M.Sc. candidate (2011-)
B.Sc. (Hons.) Marine Biology Co-op, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS,. 2010.
Project: Settlement preferences of American lobster postlarvae with respect to substrate type and conspecific densities.
This project is part of the NSERC Network on Capture Fisheries
I am performing SCUBA-based field surveys of lobster settlers on cobbled and soft sedimentary bottoms to determine the relative contribution of each habitat to postlarval settlement at sites in the south-western Bay of Fundy (dominated by mud).
In the laboratory, I am examining postlarval settler preference for different settlement substrates and assessing their ability to delay settlement over less preferred substrates while retaining settlement competency.
I am also investigating whether high conspecific densities in cobbles may increase settlement onto other substrates. I will explore whether geographic variations in these larval preferences and behaviours exist.