Conference of Dalhousie Oceanography Students
Annual Conference
On Friday March 22, 2019

McInnes Room, Student Union Building

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

About the Event

CDOGS 2019 is now finished and was another very successful edition. Thank you all for those 21 fascinating student presentations, this mind-blowing plenary session from Dr. Katja Fennel and those 4 amazing posters! And thank you to all who attended the conference, as well as to our precious sponsors!

Prizes were awarded to students for the best presentations:

  • Best Overall (tie):
    • PhD: Krysten Rutherford
    • MSc: Conrad Pratt
  • Best PhD: Benjamin Richaud
  • Best MSc: Chris Gordon
  • Best BSc poster:
    • Jonathan Coyne
    • Runner-up: Stephanie Robertson-Kempton

We are eager to see you next year for another great edition.

Event Schedule

Reminder: Speakers are given 15 minutes per talk, including set up, presenting, and questions.

  • 2019 Abstract Book Available Here
  • Session 1 Early Morning
    • 8:30 - Doors open - Coffee & Tea
    • 9:00 - Opening remarks
    • 9:15 -Tristan Guest

      Rolling stones: cobble transport dynamics on a mixed sediment substrate

    • 9:30 -Ian Hay

      Measuring benthic intermediate scale roughness using Structure-from-Motion-Photogrammetry

    • 9:45 -Calder Robinson

      Mapping natural, coastal, ambient noise

    • 10:00 -Fernando N.C. Sobral

      Towards a regional model for the Labrador coast and shelf

    • 10:15 -Colin Hughes

      The impact of wave-current interactions on the vertical mixing in the upper ocean under idealized hurricane conditions

    • 10:30 -Christoph Renkl

      The Madden-Julian Oscillation as a Source of S2S Predictability of North-Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature

    Session 2 Late Morning
    • 11:00 -Yuan Wang

      The role of tidal impact on the seasonal variability over the eastern Canadian shelf

    • 11:15 -Benjamin Richaud

      Project of analyses of trends, sub-seasonal to interannual variability and extreme events in the Arctic Ocean from a physics-ice-biogeochemistry model

    • 11:30 -Sebastian Haas

      The Implications of Nitrogen Fixation in the High-Nitrogen-Low-Phosphorus Water Column of a Stratified Lake

    • 11:45 -Bin Wang

      Tradeoffs between satellite surface and Argo profile observations when optimizing a biogeochemical model for the Gulf of Mexico

    • 12:00 -Ricardo Arruda Monteiro da Silva

      At-Sea Intercomparison of Equilibrator-type Underway pCO$_{2}$ system

    Session 3 Undergraduate Poster Session
    • Tor Kitching

      A New Protein Mass Spectrometry-Based Method For Phytoplankton Abundance Assessments Applied On The Scotian Shelf

    • Jonathan Coyne

      Trends and Variability in Marine Heatwaves off of Coastal British Columbia

    • Stephanie Robertson Kempton

      Using grain size parameters to resolve sediment transport pathways in the Bay of Fundy

    • Adam C. Stoer

      Estimating particulate carbon on the Scotian Shelf from remotely-sensed measurements of particle backscatter

    Session 4 Early Afternoon
    • 13:30 - General Remarks

      General Remarks

    • 13:45 - Plenary Speaker: Dr. Katja Fennel

      Controls on coastal hypoxia: A global synthesis and selected case studies

    • 14:15 -Krysten Rutherford

      Shifting circulation under a changing climate: Biogeochemical impacts in the northwest North Atlantic

    • 14:30 -Christopher Gordon

      Elucidating Drivers of Surface Variations in Dissolved Oxygen Observed by Profiling Floats in the Gulf of Mexico

    • 14:45 -Conrad Pratt

      Climate change, invasive species, and the fate of kelp beds in Atlantic Canada

    • 15:00 -Caitlin Stockwell

      Determining the effects of oxygen supplementation on cultured salmon behavior using acoustic telemetry

    • 15:15 -Sarah Natasha de Mendonça

      Conserving the deep sea: a spatial analysis of deep-sea epibenthic megafauna in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

    • 15:30 -Meredith Burke

      Precision fish farming: Using Real-Time Sensors for Improved Salmon Aquaculture Management

    Session 5 Late Afternoon
    • 16:00 -Xiaowei Chen

      Tide driven microbial dynamics through virus-host interactions in the estuarine ecosystem

    • 16:15 -Hansen Johnson

      Estimating uncertainty in right whale location following visual or acoustic detection

    • 16:30 -Delphine Durette-Morin

      Mapping North Atlantic right whale distribution using passive acoustic monitoring in Canada

    • 16:45 -Chen Hu

      Seasonal and spatial comparisons of protozoan grazing and viral lysis impact on high and low nucleic acid prokaryote along a transect in the South China Sea

    Closing Remarks
    • 17:00 ish - Voting for Best Talk, Poster, CMOS award for Best Overall Talk
    • 17:30 ish - Closing Remarks


    Thank you to all of this year's CDOGS sponsors!


    Commonly asked questions about the event.

    Anyone can attend the event. However, seating can be limited, so arriving early is best.

    Only graduate students studying subjects relating to Oceanography can give oral presentations. However, preference for presentations will be given to graduate students within the Oceanography department.

    If you are not an Oceanography graduate student but would still like to present, we are including a poster session for undergraduate students in Oceanography and other related programs.

    Complimentary coffee/tea and snacks will be available, and lunch will be provided during the intermission.

    With current limitations, you must input your abstract following LaTex syntax. This includes the use of \begin{equation}...\end{equation} or $$...$$ notation. If you need assistance, refer to the following documentation.

    Refering back to question 4, you must use LaTex syntax to accomplish formatting. For italicized text you may use \textit{...} or \emph{...}. For bold text you may use \textbf{...}. For more complex formatting, refer to the following documentation.

    Formats such as .ppt, .pptx, and .pdf are the most common. Both a Mac and a PC will be available at the conference. Ask the organizers to load your presentation on the corresponding one to avoid incompatibilities.

    Other formats are also welcome, but please consider potential limitations. For example, if you are using prezi, download an offline version of your presentation and do not depend on the internet connection on the site.

    All attendees can vote for the "best overall talk" - CMOS prize. Only students can vote for the best MSc. and PhD. talks, and the best undergraduate poster.

    To fit within the poster display at the event, posters need to be 1.2m x 1.2m (47" x 47") or smaller.

    Each speaker is assigned a 15 minute slot to give their talk. This includes the time you will need to give your talk (10 min), and take questions (5 min).


    Location for CDOGS 2019

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    Conference Proceedings

    Current Tides

    Current Tides is the research magazine published (first in 2014) by the Dalhousie Oceanography Student Association (DOSA). It contains articles written and edited by oceanography graduate students, and details their current research in a style accessible to both scientists and non-scientists. It is distributed to universities with a strong connection to ocean sciences, as well as to visiting scientists, and at ocean sciences related conferences and meetings.

    Current Tides Volume 3 is here!
    You can view the new 2018 issue of Current Tides in .pdf format. For more information, visit the Current Tides website.