Dr. Craig F. Purchase

Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes

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Academic synopsis

Current

Memorial University

    Professor of Biology

    Cross-appointed to Dept. of Ocean Sciences

    Cross-appointed to School of Fisheries

    Cognitive & Behavioural Ecology Graduate Program

    Environmental Science Graduate Program

2019-20

Visiting Professor, University of Western Australia

2014-20

Associate Professor, Memorial University

2008-14

Assistant Professor, Memorial University

2006-07

NSERC Visiting Fellow,

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre 

2006

Research Scientist,

Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Bedford Institute of Oceanography

2005

Lecturer, Saint Mary’s University

2005

Sessional Instructor, Dalhousie University

2004-05

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University

2004

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Toronto

1999

Master of Science, Memorial University

1997

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Memorial University

 

 

 

Other appointments

2022-23

President, Canadian Aquatic Resources Section, American Fisheries Society

2020-21

VP, Canadian Aquatic Resources Section, American Fisheries Society

2009-20

COSEWIC Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee

2019

Forrest Research Foundation International Visiting Fellow

2019

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia

2011-19

Board of Editors, Northeastern Naturalist

2015

President, Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research

2014-15

Dobbin Scholar, Ireland Canada University Foundation

2008

Chair of the Board of Directors,

Protected Areas Association of Newfoundland & Labrador

 

 

NEWS FROM THE LAB

 

April 2021

·         The lab has an opening for a new MSc student, see the announcement.

·         Welcome to Jayme Bonnell, who is joining the team under a Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) for the summer.

·         We are getting ready to move into new $325 million science building over the next couple of months.

 

September 2020

·         We are getting use to the pandemic, and the lab is emerging from the blue

·         Kelly has been in the field since July, electrofishing for juvenile salmonids

·         Paper on how temperature affects catch and release mortality in salmonid has been published in CJFAS, with Craig as co-author

 

January 2020

·         Paper by Craig and Anna on freezing ovarian fluid for cryptic female choice experiments was accepted by the Journal of Fish Biology.

 

December 2019

·         Paper by Orbach, Rooke, Evans, Pitcher and Purchase on “mate choice in capelin” was accepted for publication by the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

 

November 2019

·         Paper lead by Dara on “capelin sexual dimorphism” was published in the Journal of Fish Biology.

·         Craig gave two research talks at the University of Western Australia

 

October 2019

·         Paper led by Heather on “reproductive constraints in killifish” was published

·         Kelly and Madison presented their research at the annual Salmonid Council of Newfoundland & Labrador meeting

·         Craig arrived in Perth Australia where he is spending part of his sabbatical at UWA

 

September 2019

·         Craig has been elected as the Vice-President (2020-2021) and President (2022-2023) of the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section, of the American Fisheries Society

 

August 2019

·         Congrats to Steven Poulos for having his MSc thesis pass examination

·         Craig presented the lake trout senescence project at the Biology of Sperm meeting in Sweden

 

April 2019

·         2nd paper from our oil spill research has been published by the journal Marine Environmental Research. Titled “Impact of crude oil and dispersant on capelin embryo development” it stems from research funded by the National Contaminants Advisory Group of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0141113618307050

o   The 1st paper from this project was published in the fall in the journal Environmental Pollution, and is titled “Chemically-dispersed crude oil and dispersant affects sperm fertilizing ability, but not sperm swimming behaviour in capelin”. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0269749118301714

·         Paper titled “The impact of a changing winter climate on the hatch phenology of one of North America’s largest Atlantic salmon populations” has been accepted for publication by Conservation Physiology.

·         Paper titled “Fish sperm competition in hatcheries and between wild and hatchery origin fish in nature” has been accepted for publication in  Theriogenology.

 

March 2019

·         Craig was an invited expert on 3 DFO meetings this month: Regional Science Advisory Processes for Atlantic salmon and capelin, and Recovery Action Plan for lumpfish.

·         Craig gave an invited talk at an upcoming WWF Salmon Habitat Restoration Workshop on March 28, called “Global synthesis of the effectiveness of various salmonid spawning habitat enhancements and key recommendations for Newfoundland salmon”

 

February 2019

·         Congratulations to Heather Penney, who successfully defended her PhD thesis on Feb 1.

 

January 2019

·         Craig and Anna, along with Mike Rennie (Lakehead U) and Jay Treberg (U Manitoba) presented work on lake trout reproduction at the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research in London Ontario.  “Old funks don’t always have junk spunk: a clear lack of reproductive senescence in  sperm quality within the long-lived indeterminate growing lake trout”

 

October 2018

·         We had a team of 6 at the ERMA facilities on the Grandfalls fishway, where we sampled 70 salmon for Madison’s project on among-individual variation in sperm quality.

·         We were thrilled to be hosting Geoff Parker (retired University of Liverpool) who received an Honorary Doctor of Science from MUN on October 18.

·         Craig was interviewed October 10 about “Cressie” for an upcoming episode of the TV show “Rare Earth Uncovered” on APTN.

·         Welcome to Taylor Hughes and Coady Fitzpatrick who join the lab as MUCEP students, and Terry Sullivan who is back with us for the 3rd fall of salmon spawning.

 

August 2018

·         Craig spent 7 days in a remote site of Prince William Sound Alaska, working with Peter Westley (UAF) on pink salmon reproduction