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Claudio DiBacco

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Research Scientist, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Adjunct Professor, Oceanography Department, Dalhousie University


Areas of expertise

Larval Ecology



A Population Connectivity project, PC-08: Source and supply of zooplankton and fish populations in a Marine Park

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (SSLMP) is an important feeding ground for whales, seals and seabirds, taking advantage of a high biomass of zooplankton and forage fish controlled by ecological processes occurring beyond the boundaries of the Park. This study explores to what extent zooplankton and capelin populations are controlled by local processes vs. processes acting beyond the boundaries of the SSLMP area. It assesses the connectivity of dominant zooplankton (e.g. Calanus ss.) populations between the source region, the Lower St. Lawrence Estuary, and the Marine Park and quantifies the contribution of local production to overall population stocks, using genetic markers and stable isotopes analysis. A second component determines whether capelin in the SSLMP recruit locally through larval retention or derive from other spawning sites upstream and downstream in the estuary and western Gulf, using microsatellite DNA markers and otolith elemental fingerprints.


Research Team

  • Geneviève Perrin



Phone: 902-426-9778



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