Vince McMullin

PhD Candidate (January 2012 - present) 


Vince McMullinHometown: New Waterford, Nova Scotia
Education: MSc. Biology, 2008, University of New Brunswick, BSc Biology, 2005, Cape Breton University
Contact: vince.mcmullin@unb.ca, 506-648-5843

Research: "Development of a cumulative effects based regional monitoring framework for the Saint John Harbour and surrounding systems."


Currently, I am working on the development of a harbour based cumulative effects assessment for the recently established Saint John Harbour Environmental Monitoring Program (SJH-EMP). This opportunity expands upon my previous work as a former graduate with the University of New Brunswick and undergraduate with Cape Breton University.

After completing my Masters degree, within two years, I went on to publish in the Journal of Fish Biology and the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada on reproductive fish biology and effects based assessment. I have worked with several research and development organizations across Canada and abroad including initiatives here at home with the Canadian Rivers Institute, nationally with the Canadian Water Network, University of Saskatchewan, and Province of Saskatchewan, and internationally with foreign governments, and the United Nations Virtual Water program.

I have contributed to the development of both scientific and technical initiatives to improve our understanding of ecosystem health and water management strategies through biology, ecology, statistics, toxicology, development, geodatabasing, and systems architecture. During my leisure, I have found pleasure in traveling and have managed to network with individuals and companies on an international level with similar environmental and geolocation interests.

I've traveled throughout Canada and the USA, visited more than a dozen states, attended national/international conferences of both scientific and technical nature. Currently, I also operate a private New Brunswick consulting business which focuses on the development of environment based geospatial and analytical tools to better our understanding of ecosystem health within the scientific and non-scientific worlds.

Relevant work experience

Technical Lead for "The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System" - THREATS, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan, 2008 - 2012

As the Technical Lead of THREATS, I worked with two of Canada's Research Chairs on a national collaborative in two provinces. This project involved coordination across 6 universities and 11 principle investigators for watersheds across Canada (Saint John, Grand River, South Saskatchewan, Athabasca, and Fraser Rivers) and over 10 graduate students.

This position required significant leadership in an area of national and global pre-eminence - cumulative effects assessment for  improved integrated water resource management. This position required regular professional meetings across Canada, the development of relationships with professional research councils, education of graduate and undergraduate students, and the development of a geospatial and statistics tools.

This work has gained international interest exemplified by a recent proposal prepared by City College, New York, to NASA's Water Resources Feasibility program to unite THREATS with the United Nations Water Gems program for drought analysis.

Recent scientific publications 

McMullin, V.A., Dubé, M.G., Lettvenuk, J. (2011) Technical Review of The Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS™). Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. (University of Saskatchewan).

McMullin, V.A., Munkittrick, K.R., Methven, D.A. (2009) Latitudinal variability in lunar spawning rhythms: Absence of a lunar pattern in the northern mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus macrolepidotus). Journal of Fish Biology. 75, 885-900.

McMullin, V.A., Munkittrick, K.R., Methven, D.A. (2009) Spatial variability of reproductive and size characteristics of the northern mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus macrolepidotus) collected near municipal wastewater discharges. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. 45, 25-34.