CDOGS Annual
Oceanography Conference
On March 18, 2016

University Hall, 3rd Floor Macdonald Bldg

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Registration is 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 11, 2016. Thank you.

Undergraduate Poster Session: Again for 2016 event, 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

Our itinerary.

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

Session 1 Early Morning
  • 8:45 - Doors open - coffee & tea
  • 9:00 - Opening remarks
  • 9:05 - Mathieu Dever

    Will Lawrencetown Beach turn into Copacabana? A look into Inter-annual variability and the 2012 warm anomaly in Nova Scotian waters

  • 9:20 - Jessica Gould

    Investigation of the Uk37’ Paleothermometer for Atlantic Ocean suspended particulate alkenones: An alternative regression model

  • 9:35 - Jacoba Mol

    Exchange of Dissolved Inorganic Carbon and Carbon Isotopes on the Beaufort Shelf

  • 9:50 - Shihan Li

    Improvement of the MOHID Oil Spill Model for Prediction of the Fate/behaviour of Oil Spills on Scotian Shelf

  • 10:05 - Krysten Rutherford

    Source or Sink? A modeling study of inorganic carbon cycling on the Scotian Shelf

  • 10:20 - Tristan Guest

    Pressure response of a sand and gravel bed to water waves

  • 10:35 - Coffee break.
Session 2 Late Morning
  • 10:45 - Haiyan Zhang

    Modeling hypoxia off the Changjiang Estuary in the East China Sea

  • 11:00 - Anne McKee

    Habitat Suitability Mapping: Separating Lobsters from Fish Pens

  • 11:15 - Jing Tao

    Variability of Particle Distribution Using Optical Measurements within the Columbia River Estuary

  • 11:30 - Hansen Johnson

    Seasonal and spatial variation in the acoustic presence of large baleen whale species on the Scotian Shelf

  • 11:45 - Anne Lombardi

    Soundscape characterization in a dynamic acoustic environment: Grand Passage, Nova Scotia, a planned in-stream tidal energy site

  • 12:00 - Jonathan Izett

    Estimating the Efficiency of Cross-Shelf Transport of Terrestrially Derived Materials in River Plumes

  • 12:15 - Lunch and Undergraduate Poster Session
Session 3 Undergraduate Poster Session
  • Cailin Burmaster

    Diving deep with Somniosus microcephalus: Inferring behaviour from satellite tag measurements of vertical movements of the Greenland Shark

  • Delphine Durette Morin

    Is what we see, what we hear? Temporal variation in right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) population indices and vocalizations measured concurrently in Roseway Basin

  • Maria Eller

    Distribution and Microhabitats of Mushroom Coral, Fungia, Recruits on Palmyra Atoll

  • Christopher Gordon

    Can carbon export in the North Atlantic Ocean be quantified by combining bio-optical Argo observations with a simple model?

  • Carolyn McKinnon

    Export Production in the Gulf of Eilat: A New Time Series of Particulate Organic Matter

  • Shannon-Morgan Steele

    Modeling mid-frequency scattering and reverberation in the northern Gulf of Mexico during the TREX13 sea trial

  • Jude van der Meer

    Modeling Optimum Culture Conditions for the synthesis of Photoprotective Carotenoids in the Chlorophytes Dunaliella viridis and D. salina

Session 4 Early Afternoon
  • 13:30 - Plenary Speaker: Dr. Marlon Lewis

    Estimation of the Past, Present and Future State of the Ocean

  • 14:00 - Justine McMillan

    3T's: Tides, Turbines and Turbulence

  • 14:15 - Stef Mellon

    Exploring the carbon isotopic composition of Ascophyllum Nodosum as a record of coastal ocean acidification

  • 14:30 - Qi Wang

    Evaluating Wind Power Input to the General Oceanic Circulation Estimated in CMIP5 Climate Models

  • 14:45 - Christoph Renkl

    The Alongshore Tilt of Mean Dynamic Topography and Implications for Nearshore Circulation

  • 15:00 - Chantelle Layton

    Baroclinic topographic Rossby waves on the Northern slope of Flemish Cap

  • 15:15 - Sebastian Haas

    Extreme low-light photosynthesis in a microbial mat from a sulfidic underwater cave

  • 15:30 - Coffee break
Session 5 Late Afternoon
  • 15:45 - Jenna Hare

    Sound Attenuation in Water-Saturated Sand at MHz Frequencies

  • 16:00 - Myriam Lacharite

    Fine-scale substrate features influence epibenthic megafaunal diversity on the deep eastern Canadian margin

  • 16:15 - Sandra Kitan

    Seasonal mortality trends for Calanus in the Northwest Atlantic: managing sampling variability and explaining regional differences

  • 16:30 - Jonathan Lemay

    Hurricane Arthur and its effect on the short term variation of pCO2

  • 16:45 - Emily Higgins

    Colonization and Early Development of Sessile Benthic Invertebrate Communities on Tropical Artificial Reef Structures

  • 17:00 - Yuan Wang

    The recipe of water entering the Laurentian Channel

  • 17:15 - Danielle Dempsey

    Identifying optimal sets of ecosystem indicators: A comparative study of data analysis methods and regional results

  • 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 Oceanography graduate students can give oral presentations.

In 2016, 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).


Location for CDOGS 2016

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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.