Conference of Dalhousie Oceanography Students
Annual Conference
On Friday March 23, 2018

McInnes Room, Student Union Building

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

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.

Registration for this year is now closed. Thank you!

Undergraduate Poster Session: This year we have 12 undergraduate students participating in a poster session as part of CDOGS. Come by at lunch to see their exciting work.

Event Schedule

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

  • 2018 Abstract Book Available Here
  • Session 1 Early Morning
    • 8:30 - Doors open - Coffee & Tea
    • 9:00 - Opening remarks
    • 9:15 - Colleen Wilson

      Wave-Current-Turbulence Interactions in a High-Flow Tidal Channel

    • 9:30 - Colin Hughes

      Surface Wave Effects on the Wind-Power Input to Mixed Layer Near-Inertial Motions

    • 9:45 - Pengcheng Wang

      Tidal Modulations of Surface Gravity Waves in the Gulf of Maine

    • 10:00 - Meg K. Carr

      Reducing vessel strike risk to North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

    • 10:15 - Bin Wang

      A data-assimilative physical-biogeochemical model for the Gulf of Mexico

    • 10:30 - Coffee break
    Session 2 Late Morning
    • 10:45 - Christoph Renkl

      A First Step Toward Downscaling Subseasonal Predictions of Ocean Extremes

    • 11:00 - Krysten Rutherford

      Elucidating carbon transport mechanisms that drive air-sea CO2 fluxes on continental shelves: A numerical modeling study for the Scotian Shelf

    • 11:15 - Wanying Ji

      Inorganic Carbon Cycling in Scotian Shelf waters

    • 11:30 - Tristan Guest

      Timescales of beach cusp evolution on a megatidal mixed sand-gravel beach

    • 11:45 - Jing Tao

      Variability of Turbidity and Sea Surface Temperature from Landsat 8 Imagery within the Columbia River Estuary

    • 12:00 - Lunch, Poster and Networking
    Session 3 Undergraduate Poster Session
    • Chantal Mears

      Using 226Ra and 228Ra isotopes to distinguish water mass distribution in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago

    • Connor Masatoshi Yamamoto

      Testing glucose supplements and UV-C treatment to stimulate growth rates of the green alga Tetraselmis suecica

    • Ariel Greenblat

      A High Resolution Record of Sediment Deposition in the Gulf of Aqaba during the last 4000 years

    • Faelan Prentice

      Marine Animal Biomass Shifts Under 21st Century Climate Change in Canada’s Three Oceans

    • Jaimie Harbin

      Determining the Optimal Nitrate Concentration and Time of Day for Maximal Growth of Laminaria saccharina

    • Lachlan Riehl

      Particulate Organic Carbon Fluxes in the Gulf of Aqaba: Does the Martin Curve Accurately Describe the Observations?

    • James Francis Hart Koepke

      From Farming to Fallowing: Marine Benthic Sediment Health and Recovery Rates Below a Finfish Aquaculture Lease in Shelburne, Nova Scotia

    • Shona MacDonald

      Controls on Nitrification in the Surface Ocean

    • Kitty Kam

      Terrestrial and Oceanographic Forcing of Seacliff Erosion in a Macrotidal Estuary

    • Calder Robinson

      SPIRITed seas; inferring sea surface roughness with a custom built sensor

    • Bronwen Rowe

      Organic Carbon deposition in the Labrador Shelf over the Common era

    • Ciara Willis

      Temporal and Spatial Trends in Microbial Plankton Communities of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Influence of Methodology on Perceived Diversity

    Session 4 Early Afternoon
    • 13:30 - General Remarks

      General Remarks

    • 13:45 - Plenary Speaker: Dr. Boris Worm

      From ocean science to ocean literacy: a personal perspective

    • 14:15 - Jean-Pierre Auclair

      Dynamical modeling of the marginal ice zone: a process study in one dimension

    • 14:30 - Yi Sui

      Numerical Study of the strom-induced circulation in the South China Sea during typhoon Linfa using a nested-grid ocean model

    • 14:45 - Stephen Finnis

      Spatiotemporal patterns of paralytic shellfish toxins and their relationships with environmental variables in British Columbia, Canada from 2002 to 2012

    • 15:00 - Shangfei Lin

      Assessment of wind input and wave dissipation parameterizations in a spectral wave model under hurricane conditions

    • 15:15 - Meghan Troup

      An Autonomous Hovercraft for Bathymetric Surveying in Shallow Waters

    • 15:30 - Coffee break
    Session 5 Late Afternoon
    • 15:45 - Maxime Miron-Morin

      Shallow water ray-tracing and measured channel estimation comparison

    • 16:00 - Erin McKee

      Reconstruction and Meta-analysis of Ocean Climate Variability at Ocean Station Papa

    • 16:15 - Qi Wang

      Surface wave effects on the upper ocean responses to moving storms

    • 16:30 - Ian Hay

      Quantifying coastal cliff erosion using Structure-from-Motion photogrammetry in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia

    Closing Remarks
    • 17:00 ish - Voting for Best Talk, Poster, CMOS award for Best Overall Talk
    • 17:15 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 2018

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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.