Dr. Craig F. Purchase
Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes
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
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
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
NEWS FROM THE LAB
· We are accepting applications for new graduate students (see opportunities link) to work on gamete ecology. Students with a background in sperm biology are particularly encouraged to apply.
· Craig was the chief organizer for the 69th Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research, which ran Jan 7-9. Our lab was also an author on 6 presentations.
· Paper by former MSc student Corey Clarke has been published by the journal Animal Conservation. It is titled “Lifelong and carry-over effects of early captive exposure in Atlantic salmon”, and was done in Fundy National Park.
· Craig was interviewed live on the NTV Evening Newshour about what we have learned since the collapse of the northern cod stocks 25 years ago
· Our work on sperm ecology has been heavily featured in a review published this month by Reinhardt, Dobler and Abbott (Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 46:435-459). In many ways it is similar conceptually to the NSERC Discovery Grant proposal (Gamete ecology in variable environments) that Craig currently has in review.
· Craig submitted a new 3-year grant proposal to the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation, entitled “Salmon gametes as a source for research, restocking and public engagement”
· Craig gave an invited seminar at the University of Manitoba on Nov 6 called “Gamete plasticity under environmental perturbation”
· Former postdoc Laura Weir and Craig submitted a paper called “Subtle natural water chemistry induces sperm plasticity in a stream spawning fish” for review
· Craig was interviewed twice by the CBC to discuss the effects of breeding between farmed and wild salmon, and factors influencing recruitment in capelin
· Welcome to Tanner Stein, who joined the group as a new MUCEP student
· Brendan, Craig and Ian Fleming submitted a paper to Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries called ”In search of a cultured fish phenotype: a systematic review, meta-analysis and vote counting analysis”
· Craig gave an invited public lecture for Nature NL on Oct 15 titled “Weird sex: the unusual morphology, behaviour and gametes of capelin”
· Paper by Wringe, Fleming and Purchase entitled “The spawning success of cultured and wild male Atlantic cod does not differ during paired contests” has been published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series.
· Paper by Brendan entitled “Rapid morphological divergence of cultured Atlantic cod of the northwest Atlantic from their source population” has been published in Aquaculture Environment Interactions
· Craig gave an invited talk entitled “The future of salmon in our rivers” to the AGM of the Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program.
· Craig has been asked to speak about salmon ecology at a Nature Conservancy of Canada event in spring 2016
· Grant entitled “Impacts of crude oil and dispersants on capelin reproductive performance” has been funded by the National Contaminants Advisory Group of DFO. Work will being in summer 2016.
· Craig gave public Q&A sessions on capelin reproduction for Nature NL.
· Paper by Beirão, Purchase, Wringe, & Fleming entitled “Inter-population ovarian fluid variation differentially modulates sperm motility in Atlantic cod” has been published by the Journal of Fish Biology.
· Heather presented a paper titled “Investigations of hatch and emergence time, size and growth rates of young of the year charr among fjord rivers in northern Labrador, Canada” to the 8th International Charr Symposium in Tromso, Norway
· Paper by former MSc student Lucas Warner entitled “Seasonal variation in estuarine habitat use by native Atlantic salmon and invasive brown trout in southeast Newfoundland” has been published in Northeastern Naturalist