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
· 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
· 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.
· 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.
· 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.
· 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
· 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
· 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
· 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)
· 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