The current Executive was elected at the previous Annual General Meeting on May 14th, 2021 during our virtual conference.
Allen D. Beck
Allen is a coastal marine ecologist studying snails communities in salt marshes. He completed is BSc and is now a masters student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Allen's thesis focuses on the role of the marine pulmonate snail, Melampus bidentatus, in salt marshes in Maritime Canada.
Department of Biology
University of New Brunswick
Dr. Jeff Clements
Jeff is a Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Gulf Region) in Moncton, NB. A born and bred Cape Bretoner, Jeff received his BSc from CBU in 2011 and his PhD from UNBSJ in 2016. He conducted numerous postdocs, both regionally (DFO, UPEI) and abroad (Norway), before returning to Atlantic Canada in 2019. Jeff’s research focuses on how biotic and abiotic factors (both natural and anthropogenic) influence marine animal behaviour and ecophysiology, determining the proximate mechanisms mediating such influences, and elucidating functional ramifications at organismal, population, and community scales. His research questions tend to span the fundamental-applied research continuum, contributing to basic biological understanding and being applied to fisheries and aquaculture.
Gavin Manson is a coastal geoscientist with the Geological Survey of Canada. He gained his B.Sc from the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria in 1995, his M.Sc from the Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University in 1999, and is completing his Ph.D with the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. Manson has a habit of taking a really long time to complete a university degree. During his 25 year (and counting) career Manson has worked on all three of Canada's marine coasts. His research provides information that helps coastal Canadians understand the physical processes that affect where they live. To provide this information, Manson uses nearshore sediment transport models, GIS and remote sensing technologies, and nearshore instrument moorings. Manson collaborates now with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, Transport Canada, the Alfred Wegener Institute in Potsdam, and several Canadian and international universities and colleges.
Marine Environmental Geoscience
Matt is currently an MSc Candidate in the Department of Biology at Acadia University studying population genomics of the Atlantic Sea Cucumber (Cucumaria frondosa). He also holds a BSc (Honours) in Biology from Cape Breton University. While technically still in the student stage, Matt has worked on a number of projects and species including hydroids, freshwater molluscs, Waved Whelk, and even some fish. You could probably get away with calling him a "gene jockey."
Gail Chmura is a Professor in the Geography Department at McGill University in Montreal, past Director of Quebec’s Global Environment and Climate Change Centre. Gail started her coastal career working for the Rhode Island Coastal Zone Management Council. Since then she has conducted research on tidal wetlands along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts; and over a wide range of latitudes, from Hudson Bay to the Gulf of Mexico. As a Fulbright Scholar she conducted research at the Netherlands Institute for Sea Research; through a US National Research Council Fellow conducted research at the US EPA National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, Atlantic Ecology Division; and as a National Sea Grant Fellow served as a legislative aide to the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on “Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and the Environment”. Recently, she was a lead author of the Coastal Wetlands chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) publication Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories: Wetlands. Gail has published over 60 articles and book chapters covering topics such as tidal marsh response to sea level change, impacts of climate change and human perturbations on coastal ecosystems, and ecosystem services of natural and recovering salt marshes. Her present research is largely focused on blue carbon with projects on assessment of soil carbon stocks and rates as well as greenhouse gases fluxes in salt marshes. She has degrees from Louisiana State University (Ph.D. Marine Sciences), the University of Rhode Island (M.S. Plant and Soil Science) and the University of Massachusetts (B.S. Wildlife Biology).
Department of Geography
Brittney (she/her) recently started her PhD in Applied Science at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. She holds a BSc from McGill University and a MSc from St. Francis Xavier University. While at St. FX, she investigated the biogeochemical controls of nitrous oxide emissions in Prince Edward Island salt marshes. Building on this experience, her PhD will explore the biogeochemical processes underlying carbon sequestration in restored salt marshes along the Bay of Fundy.
Andre St. Hilaire (U du Quebec), Mark Hanson (DFO-Moncton), Sylvie St. Jean (now Jacques Whitford Consultants), Simon Courtenay (UNB, CRI, DFO), Katherine Jones (CBU), Melisa Wong (DFO-BIO), Gail Chmura (McGill), Bruce Hatcher (CBU), Allen Beck (UNB/Clean Foundation)
Benoit Lalonde (Environment Canada), Timothy Rawlings (CBU), Dawn Sephton (DFO), Aruna Jayawardane (Maliseet Nation Conservation Council), Lydia Ross (COINAtlantic)
Wayne Fairchild (DFO-Moncton), Gavin Manson (NRCan), Sheridan Thompson (MUN)
Members at Large
Timothy Rawlings (CBU), Gary Bugden (DFO-BIO), Michael van den Heuvel (UPEI), Heather Hunt (UNBSJ), Mike Dowd (Dal), Jon Grant (Dalhousie), Aruna Jayawardane (Maliseet Nation Conservation Council), Jeff Clements (UNB), Scott Hatcher (B.W. Geospatial)
Student Members at Large
Stephen Cole, Sylvia Dove, Megan Finley, Michael Sweezey, Jared Tomie, Mike Brown (Dal), Jeff Clements (UNB), Andrea Price (McGill), Mike Coffin (UPEI), Spencer Virgin (UNB), Allen Beck (UNB), Emily Paton (UNB), Matt Penney (Acadia)