Dr. Craig F. Purchase

Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes

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Academic synopsis

Memorial University

        Associate Professor, Biology Department

        Cross-appointed to Dept. of Ocean Sciences

        Cross-appointed to School of Fisheries

        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




January 2017

·         Craig has been cross-appointed to the School of Fisheries at the Marine Institute. This will enable future students to take MSc or PhD programs in Fisheries Science if they choose.

·         Craig is giving a seminar at the University of Ottawa on Jan30 called “Gamete performance under natural and unnatural stress”

·         Craig has been asked to attend a workshop in Ottawa for the DFO National Contaminants Advisory Group (Feb), and the Regional Science Advisory Process for Newfoundland herring (Feb)

·         Craig has been placed on the selection committee to find a new co-chair of the Marine Fishes Subcommittee of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada

·         Brittany and Craig presented at the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research, in Montreal January 5-8


December 2016

·         Craig was voted onto the Marine Fishes sub-committee of COSEWIC for a 3rd, 4-year term


November 2016

·         Salmon spawning has begun. We have 7 fulltime and 4 part-time people from our lab, and dozens of community volunteers involved this year.


September 2016

·         Welcome to John Atkinson (PhD), Marco Graziano (PhD), Steven Poulos (MSc) and Ryan Carrow (MSc) who all started new grad programs with us


July 2016

·         Craig was interviewed by the CBC on July 7 concerning capelin spawning

·         Craig is leading a variety of field trips for the CSEE conference July 6-12

·         Welcome to Kaitlyn Tobin, who is a WISE student in the lab for the summer


June 2016

·         Brendan passed his PhD defense on June 7. Congrats from the whole lab.

·         Welcome to Laura Dawson, Ethan Armstrong and Devin Saunders, who are all undergraduates working in the lab this spring/summer.


May 2016

·         Brendan has another paper accepted for publication! It will be in Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries and is called ”In search of a cultured fish phenotype: a systematic review, meta-analysis and vote counting analysis”

·         Heather, Brittany and Craig have submitted a variety of talk titles for the upcoming Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution meeting, and the International Marine Conservation Congress meeting, but of which are happening in St. John’s this July.


April 2016

·         Congrats to Tanner on winning a MUN Science Undergraduate Research Award for summer 2016

·         Congrats to Brittany, Heather and Tanner on winning first place in the poster competition at the 9th annual Biology Graduate Student Symposium

·         Research in the lab will be ramping up in intensity starting in summer 2016 thanks to 4 new grants

o   NSERC Discovery Grant (5 years)

§  Gamete ecology in variable environments

o   Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation Grant (3 years)

§  Incubation sensitivity to winter temperatures in four DUs of Atlantic salmon in Canada

o   DFO National Contaminants Advisory Group Grant (1 year)

§   Impacts of crude oil and dispersants on capelin reproductive performance

o   Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation Grant (3 years)

§  Salmon gametes as a source for research, restocking and public education