CDOGS Annual
Oceanography Conference
On March 24, 2017

University Hall, 3rd Floor Macdonald Bldg

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registration is Now Closed

About Event

We invite you to give a presentation and attend the Conference of Dalhousie Oceanography Graduate Students (CDOGS). This is an opportunity for you to share your research and learn about the research of your peers in a friendly environment. The day will be structured in a conference style, with 15 minutes per speaker (including set-up and questions). Although only graduate students and post-docs are invited to present, we will be inviting faculty and the public to attend, including the faculty and staff of the Department of Oceanography, scientists at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography, and the general public.

Are you wondering what to talk to about? In short: whatever you want. Are you a new student? You could talk about your previous work, a class project, or ideas that may end up in your thesis proposal. Are you a world expert on photosystem II or mixed-layer turbulence? We'd also like to hear about it -- just make sure we can understand.

If you want to present, please register by submitting an abstract by March 17, 2017. Thank you.

Undergraduate Poster Session: Again in 2017, we invite undergraduate students to participate in a poster session as part of CDOGS. Any undergraduate student doing ocean-related research is welcome to submit an abstract and title for a poster they would like to present. Please register if you would like to participate.

Event Schedule

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

You can view the schedule and abstracts in our conference proceedings.

Session 1 Early Morning
  • 8:30 - Doors open - Coffee & Tea
  • 9:00 - Opening remarks
  • 9:15 - Kevin Sorochan

    Risky business: Plankton movement and encounter rates

  • 9:30 - Jessica Gould

    How Salty Was It? Investigation of a Biomarker Proxy for Paleo-Salinity

  • 9:45 - Shangfei Lin

    Performance Assessment of Wave Breaking Parameterizations over Shallow Waters in Spectral Wave Models

  • 10:00 - Sandra Kitan

    Stage duration and survivorship as emergent properties: how variation in environmental conditions and mortality influence copepod demographic patterns

  • 10:15 - Christopher Gordon

    Investigating Photoacclimation of Phytoplankton in the Gulf of Mexico using Observational and Modelling Approaches

  • 10:30 - Coffee break
Session 2 Late Morning
  • 10:45 - Irena Schulten

    Re-examination of the 1929 Grand Banks submarine landslide

  • 11:00 - Arieanna Balbar

    Population connectivity in the design of marine protected areas

  • 11:15 - Jing Tao

    Beam attenuation spectra and flocculation dynamics in an estuary

  • 11:30 - Liuquian Yu

    Simulating deep-water hydrocarbon plumes with a data-assimilative model of the Gulf of Mexico

  • 11:45 - Nadine Lehmann

    Spatial distribution of nitrate isotopes in the Western Equatorial Pacific: Sources and N transformations of subsurface nitrate

  • 12:00 - Yuan Wang

    Diagnosing the dynamics of the barotropic transport in the North Atlantic Ocean with a high-resolution circulation model

  • 12:15 - Dugald Thompson

    AUV Localization in an Underwater Acoustic Positioning System

  • 12:30 - Lorenza Raimondi

    Current Tides

  • 12:35 - Lunch and Undergraduate Poster Session
Session 3 Undergraduate Poster Session
  • Matthew Auvinen

    Performance of a low-frequency high-flow acoustic sensing array for turbulent ocean conditions

  • Caela Bialek

    Particulate carbon fluxes in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba

  • Adrienne Chan

    Modelling shifts in sediment nitrogen cycling under Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar, aquaculture cages: impacts on benthic nutrient release and recovery

  • Kelsey Desilets

    Grazers regulate early succession on coral reefs in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea

  • Carolyn McKinnon

    Exploring the Effect of Salinity on Prymnesiophyte Lipid Composition

  • Danielle Moore

    Evidence that Roseway Basin may be a unique right whale feeding habitat on the Scotian Shelf

  • Jenny Smith

    Guidelines Governing Size and Spacing in Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network Design

  • Adam White

    Sillikers: A New Standard for Grain Size Measurements?

Session 4 Early Afternoon
  • 13:45 - Plenary Speaker: Dr. Paul Hill

    There are Things Still Coming Ashore

  • 14:15 - Gennavieve Ruckdeschel

    Going with the flow: Space-time variation of euphausiid biomass in relation to water masses and bathymetry in Roseway Basin

  • 14:30 - Rui Zhang

    Treacherous journey from river to sea: Elucidating the decline of North American Atlantic salmon with a time-dependent matrix model

  • 14:45 - Danielle Denley

    New house, new rules: variation in life-history strategies can enhance invasion success of introduced species

  • 15:00 - Pengcheng Wang

    Assessing the Performance of Formulations for Nonlinear Feedback of Surface Gravity Waves on Ocean Currents over Coastal Waters

  • 15:15 - Bruce Martin

    Protecting marine life from pile driving sound using linear and additive mixed models to better describe the noise footprint

  • 15:30 - Coffee break
Session 5 Late Afternoon
  • 15:45 - Lorenza Raimondi

    An Indirect Estimate of Anthropogenic Carbon in the Labrador Sea

  • 16:00 - Angela Kuhn

    Autotrophic and heterotrophic N2 fixation in the Gulf of Aqaba, Israel: a modeling approach

  • 16:15 - Anne McKee

    Habitat Mapping of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus)

  • 16:30 - Lin Cheng

    Simultaneous DIC and δ13C-DIC measurements by coupling Apollo Scitech AS-D1 DIC analyzer and Picarro G2201-i system

  • 16:45 - Qi Wang

    Underwater Glider Measurements and Simulations of Storm-Induced Abrupt Upper Ocean Mixing

  • 17:00 - Sebastian Haas

    A ‘Nitrification Cascade’ in Bedford Basin revealed by Speciation and Isotopic Composition of Inorganic Nitrogen

  • 17:15 - Christoph Renkl

    Tilt, Tides, and Turbulence: Real-Life Struggles of an Ocean Modeller

  • 17:30 - 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 (12 min), and take questions (3 min).


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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 2 is here!
You can view the new 2016 issue of Current Tides in .pdf format. For more information, visit the Current Tides website.