Remy Rochette- 2016 University Research Scholar

Before joining UNB as an Assistant Professor in 2001, Dr. Rochette held an NSERC PDF fellowship at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Lawrence Dill, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an internationally renowned evolutionary ecologist. At UNB, Dr. Rochette was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004, granted tenure in 2007, and promoted to Full Professor in 2010. The overarching theme of his research is the ecology and evolution of coastal marine invertebrates, with recent emphasis on research in support of sustainable exploitation and management of lobster fisheries in eastern Canada. As of December 2015, Dr. Rochette has published over 40 research papers in the primary scientific literature, 19 of which are since 2009. Since arriving at UNB he has received uninterrupted funding from NSERC, and has supervised or co-supervised 8 Doctoral students, 22 Masters Students, 70 undergraduate researchers as well as 4 technicians and research associates. He received a Merit Award in 2014-2015, the Faculty Excellence for Teaching Award in 2009-2010 and the Biology Department Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008-2009 and 2013-2014. He has shown strong leadership as Chairperson of the Biology Department between 2012-2015, and was a major force behind the development of the Marine Semester, which is a unique experiential-based program taught in the Fall at the Huntsman Marine Sciences Centre in which students learn by resolving problems and conducting supervised research.

Dr. Rochette has demonstrated exceptional leadership in large collaborative research projects with government scientists and the fishing industry. Between 2009 and 2012 he was lead investigator of 2 NSERC Strategic Projects, one aiming to develop a tool to quantify biodiversity and lobster settlement on shallow cobble-bottom habitat and one to validate a tool to directly assess the age of Crustaceans. The second project was the brainchild of Dr. Raouf Kilada, who is now a Research Associate at UNB. The first paper resulting from this work was published in 2012 and it immediately received considerable media coverage and the technique is now being tested on Crustaceans in many parts of the world. Between 2010-2015 Dr. Rochette was also lead investigator of the NSERC Canadian Fisheries Research Network’s Lobster Node, which is a large collaboration between scientists from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, academics and lobster harvesters in Newfoundland, Québec and the Maritime provinces that aims to quantify connectivity and define stocks of lobster in Canada. In 2015 he was awarded a third NSERC Strategic Project Grant, with Dr. Louis Bernatchez at Laval University, to further the research of the Lobster Node. He also collaborates with government and university scientists in the US, and he is involved in cross-disciplinary research with social scientists at UNB on co-construction of knowledge. Since 2009 he has received grants totaling $2.75 Million.

Dr. Rochette’s peers recognize him as a leader in his field. He is a member of the College of Reviewers of the NSERC CRC Program, member of the NSERC CFRN Research Committee and from 2011-2014 he was member of the NSERC Strategic Grants Selection Committee. He is often invited to give presentations on his research and most recently delivered a plenary talk at the 2015 US-Canada Science Symposium, The American Lobster in a Changing Environment, which was picked up by regional and national news outlets. His advice, as well as that of his students, is regularly sought by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and by lobster fishermen in all parts of eastern Canada.