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Team Members
Since 2005, when I started working at Memorial University, I have welcomed and trained numerous undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants and postdoctoral researchers. See the complete list of lab members and projects below.
People in the Mercier Lab
Postdoctoral fellows
Guillaume Caulier (2018-) -- Exploring the sea cucumber  C. frondosa as an emerging aquaculture candidate.
Emaline Montgomery (2017-18) -- Towards optimal handling and processing of sea cucumber in eastern Canada.
Ekaterina Bocharova (2017) -- Visiting from Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography (VNIRO).
Libin Zhang (2011 and 2012) -- Visiting from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS), China.
PhD students
Jiamin Sun (2015- ) -- Biology of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa relative to its potential use in integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA).
Bruno Gianasi (2015-18) -- Exploring the potential of the commercial sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa as an aquaculture species.
Camilla Parzanini (2014-18) -- An integrated approach to studying the trophic ecology of a deep-sea faunal assemblage from the NW Atlantic. Co-superv. C. Parrish.
Emaline Montgomery (2013-17) -- An exploration of the morphology, swimming capacity and behaviour of marine invertebrate propagules.
Sandrine Baillon (2010-14) -- Characterization and role of major deep-sea pennatulacean corals in the bathyal zone of eastern Canada.
Zhao Sun (2009-12) -- Occurrence and significance of offspring size variations: insights from brooding marine invertebrates.

MSc students
              Brittney Stuckless (2017- ) -- Behavioural adaptations and species interactions in the deep sea.
              Janet Ferguson-Roberts (2017- ) -- Characterization of lecithotrophic propagules in marine invertebrates.
              Justine Ammendolia (2014-17) -- Life under pressure: responses of echinoderms to hydrostatic pressure and other stressors.
              Matt Osse (2013-16) -- Indicators of petroleum product exposure in benthic cold-water marine invertebrates.
              Katie Verkaik (2013-15) -- Impact of CO2-driven ocean acidification on reproduction in marine invertebrates.
              Bruno Gianasi (2013-15) -- Fisheries and aquaculture related biometrics of the sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa.
              Katie Gale (2011-13) -- Deep-sea Asteroidea of eastern Canada: trophic ecology and species interactions.
              Sandrine Baillon (2008) -- MSc internship from University of Western Brittany. Gametogenic synchronicity in deep-sea echinoderms.
              Gina Doyle (2008-11) -- Influence of environmental factors and spatial distribution on the reproduction of brittle stars.
              Justin So (2006-09) -- Determination of growth, habitat utilisation, predation and geneflow in Newfoundland populations of sea cucumbers.
              Zhao Sun (2006-09) -- Reproductive biology of deep-sea soft corals in the Newfoundland & Labrador region. Co-superv. E. Edinger.

              Honours students
              Tiffany Small (2017-18) -- Exploring colour morphotypes in the commercial sea cucumber Cucumaria frondosa.
              Brittney Stuckless (2016-17) -- Components and drivers of locomotory behaviour in suspension-feeding sea cucumbers.
              Leah Robertson (2014-15) -- Feeding ecology of deep-sea sponges.
              Jessica Melvin (2013-14) -- A comparison of the cnidoms of four coastal species of sea anemone (Cnidaria: Actiniaria).
              Matthew English (2011-12) -- Comparative study of sclerites in deep-water pennatulacean corals.
              David Ross (2010-11) -- Egg size and reproductive strategy in shallow-water vs. deep-sea echinoderms.
              Sandy Hamilton (2010-11) -- Competitive aspects of shell selection by hermit crabs.
              Emily Doncaster (2009) -- Predation on lecithotrophic larvae.
              Meredith Schofield (2008-09) -- Feeding ecology of deep-sea symbiotic species.
              Meghan Goobie (2008-09) -- The ecology of brittle stars in rhodoliths.

              Interns, undergraduate research assistants and NSERC USRA students
              Kaitlyn Curran (MUCEP 2018)
              Sarik Shaikh-Upadhye (MUCEP 2018)
              Jennifer Wilkins (Volunteer Summer 2018)
              Kirsten Costello (Volunteer Summer 2018)
              MacGregor Parent (MUCEP 2017-18)
              Amelia Crabtree (Fall Vounteer 2017; Fulbright program)
              Tiffany Small (Volunteer Summer 2017)
              Natasha Baker (MUCEP 2016)
              William Balsom (Research Assistant 2016)
              Michelle Valliant (MUCEP 2015-16)
              Chelsea Bloom (MUCEP 2015)
              Leah Robertson (MUCEP 2014-15)
              Tyler Engert (MUCEP 2014-15)
              Jessica Melvin (MUCEP 2013-14)
              Violaine Pemberton-Renaud (NSERC USRA 2013)
              Edison Santos (Science Without Borders 2013)
              Hannah Anderson (Research Assistant 2013)
              David Forsey (MUCEP 2013)
              Philip Sargent (Research Assistant 2007-12)
              Christa Lee Spurrell (MUCEP 2011-12)
              Karalee McAskill (MUCEP 2010-11)
              Clare Lewis (MUCEP 2010)
              Chris Negrijn (MUCEP 2006-07)
              Nikita Laite (MUCEP 2008-10)
              Gina Doyle (MUCEP 2006-07)

              Founding Partnership
              Over the past 25 years, I have carried the best part of my work in collaboration with my husband and primary colleague, Jean-François Hamel.  We have conducted research in Canada, Solomon Islands, Micronesia, Ecuador and many other countries. Together we have founded the Society for the Exploration & Valuing of the Environment(SEVE), which is dedicated to research and outreach. It goes without saying that J-F is an honorary member and close collaborator of the Mercier Lab.
              Annie & J-F
              Annie & J-F
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