Dr. Christopher Taggart
Christopher Taggart has been Associate Professor (fisheries oceanography) in the Oceanography Department at Dalhousie University since 1995. Prior to that he was a Research Scientist with the NW Atlantic Fisheries Centre in St. John's, Nfld (1991-94); an Assistant Professor (NSERC-URF) in Oceanography at Dalhousie (1988-91); an NSERC-PDF jointly with Dal and the now defunct Marine Ecology Lab at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1986-88). He received his Ph.D (Dean's Honours) in 1986 from McGill University where he was an NSERC and McConnell Fellow and won the American Fisheries Society Student Award of Merit and the Canadian Society of Zoology's Outstanding Ph.D Thesis Award.
As a principal investigator in many small and large multi-institutional research initiatives, he conducts research with undergraduate and graduate students, Post Doctorate Fellows, and Research Assistants on physical, biochemical, genetic and ecological influences on recruitment, early life history and population structure and distribution in marine systems. His study organisms range from zooplankton to fishes and whales in systems as small as the Bay of Fundy and as large as the Coral Sea. In the last 20 years he has co-authored ~50 primary publications, ~40 research reports and documents and ~150 conference, workshop and seminar presentations of which ~50% have been either invited contributions or keynote addresses.
Key words: zooplankton, recruitment, whales, fishes, biochemistry, gentics, ecology