Dr. Snelgrove arrived at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1996 after completing his PhD in Biological Oceanography (Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) and postdoctoral fellowships (Dalhousie University, Rutgers University). His PhD and postdoctoral work focused on regulation of sedimentary biodiversity patterns in deep-sea and coastal environments. His initial MUN appointment was an NSERC Industrial Research Junior Chair in Fisheries Conservation. His research there focused on the waters of coastal Newfoundland, and analysis of circulation, larval supply of fishes and invertebrates, and their effects on recruitment and pattern in benthic communities. In 2003 he left that position to accept a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems at MUNs Ocean Science Centre. His research in the coming years will focus on three research objectives. The first is to determine what larval timing, transport and survival can tell us about patterns of recruitment and distribution in cold ocean environments. Second, he will examine how larval settlement contributes to patterns of biodiversity in cold ocean environments, as well as what aspects of temporal and spatial variation in the natural environment influence these patterns. Finally, he will address the larger issue of whether we need to be concerned about biodiversity loss when we consider the health and functioning of the ecosystem, or whether species are largely interchangeable in terms of the roles they play.
For more information, please email Paul Snelgrove, or contact him at the following address:
Dr. Paul Snelgrove
Canada Research Chair in Boreal & Cold Ocean Systems
Ocean Sciences Centre
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland
Canada A1C 5S7