Annual Conference
of Dalhousie Oceanography Graduate Students
On Friday March 22, 2024

McInnes room, Student Union Building

Dalhousie University

Halifax, Nova Scotia

About the Event

You are invited to participate in and attend the Conference of Dalhousie Oceanography Graduate Students (CDOGS). This is an annual, student-run conference dedicated to showcasing the ground-breaking research being conducted by oceanography students at Dalhousie. This one-day event is the prime occasion for oceanography graduate students and postdocs to share their research through oral presentations and for undergraduate Honours students to present their theses as posters. The public along with fellow faculty members, ocean scientists, and industry representatives are cordially invited to attend the conference, ask questions and network with our aspiring cohort of young professionals. We look forward to hosting you for this special occasion.

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission for this year's conference is now closed. If you have submitted an abstract, you must also fill out the registration form.

Any questions regarding the online submission process should be addressed to


Registration for this year's conference is now open. Registration will remain open up to and including the day of the conference.

As always, CDOGS is free of charge.


Event Schedule

CDOGS 2024 Schedule & Abstract Book

Session 1 Early Morning
  • 9:10 - Opening Remarks
  • 9:25 - Dylan Seidler

    iKaluk: An Overview of Arctic char Fishery in Nunatsiavut to Support Inuit Food Security

  • 9:40 - Claire Haar

    Assessing processes of physical change and recovery of benthic ecosystems in active bottom-contact fishing zones: A case study of the Banquereau Bank Arctic surfclam fishery

  • 9:55 - Kit Tymoshuk

    Using gametophyte cultures to maximize the Sugar kelp (Saccharina latissima) growing season in Nova Scotia

  • 10:05 - Adam White

    Labrador Current on-shelf Variability over the Holocene

  • 10:20 - Morning Coffee + Snack Break

    Coffee and light pastries provided

Session 2 Late Morning
  • 10:45 - Kevan Merrow

    Stoichiometric analysis of zooplankton-phytoplankton interactions in the Pacific Ocean

  • 11:00 - Rhyl Frith

    Does the Gulf of St. Lawrence have enough food to support North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis)?

  • 11:15 - Caitlin Huard

    Investigating borealization in known foraging grounds of the Eastern Canada-West Greenland Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus; ᐊᕐᕕᒃ)

  • 11:30 - Lina Garcia-Suarez

    Circulation changes are projected to lead to a decline in productivity on the northwest North Atlantic shelf

  • 11:45 - Adam Stoer

    Carbon-centric dynamics of Earth’s marine phytoplankton

  • 12:00 - Opportunities in Ocean Science: Presented by OFI
Sponsor Booths & Networking Lunch Break
  • 12:10 - Sponsor Booths:

     - CMOS

     - OFI

     - RBR

     - OTN

     - Planetary Technologies

  • Lunch and beverages provided.

Session 3 Early Afternoon
  • 13:15 - Plenary Speaker: Dr. Carly Buchwald


  • 13:45 - Qiantong Pei

    Storm-Induced Hydrodynamic Changes and Wave-Current Interaction over the Southeastern Canadian Shelf during Hurricane Fiona

  • 14:00 - Ajatshatru Balaji

    On Wave-generated Sea-spray Aerosols in the Bedford Basin

  • 14:10 - Yucheng Zi

    Roles of Planetary Waves during Fast and Slow Sudden Stratospheric Warming Events

  • 14:25 - Kamden Thebeau

    Localizing North Atlantic Right Whales Using a Deformable Sonobuoy Grid

Session 4 Poster Session & Coffee + Snack Break
    • 14:40 - Start of Poster Session & Break

      Snacks and Beverages provided

    • Ainhoa Fournier

      Testing the tests: analysing and developing methods of characterizing phenotypes of Saccharina latissima in Nova Scotia, Canada

    • Anna Victor

      Sensor Response Corrections for RBR Argo CTDs

    • Daniel Ng

      Mapping benthic habitats of the Bras d’Or Lake / Pitu’paq, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

    • Emile Weber

      Nutrient Budget Assessment of the Bedford Basin: 2002 to 2022

    • Gwenyth Logan

      Improving Sound Mapping Methods Using Data Assimilation in the Strait of Georgia

    • Jacob MacDonald

      Mechanistic Breakdown of Bedford Basin Intrusion Events Using a High-Resolution Regional Model

    • Kate Metcalfe

      Mapping Lobster Habitat in the Northumberland Strait

    • Lara Mitchell

      Optimizing nutrient delivery and sterilization techniques and improving the methods for monitoring nutrient consumption throughout the hatchery season for Saccharina latissima

    • Mackenzie Burke

      Effects of acute simulated Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement on natural phytoplankton assemblages in the North Atlantic Ocean

    • Maija McGraw

      The Elemental Stoichiometry of Mesozooplankton Taxa in the Labrador Sea

    • Michael Solomon

      Site Suitability for Kelp Aquaculture in Nova Scotia using Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis

    • Nicole Neriuoka

      A Climatology of Polynyas Along the Labrador Coast and Shelf Region

Session 5 Late Afternoon
  • 15:25 - Emma Taniguchi

    Quantifying blue carbon storage in eelgrass beds: Combining sediment analyses with geospatial mapping on the Nova Scotian coast

  • 15:40 - Haley Geizer

    Investigating benthic-pelagic carbon remineralization overlaying the southernmost documented permafrost unit and possible impacts of rising temperatures

  • 15:55 - Nina Golombek

    Uniform δ15NAA signatures of sedimentary organic nitrogen imply common mode of preservation

  • 16:10 - Britton Depmsey

    Constraining recycled production and δ15NNH4 using δ15NPN during the dissipation of a Phaeocystis bloom in the Labrador Sea

  • 16:25 - Zack Whitworth

    Modelling Fixed Nitrogen in the Bedford Basin

  • 16:35 - Break & Voting
  • 16:50 - Awards & Closing Remarks
Post-Conference Reception
  • 17:30 - Reception:

    Located in Bev Myers Room (224) across the lobby from main conference room.

    Bar service will be available (purchase required), along with complimentary pizza.

  • 19+ only event

2024 Sponsors

Thank you to all our CDOGS sponsors for 2024!


Commonly asked questions about the event.

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

Only graduate students and post-docs studying subjects relating to Oceanography can give oral presentations. 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.

Referring 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.

Oral presentations, given by graduate students and post-docs, will be presented in-person, and presentation slides will need to be submitted the week before the conference as a PowerPoint.

Undergraduate presenters will need to print their poster boards to be affixed to the provided boards during the conference and will be presented to attendees during the afternoon break.

All attendees can vote for the "best overall talk". Only students can vote for the best MSc. and PhD. talks, and the best undergraduate poster. QR codes with links to the online vote will be posted around the venue on the day of the conference.

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

Talks are scheduled in 15-minute blocks; however, presentations should be maximum 10-12 minutes long to allow for 1 or 2 questions following your presentation.

Contact Us

Event Location

  • Visit Us
    McInnes Room, Student Union Building, Dalhousie University
    6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, Canada
  • Email Us

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 5 is here!
You can view the new 2022 issue of Current Tides in .pdf format. For more information, visit the Current Tides website.