Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Potential international marine ecology student collaborations focus of faculty visit

November 9th, 2017
Dr. Ricardo Scrosati (left) and Dr. Augusto Flores surveying the Nova Scotia coast

Potential international collaborations involving biology and marine ecology students was the topic of discussion at StFX last week when StFX biology professor Dr. Ricardo Scrosati hosted Dr.  Augusto Flores, a professor of marine ecology from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, to his Marine Ecology Lab.

“Dr. Flores is an expert in the ecology of marine invertebrate larvae, and his expertise will combine well with our expertise in the ecology of rocky intertidal systems,” Dr. Scrosati says.

“For a few days, we examined together some of our long-term study locations along the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia,” he says with the thoughts of future student exchanges in mind.

“We hope to collaborate on a number projects involving student co-supervisions in the upcoming years,” he says.

Following those field trips, the two drove to the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR), where they were hosted by Dr. Réjean Tremblay, who is also a marine ecologist and has overlapping research interests.  

Dr. Flores and Dr. Scrosati each gave a seminar for UQAR faculty and students.

Dr. Scrosati’s seminar discussed, on the one hand, his lab's recent findings on the ecological influence that coastal pelagic processes have on rocky intertidal organisms along the Nova Scotia coast and, on the other hand, the various nonconsumptive effects that predators have on marine prey.

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