October 25, 2019

News and Updates

OFI Module I - Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean
Call for papers
Frontiers in Marine Science Special Issue
Managing for the Future: Understanding the Relative Roles of Climate and Fishing on Structure and Dynamics of Marine Ecosystems
Many continental shelf ecosystems support high-value fisheries with a long history of exploitation. The management and monitoring of these ecosystems in many regions has produced a substantial database on their structure and functioning and led to the development of policies for their sustainable use. Yet despite this, we still have limited understanding of ecosystem variability, species and ecosystem responses to change, and this may be mediated by climate change. Some ecosystems that ostensibly appear very similar can respond quite differently to pressures such as fishing and climate change. Understanding how these drivers, singly and in combination, affect stock size, production, and energy flow through the system will provide insight into the commonalities and differences of the underlying mechanisms of observed ecosystem changes. This is critical both to understand system response to the various drivers, but also to project response to new stressors, to develop future scenarios and to manage for the future. Developing this understanding requires a combination of data compilation, novel analytical approaches, and ecological modelling.

We invite papers that explore marine ecosystem variability and the relative roles of environment, climate, fishing and trophic dynamics in marine ecosystems and implications for future management. These questions can be addressed at the individual ecosystem level and through comparative process studies, and should:
  • explore ecosystem variability over time and space
  • explore the major linkages, interactions and dependencies between and within human and ocean systems explore ecosystem variability over time and space
  • use novel analytical techniques to explore these questions
  • explore the combined effects of fishing and global change
  • provide insight into how these dynamics can help inform sustainable management strategies
Finally, we propose to address the following question: "What is limiting our understanding of ecosystem variability? Implications for fisheries management." Submit your abstract by October 31, 2019. Submit your manuscript by April 30, 2020.
Submit abstract
Call for applications 
Ocean Frontier Institute Seed Fund 
Applications now open
The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) has launched a call for proposals under the Seed Fund program. Small grants ($10-$15K, exceptionally up to $30K) are available for innovative projects that have the potential to advance research, commercial or social concepts relating to the ocean. For example: 
  • conducting preliminary ocean research or feasibility studies
  • testing new approaches or developing prototypes that advance marine science
  • developing a new concept, idea, or opportunity in support of ocean sustainability 
The  ideas or concepts must show clear promise of leading to future opportunities of high commercial, research, or social relevance, which are likely to be completed during the award period (12 months).

Applications are welcomed from current faculty, students and post docs at Dalhousie University and/or Memorial University who are conducting research related to OFI priorities. The fund cannot be used to supplement OFI's large research projects currently under way. Apply by October 28, 2019.

Apply now
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Gender Equity and Excellence through Leadership, University of Guelph 
The University of Guelph is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellow (PDF) to pursue an innovative research opportunity at the intersection of equity, gender and work, organizational change and leadership. As part of building an inclusive campus, the University of Guelph is pursuing a strategy to advance the status of all women on campus with a particular focus on supporting women to pursue leadership roles. Working with an advisory group and under the direction of Belinda Leach and Charlotte Yates, the PDF will provide research and administrative support for this strategy.

Academic Requirements: A PhD in any discipline with research interests that include some of the following areas: feminist theory, gender, labour markets, work and occupations, leadership, intersectionality, and/or organizational change. Strong qualitative and quantitative methodological skills are an asset, as is knowledge of and experience with innovative knowledge-sharing methods and strategies for making organizational change. Must be able to work as part of a team with students, staff and faculty from diverse campus communities.

Apply now
Upcoming events
'Fixing your Gaze on the Sea': Talk by Dr. Firouz Gaini, University of the Faroe Islands
October 28, 2019 | 03:30 - 05:00 p.m. | Nexus Centre (SN4022) | Memorial University | St. John's, NL 
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Public talk by OFI Module I Ph.D. student
October 30, 2019 | 12:30 - 01:30 p.m. | Memorial University Grenfell campus | Corner Brook, NL
Join OFI Module I Ph.D student Monica Engel for the public talk 'People and the Ocean: Investigating Newfoundlander's Relationship with the Ocean' about her ongoing research as part of sub-module I-3 on 'Perceptions, Values and Knowledge'. She will discuss Newfoundlander’s connection to the ocean, their concerns and hopes. The event organized by ACAP Humber Arm and is part of the Coastal Matters speaker series, which was launched in 2007 and draws speakers from across Atlantic Canada to speak on environmental issues relevant to western NL. It is open to the public, free of charge, and always includes a Q&A session.
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Ocean Frontier Institute Researchers' Workshop 
November 12-14, 2019 | Sheraton Hotel | St. John's, NL 
The OFI Researchers' Workshop for OFI faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students will take place from November 12-14 in St. John's, NL, at the Sheraton Hotel. Module I leads will be presenting on November 13, 2019, from 09:45-10:00 am and our HQPs will be displaying posters on their ongoing research. You will also find our Module I 'Show & Tell' information booth at the event. Click below for the tentative agenda.
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International Coldwater Prawn Forum 2019
November 14, 2019 | Sheraton Hotel | St. John's, NL 
The ICWPF offers a unique opportunity to all stakeholders to get an updated status of cold water prawns. The forum brings together professionals, specialists and traders in the industry to share information and ideas regarding resources, production, opportunities, challenges and market developments.

The objective of the conference taking place in St. John’s on November 14th is to promote opportunities and benefits in cold water prawns by offering a wide international perspective and great networking opportunities. 

Reasons to attend:
  • Gain the latest insights on markets of cold water prawns
  • Identify opportunities in emerging markets
  • Examine the effect of climate change on cold water prawns
  • Learn about how to increase the cold water prawn category
  • Enjoy networking opportunities
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Webinar on 'Improving your impact: Guidelines for doing science that influences policy and management'
December 3, 2019 | 02:30 PM (NDT) | Online 
with Jon Fisher, The Pew Charitable Trust
This webinar on ''Improving your impact: Guidelines for doing science that influences policy and management'is co-sponsored by OCTO (OpenChannels, The Skimmer, MPA News, EBM Tools Network)Scientists devote substantial time and resources to research to help solve environmental problems. And managers and policy makers must decide which actions will lead to desired environmental outcomes, based on the best-available evidence. Yet decision-makers frequently do not use much of this evidence. They may be unaware of it, lack access to it, not understand it, or view it as irrelevant. As a result, research intended to be applied often remains unused. In this webinar we outline a set of practical steps to improve the impact of science on decision making. These steps were developed from a review of the scientific literature on this topic and the input and experiences of numerous professionals in the field. The steps can be challenging to implement but should translate into science being used to inform environmental and conservation decisions more frequently. We will leave time for and welcome discussion and feedback from webinar participants.
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