Dr. Craig F. Purchase

Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes

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Academic synopsis

Memorial University

        Associate Professor of Biology & Ocean Sciences

        Fish Evolutionary Ecology Research Group

        Cognitive & Behavioural Ecology Graduate Program

        Environmental Science Graduate Program

Assistant Professor, Memorial University

NSERC Visiting Fellow,

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre 

Research Scientist,

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Bedford Institute of Oceanography

Lecturer, Saint Mary’s University

Sessional Instructor, Dalhousie University

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

Master of Science, Memorial University

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Memorial University


Other appointments

President, Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research

Dobbin Scholar, Ireland Canada University Foundation

Board of Editors, Northeastern Naturalist

COSEWIC Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee

Chair of the Board of Directors,

Protected Areas Association of Newfoundland & Labrador

Centre for Marine Biodiversity

Twitter: @CraigPurchase




September 2014

·         Congrats to Olivia Puckrin on passing her MSc thesis examination

·         Welcome to Sean Chilibeck, a Conservation Corps Intern who is working with our team this fall

·         Paper by Jeremy Mitchell and Craig on rapid colonization of a species at risk has been published in Northeastern Naturalist

·         Welcome to Brittany Palm who is a new PhD student working on Atlantic salmon ecology & conservation; through collaboration with the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland via the NSERC Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship program

·         Welcome to Sun Zeyu who is a new Master of Environmental Science student with our group


June 2014

·         Craig has been named a Dobbin Scholar by the Ireland Canada University Foundation. He will visit Galway and Mayo this fall to instigate collaborative research projects on wild Atlantic salmon.


May 2014

·         Craig presented research on capelin sperm behaviour at the Genomes to Biomes meeting in Montreal. Over 900 people attended the joint conference between CSEE, CSZ, and SCL.


April 2014

·         Congrats to honours student Aline, who has won a MUN Science Undergraduate Research Award (functionally equivalent to a NSERC USRA)

·         Paper by postdoc Jose Beirão on cod sperm plasticity to ovarian fluids of wild and farmed fish has been published in Aquaculture Environment Interactions 5: 61-70.

·         Video describing the Rennie’s River salmon reintroduction project has been posted on youtube. link

·         Congrats to Heather who successfully passed her PhD comprehensive exam on April 8

·         Welcome to Dr. Mehmet Kocabas, who has arrived for a 12 month postdoctoral fellowship with our team.

·         Congrats to Violaine Pemberton-Renaud who has won a NSERC USRA and will be beginning honours research with us this summer.


March 2014

·         Congrats to Aline (honours student) who won first place at the Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium on March 29. This is particularly impressive given she only started in January (most have been at this >8 months).

·         Congratulations to MSc student Corey Clarke who has successfully passed his external thesis examination. The thesis is titled “Life-long transgenerational effects of early experience in Atlantic salmon”

·         Paper by Craig, former MSc student Warner, and 2 collaborators has been published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences 71: 356-365. Our work entitled “Experimental tests to confirm chemical stability of otolith cores reveal significant variability and post-depositional changes” was labeled by the journal editors as “truly an advance in our understanding of how chemical analyses of otoliths should be viewed”


February 2014

·         Craig is giving a doubly invited seminar for the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research and Fisheries & Oceans Canada on Feb 26. It is tentatively titled “Reproductive performance of beach spawning capelin is remarkably sensitive to salinity” and will be held in the main auditorium of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre.


January 2014

·         Craig was nominated & elected 2015 President of the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research

·         Paper by postdoc Jose Beirão on cod sperm plasticity to temperature has been published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series 495:263-274