• Kristina Barclay

OA News (You Could Use) May 20, 2021

Here are some of the latest happenings in the world of ocean acidification in Canada and beyond!


We've made some improvements to our Instagram!


If you follow us on Instagram, you'll know that it was a bit tricky to easily view our latest posts and updates. But no more! Now, you can quickly and easily get to all of our latest posts by clicking on the link in our bio. No more copy-pasting links into your browser!


Links in bio! We've made some improvements to our Instagram! Now you can access all of our posts by clicking on the link in our bio. Questions? Suggestions? Contact: coordinator@oceanacidification.ca

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MSc Opportunity in Ocean Acidification (OA) Research


We are looking for an MSc candidate to join our multi-disciplinary research team to examine multi-stressor impacts on juvenile shellfish. More specifically, the project will involve the following objectives:


1. Investigate impacts of coinciding climate stressors (e.g. OA, warming) on biological (e.g. growth), physiological (e.g. energetics), and genomic (e.g. gene expression) responses of juvenile shellfish.


2. Compare responses under static and variable stressor conditions to determine whether long-term exposure or acute exposure events (e.g. upwelling events, heatwaves) pose a greater threat to species’ fitness and survival.


3. Investigate whether co-culture of shellfish with macroalgae or sea cucumbers can mitigate climate change impacts and improve resiliency of the aquaculture industry.


The preferred candidate would have:

  • Experience/knowledge in wet lab plumbing and tank set up.

  • Experience/knowledge in conducting research on marine invertebrates.

  • Experience/knowledge in ocean acidification or climate change research.

  • Desire to work in a multidisciplinary team.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • A strong undergraduate track record, including an honour’s degree.

  • Good problem-solving skills and resourcefulness.

  • A positive attitude and strong work ethic.


The position would start Aug/Sep 2021. The candidate would be based at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, but the MSc degree would be through the University of Victoria. Interested applicants should send an expression of interest letter, recent CV, and undergraduate transcripts to:


Dr. Chris Pearce, Chris.Pearce@dfo-mpo.gc.ca by June 15, 2021.


New on the Blog


Scientist Spotlight: Fiona Beaty, Ph.D. Candidate (UBC)


Fiona Beaty is a Ph.D. Candidate at UBC (Zoology) studying marine ecology and conservation in the Salish Sea. She is also a National Geographic Explorer and UBC

Public Scholar. Fiona shares with us her background and research interests in

ocean acidification, as well as her interdisciplinary work to understand how coastal ecosystems and human communities are responding to global change.


Read the full post here.


Upcoming NOAA OAP Data Discovery and Access Workshop


Cross posted from the OA Information Exchange


NCEI will host a remote-only workshop this coming May to seek your feedback in terms of the Ocean Acidification Data Stewardship (OADS) Project data discovery and access interface: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/oads/stewardship/data_assets.html. The collected feedback will be used to design our new website.


The workshop will be 1 - 3PM (Eastern Time) on May 28, 2021 (Friday), with a pre-workshop assignment.


To register, please follow this link:

https://forms.gle/LuqF9a9YhxMJBBJG7 (Google Form).


In the News


“Canada’s oceans on the crest of a transformative decade”

Source: Toronto Star

Read the full article here.


New Paper of Interest


Leung, J., Chen, Y., Nagelkerken, I., Zhang, S., Xie, Z., & Connell, S. 2020. Calcifiers can Adjust Shell Building at the Nanoscale to Resist Ocean Acidification. Small, 16:2003186.

https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202003186

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