M.Sc. candidate (2010 -)
B.Sc. (Adv. Major) Biology, Saint Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, 2010
Project: Age Determination in Crustaceans using the American Lobster (Homarus americanus)
This project is part of the NSERC Strategic on Age determination in Crustaceans.
My project will test the validity of a newly proposed method to determine age in Crustaceans, which currently does not exist. Due to molting, the use of proven methods of age determination through permanent calcified structures (i.e.: otoliths, shells) cannot be used.
This new method will make use of the American lobster (Homarus americanus) in attempts to provide a means to determine age in all crustaceans. The research, if proved valid, has the potential to impact the management of multi-million dollar fisheries (i.e.: American lobster, snow crab), as well as Crustacean biology as a whole.