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An ocean of opportunities

By Janelle Hrycik, CHONe Student

"Why is that so difficult to admit? With this epiphany, I began to realize that I don’t really know what my other options are. It seems that the only career paths talked about are the ones that lead back to academia, even when they are not the most numerous and are definitely not the only ones that can lead to a fulfilling career. How do I break free of the Ivory Tower?" - Janelle Hrycik

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In a “sustainable” ocean, there are many swimmers – a perspective from Canada’s next generation of ocean scientists

By Myriam Lacharite, CHONe Student

For young, early-career scientists, the path to participating in sustainable ocean management is winding. Navigating the complex realities of ocean management in Canada quickly becomes overwhelming for the enthused, but unaware and young academic. Marine scientists are now assuming new, emerging roles – from advising policy, to developing partnerships with industry, to interacting with the general public and media.

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What is Ocean Health? Developing a Canadian Ocean Health Index

By Remi Daigle, CHONe Postdoctoral Fellow; and Isabelle Côté and Phil Archambault, CHONe Researchers                 

 "A healthy ocean sustainably delivers a range of benefits to people both now and in the future. The Index evaluates the world's oceans according to 10 public goals that represent key benefits of healthy marine ecosystems." - Ocean Health Index

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In an open ocean, shouldn't open data be the norm?

By Kate Crosby, CHONe Data Manager

“Open access” and “open data” are two terms that are being more than casually tossed around of late in all science disciplines, and ocean science is no exception. I’m going to address the problem of open data in this post rather than open access (an over-arching and linked topic to open data).

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Conserving marine biodiversity - How do we move forward?

By John Roff, CHONe Science Advisor

Canada’s coastline and ocean surface area are greater than most countries, yet less than 1% of it is protected. The federal government has committed to establishing networks of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering at least 10% of our coastal and marine areas by 2020, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

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Using science to inform policy towards sustainable ocean use

Canada’s three oceans form the longest coastline of any country in the world, yet Canada’s ocean science research community is small and scattered across many institutions and laboratories, from coast to coast.

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Ocean Science in Canada

Canada’s three oceans form the longest coastline of any country in the world, yet Canada’s ocean science research community is small and scattered across many institutions and laboratories, from coast to coast.

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Canada's Oceans

Oceans world-wide are changing: warmer ocean temperatures; declining extent and thickness of sea ice; ocean acidification, as a result of carbon dioxide dissolving in the ocean; oxygen depletion in waters; changes to the food web; and declines in multiple commercial fish stocks, despite recovery efforts.

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Exploring Nova Scotia coasts by kayak

By Michelle Lloyd, CHONe Outreach Coordinator

I spent most summers exploring the oceans- from tidepools and rocky shores to mud flats and sandy beaches. I flipped rocks over searching for critters beneath – crabs, worms, snails- whatever. I felt lucky with each new discovery. I splashed in tidepools and waded through seaweeds never knowing what I would find. It wasn’t until I went to University that I had the opportunity to accompany a marine scientist to the ocean. Ocean exploration allowed me to delve deeper into the unknown. I felt like a kid again – the wonder, the awe, the excitement. I wanted to share that feeling with others, and with that ‘Seacology by Kayak’ was born.

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Tubeworms: The Fat and The Skinny

By Lara Puetz, CHONe MSc Student

Over the past year my passion and energy has been focused on understanding population connectivity of the deep sea tubeworm species, Ridgeia piscesae, within the Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area (MPA).

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The Results are Not Enough – Communication is Essential

By Heike Link, CHONe PhD Student 

"As PhD students, we are supposed to concentrate on our science. At the same time, we are often in contact with ‘real people’ while we do our fieldwork. I work in the ecology of the Arctic seafloor in Canada. When heading north, we often pass through local communities before boarding a research vessel.  What better place than Iqualuit to tell Northerners why we look at ocean mud? But we all know the feeling of lost eyes staring at our ‘Latin’ speaking lips. The skill of transferring knowledge has nothing to do with your grade in a taxonomy class – it’s all about learning how to put your message into a story that attracts your audience…. and that skill needs practice."

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Tubeworm Sampling

By Nathalie Forget, CHONe PhD Student

You’d be hard pressed to find a scientific cruise within Canadian waters that doesn’t have a CHONe student aboard.  In July 2011 CHONe students participated in the VENUS and NEPTUNE cruises aboard the R/V Thomas G. Thompson.  Nathalie Forget conducted some of her own research on the NEPTUNE leg, at the renowned Endeavour Vents Field.  Nathalie blogged about her research while cruising off the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island.

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Hudson 033 2010

The 2010 mission is the second of two explorations of the offshore portions of the Gulf of Maine Discovery Corridor, jointly funded by the Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe), National Science Research Council (NSERC), and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). Specifically, the scientific programs are undertaken by researchers and students from Dalhousie University, Memorial University, Université Laval, and University of Victoria, in collaboration with DFO researchers from DFO's Maritimes Region (Bedford Institute of Oceanography and St. Andrews Biological Station). The general objective is to increase our knowledge of the Discovery Corridor and it's species from shallow to relatively unstudied deeper depths.

The exploration will be conducted using the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Hudson, Canada's oldest operational research vessel. For those interested, please follow the links provided for more information on the CCGS Hudson's current position and weather in the area (Environment Canada Marine Forecast & NOAA's National Weather Service Marine Forecast).

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