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MSc position in Benthic habitat mapping of two Arctic Fjords
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Undergraduate

High spatial heterogeneity in the environment can lead to high biological diversity. Unfortunately, a large portion of Canada’s coastal regions have not been mapped, yet alone had their marine habitat characterised at sufficient resolutions to enable monitoring of habitat. Fjords are common geological features along our coasts which can host high habitat complexity owing to their complex topography, interaction with currents, and natural gradients in water column properties (e.g. temperature, salinity, oxygenation). Fjords can also host deep-water species many of which are slow growing taxa, particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic influences, and whose location in coastal fjords bring in closer contact to human activities. Multibeam data was collected over many years in two Arctic fjords, Southwind fjords and Pangnirtung Fjord, on Baffin Island, Nunavut, and this dataset has now been complemented by benthic video imagery collected in 2021 onboard the CCGS Amundsen. This MSc project will focus on characterizing and comparing seascapes and their biodiversity.


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