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Mr. Lou Van Guelpen

Work History:

  • 1994 - present: Curator of Fishes & Collection Manager of Scott-Templeman Collection (ARC/HMSC)
  • 1984 - 1994: Collection Manager (ARC/HMSC)
  • 1982 - 1984: Ichthyoplankton Taxonomist (HMSC)
  • 1977 - 1982: Assistant Supervisor, Ichthyoplankton Laboratory (HMSC)
  • 1975 - 1977: Biologist (New Brunswick Department of Fisheries)
  • 1975 - Coastal Zone Biologist (Atlantic Resource Planners, Ltd., Fredericton, NB)

Research: taxonomy, life history, ecology, biogeography, laboratory processing procedures, and curation methods of all life stages of fishes; DNA “barcoding” of Canadian Atlantic fishes; climate change impacts on fish, invertebrate, and plant populations; regional biota lists and online information systems; biodiversity informatics

Collaborative biodiversity information activities:


  • Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada - Marine Fishes Species Specialist Subcommittee
  • General Status Assessment of Marine Fishes, DFO - pelagics, groundfish
  • Gulf of Maine Area Program of the Census of Marine Life – Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Gulf of Maine Ocean Data Partnership – member of Governing Board and Technical and Metadata committees
  • Gulf of Maine Biodiversity Discovery Corridor - Steering Committee; Systematics Working Group co-chair
  • Centre for Marine Biodiversity – founding member; Technical Committee
  • American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists - Collections Committee
  • Natural Science Collections Alliance
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections


M.Sc., 1975, Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

For more information, please email Lou Van Guelpen or contact him at the following address.

Lou Van Guelpen
Atlantic Reference Centre
Huntsman Marine Science Centre
1 Lower Campus Road
St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Canada E5B 2L7
Phone: 506-529-1203
Fax: 506-529-1212

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