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Ashley Holmes (MSc Candidate, UNBSJ)

I am currently an MSc. Biology student at the University of New Brunswick , Saint John, and I am also working part time as a research assistant for the Centre for Marine Biodiversity. 


I graduated with my BSc. in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Guelph in 2003. Upon the completion of my undergraduate degree, I was awarded an internship at the Atlantic Reference Centre in St. Andrews, New Brunswick , which focused on the identification of benthic invertebrates found within the soft sediments of Grand Manan Basin. I was introduced to field collection and laboratory processing of samples, as well as the compilation of metadata.


I am currently studying the benthic invertebrate community structure of the deep water soft bottom sediments of the Gulf of Maine’s Jordan Basin. I was fortunate enough to collect video-grab samples from Jordan Basin aboard the 2005 Discovery Cruise, with the help of many DFO and CMB members. My thesis focuses on: i) the community structure and biodiversity of the benthic macrofauna found within the deep water soft bottom sediments of Jordan Basin, ii) correlating the community structure patterns to sediment characteristics, iii) comparing the biodiversity found within these deepwater sediments to the known biodiversity of the Gulf of Maine, and iv) looking at the possible use of Rapid Biodiversity Assessment (RBA) techniques within the Gulf of Maine.


For more information Please contact Ashley at the address below:


Ashley Holmes
Research Assistant
Centre for Marine Biodiversity
St. Andrews Biological Station
531 Brandy Cove Road
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
E5B 2L9

Tel.: (506) 529-5939


To date, I have presented my MSc. findings at the following conferences/workshops:


  • 7th Bay of Fundy Science Workshop, St. Andrews, NB, Oct. 24-27, 2006.


  • Biodiversity Discovery Corridor Workshop, St. Andrews, NB, Feb. 28 – Mar. 2, 2007.


  • Gulf of Maine Symposium— Advancing Ecosystem Research for the Future of the Gulf, St. Andrews, NB, October 4-9, 2009.

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