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Our Research

Canada’s oceans are changing, responding to natural and human threats to marine biodiversity and ocean health. Effective conservation strategies based on sustainable use of marine biodiversity resources require a strong science basis, yet our current knowledge of marine ecosystems is limited. 
CHONe addresses the need for scientific guidelines for conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity resources to sustain ocean health  by focusing on three broad Research Themes:

Marine Biodiversity

Objective: to understand how different species and groups of species  relate to habitat characteristics.

Ecosystem Function

Objective: to determine how species contribute to the way that marine ecosystems function and how this relates to ocean health and both human and natural disturbances.

Population Connectivity

Objective: to examine how dispersal of early life stages (eggs, larvae, juveniles) influences patterns of biodiversity and resilience, and how different geographic areas may represent important sources and sinks for new recruits.Male Allita virens during breeding period. During this short period, males leave their burrow, swim to release their gametes. Their color becomes blue/green.  Photo credit: Annie Séguin


This research is carried out by 65 researchers from 14  universities and multiple federal research labs across Canada. 

CHONe uses the concept of Ocean Corridors – Atlantic Discovery Corridor, Arctic Discovery Corridor, and Pacific Corridor –to focus research on ecosystems from the intertidal to the deep ocean.

For a summary of our Network Investigators' contact information and research expertise, follow this link.

Listen to Anna Metaxas talking about ocean health discussed at CHONe April 28-30, 2011 Conference.

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