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Heather Hunt Lab

I study the physical and biological processes influencing the structure and organization of benthic marine invertebrate communities. Major themes include:

  • Understanding the effects of climate change in coastal marine communities.
  • Ocean acidification: relative effects of sediment and water column acidification on invertebrates living in the sediment;
  • Ocean warming: quantifying and forecasting changes in patterns of abundance and distribution of invertebrates and fish in subtidal cobble habitat.
  • The role of events during the early post-settlement period, when juvenile invertebrates have settled to the bottom and metamorphosed from the larval stage.
  • Mortality and dispersal rates during this crucial life stage can be high, and may influence the distribution and abundance of adult organisms.


Our lab equipment includes:

  • Microscopes for identification and counting of juvenile benthic invertebrates
  • Wet lab with sea table for holding invertebrates
  • Straight channel flume
  • Circular flume
  • Current meters (ADVs and ADCP)


Heather Hunt, PhD: Professor, Marine Invertebrate Ecologist

Marie-Josée Maltais: Biodiversity Project Coordinator; Research Technician

Heather Hunt Lab
Department of Biological Sciences
University of New Brunswick
P.O. Box 5050, Saint John, NB
Canada, E2L 4L5