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





August 2015

·         Grant entitled “Impacts of crude oil and dispersants on capelin reproductive performance” has been funded by the National Contaminants Advisory Group of DFO.

·         Paper by Brendan entitled “Rapid morphological divergence of cultured Atlantic cod of the northwest Atlantic from their source population” has been accepted for publication by Aquaculture Environment Interactions


July 2015

·         Capelin spawning has begun and Craig is giving public Q&A sessions on reproduction for Nature NL. Follow twitter for updates

·         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.

·         Craig has been invited to give a research seminar at the University of Manitoba on November 6.


June 2015

·         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

·         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 accepted for publication by the Marine Ecology Progress Series.


May 2015

·         News from the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation that they are funding our proposal titled “Research on offspring quality of virgin/repeat spawning grilse salmon and the success of Jordan/Scotty incubators undertaken in conjunction with salmon reintroduction to Rennie’s River”. Most of the ASCF $ will be used to hire a Science Technician in fall 2015.


April 2015

·         Received news that the Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation is funding a grant proposal that Craig submitted entitled “Incubation sensitivity to winter temperatures in four DUs of Atlantic salmon in Canada”.

·         Brittany presented a paper titled “Does marine growth influence age at maturity in Atlantic salmon” to the NoWPaS salmon research network meeting in Galway Ireland


March 2015

·         Craig gave an invited River Talk for the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland on March 2

·         Aline Litt has started as a temporary technician with our group


February 2015

·         Craig has been elected to the Memorial University Senate for a 3 year term

·         Craig was interviewed by the Fisheries Broadcast (oldest continuing radio show in Canada) regarding some of our salmon research in Newfoundland and Ireland. The interview is in the 10:19-21:25 time window of the Feb 10 podcast http://www.cbc.ca/radio/podcasts/newfoundland-and-labrador/nl-fisheries-broadcast/

·         Craig is an invited expert for the DFO Regional Science Advisory Process on capelin happening Feb 3

·         Welcome to Brianna King, Tasmia Zahin and Justin Forward who join our group as undergraduate research assistants for the winter semester


January 2015

·         Craig is the 68th President of the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research. This year’s annually meeting runs January 8-11 in Ottawa

·         Brendan presented some of his PhD research in the “Aquaculture and its impacts on aquatic environments” session at CCFFR. The session was jointly chaired by Craig and Trevor Pitcher (University of Windsor)


December 2014

·         Craig spent 2 weeks in Ireland as a Dobbin Scholar of the Ireland Canada University Foundation. PhD student Brittany Palm is now at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology for 5 months to conduct a research project on salmon.

·         News piece about our salmon research was published in the Atlantic Salmon Federation Journal