Division of
Natural and Applied Sciences

M.SC. POSITION TO STUDY JUVENILE LOBSTER BEHAVIOUR

*Interested in aquatic animal behaviour, with practical implications for  sustainable fisheries and marine conservation?  

*Interested in building expertise in a range of techniques, including  field work (snorkeling or SCUBA), Remotely Operated Vehicle use, and  machine-learning-assisted video analysis of behavioural observations? 
 
https://wyethlab.ca/2023/02/24/m-sc-position-to-study-juvenile-lobster-behaviour/ 
 
Dr. Russell Wyeth in the Biology Department at St. Francis Xavier  University (StFX) is accepting applications for an MSc student to start  Jan or May 2024. 
 
Our research is focused on building a more detailed understanding of  juvenile American Lobster behaviour. We have developed tripod-mounted  underwater camera systems that are effective at recording lobster  behaviours in their natural habitat. The cameras provide unprecedented  detail over durations far longer (up to 9 h of recording time) than has  been achieved in past studies via SCUBA or other methods.  To date, we  have focused on foraging behaviours of adult lobsters.  Our goal now is  to shift our focus to juvenile lobsters behaviour and behavioural  ecology. Additional observations are planned using a Remotely Operated  Vehicle (ROV). 
 
Our primary goal is to establish a baseline data set of juvenile lobster  behaviour.  The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has recently created  a series of marine protected areas in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.  The Scallop Buffer Zones exclude scallop dragging, and are designed to  protect juvenile lobster habitat. Our behavioural work will establish a  baseline for on-going monitoring of juvenile lobsters into the future.  The behavioural data will be combined with additional population density  surveys to assess the effectiveness of the marine protected areas, to  help manage the lobster fishery, and to monitor the possible effects of  climate change on the lobster population. 
 
For further information or to apply, contact Dr. Russell Wyeth:  
rwyeth@stfx.ca 
 
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Russell Wyeth 
Biology, St Francis Xavier University 
P.O. Box 5000 Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 Canada 
Shipping: 2321 Notre Dame Ave. Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5 Canada 
http://wyethlab.ca 
Ph: 9028673886 Fx: 9028672389 
Cell: 9023180250 
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrRCWyeth