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Science Atlantic Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology 2017 conference at StFX draws large crowd; StFX student places third

March 22nd, 2017
Pictured are StFX attendees at the Science Atlantic Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology 2017 conference hosted at StFX

StFX biology student Rowan Murphy took home third place for undergraduates in the Oral Presentation - Biology category as StFX recently hosted over 170 student and faculty participants at the Science Atlantic Aquaculture & Fisheries and Biology 2017 conference.

The annual student conference, held this year at StFX from March 10-12, celebrates students working on research in biology, aquaculture and fisheries.

Ms. Murphy, who is supervised by biology professor Dr. Cory Bishop, received the award for her presentation, entitled, “Testing the horizontal transmission hypothesis in a green alga - spotted salamander symbiosis.”

The conference drew faculty and students from all institutions throughout the Atlantic Provinces, and featured oral and poster presentations by students, keynote speakers, and awards for the best student posters and presentations.

In all, 80 students participated in poster and oral presentations, including five StFX students: Emil Jurga - Biology Oral Presentation; Rowan Murphy - Biology Oral Presentation (third place); Ellen Doohan - Biology Poster Presentation; Zach Sherker - Aquaculture & Fisheries Oral Presentation; and Cassia Tremblay - Aquaculture & Fisheries Oral Presentation.

Katelyn MacNeil, conference coordinator, says the event is a valuable experience for participants.

“Students gain the experience to present their work to a wider audience, practice for research and they get to see what students are researching at other universities,” she says.

StFX last hosted this Atlantic conference 12 years ago. 

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