October Public Lecture

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Building (SN2067) on the Memorial University campus


Dr. Craig Purchase (Department of Biology, MUN) will share some of his knowledge about capelin during his talk entitled:  “Weird sex: the unusual morphology, behaviour and gametes of capelin”


As many of you know, Craig is a fish biologist with wide-ranging interests and an entertaining ability to communicate about fish. As an evolutionary ecologist, he is interested in how organisms have adapted to their environment, as a result of interactions with individuals of their own and other species, and with abiotic conditions.  He leads research related to reproductive biology, phenotypic plasticity, local adaptation among populations, and conservation of species-at-risk.


Craig’s naturalist underpinnings were forged gardening, angling and hunting as a child in rural Newfoundland.  He is currently an editor for the journal Northeastern Naturalist, a member of the Marine Fishes subcommittee of COSEWIC, a Dobbin Scholar of the Ireland Canada University Foundation, and the 2015 President of the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research.

Leary’s Brook Clean-up

October 3, 2015, 9:00 – 11:00 am


Join friendly local volunteers from NAACAP and Nature NL for a morning spent beautifying Leary’s Brook in St. John’s! The cleanup will take place Saturday, October 3rd from 9 am-11 am. Meet at the corner of Oxen Pond Road & Baird Place; all materials, snacks, and prizes will be provided. Fresh air, a bit of exercise, and the chance to get outside into a beautiful natural spot – what better way to start your weekend? Hope to see you there!



Signals from seabirds – messages from the ocean

Public Lecture by Dr. Bill Montevecchi , Psychology Department, Memorial University


Saturday, September 26, 7:00 – 8:30 pm,

Memorial University campus, IIC-2001, Bruneau Centre for Research and Innovation


Seabirds are most visible and compelling expressions of the world’s oceans.  Their lives are shaped by the vagaries and often unforgiving challenges that the ocean presents.  Seabirds are Olympian performers in a quasi-predictable environment, and we gain new insight about marine life and the ocean by interrogating their behaviour and ecology.  Our research in the North Atlantic provides novel information about ocean climate change, fish conditions and availability, and human impacts on the sea around us.  As did aboriginal peoples, New World explorers and settlers, we look to the ocean and study the seabirds for their mystery and the information that they provide about their own well-being and ours.


Program is free and registration is not required.  Everyone is welcome.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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