dever (PhD)
Characterization of Nova Scotian Current and its variability along the Halifax Line
Matt Drenner (PhD)
Relationships between oceanographic condition and adult salmon migration timing and survival
Nathan Furey (PhD)
Modelling survival and behaviour of outmigrating salmon smolts
Vivian Nguyen (PhD)
Social science perspectives on telemetry and fisheries capture/release
Graham Raby (PhD)
Effects of capture/release fisheries on salmon migration behaviour, physiology, and RAMP
Natalie Sopinka (PhD)
Effects of stress on survival and fitness of adult salmon
Amy Teffer (PhD)
Effects of handling and temperature on salmon disease and survival using laboratory experiments
Matthew Beck (MSc)
A multiparameter approach for estimating chlorophyll a from ocean gliders
Nich Burnett (MSc)
Comparison of accelerometer loggers and transmitter in assessing migration behaviour of adult salmon
Jacqueline Chapman (MSc)
Adult salmon capture/release studies in marine areas
Matthew Langford (MSc)
ADCP assessment of river hydraulics
Collin Middleton (MSc)
Effects of water chemistry and flows on passage of adult salmon
Kendra Robinson (MSc)
Assisted ventilation as a recovery approach for salmon following capture/release
Sam Wilson (MSc)
Using accelerometer transmitters to assess migration energetics in adult salmon
Adam Comeau (RA)
Ecosystem monitoring on the Scotian Shelf
Eduardo Martins (RA)
Montana McLean (PhD)