Annual Conference
of Dalhousie Oceanography Graduate Students
On Friday March 24, 2023

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 which provides the opportunity for oceanography students at Dalhousie to share their research with their peers, Department of Oceanography faculty, and other members of the oceanography community in a friendly environment. Although only students and post-docs are invited to present, faculty members, ocean scientists, industry sponsors, and the public to attend presentations, ask questions and network at CDOGS.

Abstract submissions for CDOGS are now close! You can find the full schedule with the submitted abstracts further below.


For this year's conference, we will be requiring ALL attendees to register for CDOGS via the Google form below. Any person who wishes to attend in person will be required to wear a mask during the conference (except while presenting or while seated and actively eating or drinking). If you submit an abstract for an oral presentation or poster, you do not need to also register for the conference. Your submission will automatically register you as an attendee. As always, CDOGS is free of charge. Registration is now open and will remain open up to and including the day of the conference.


Event Schedule

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

The program for the 2023 edition of CDOGS is now available!

CDOGS 2023 abstract book

Session 1 Early Morning
  • 9:00 - Opening Remarks
  • 9:15 - Sam Aucoin

    Turbulent Plumes From Submarine Groundwater Discharge

  • 9:30 - Robert Drinnan

    Hydrophone calibration between 1 kHz and 10 kHz using elastic waveguides

  • 9:45 - Brendan Smith

    Hydrothermal vent soundscapes

  • 10:15 - Emily Sklar

    Seafloor morphology mapping in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada, using machine learning approaches

  • 10:00 - Ruby Yee

    Turbulent diffusivity profiles inferred from temperature microstructure at the southern edge of the Canada Basin

  • 10:30 - Arieanna Balbar

    Comparing approaches for estimating ecological connectivity at a local scale in a marine system

  • 10:45 - James Cunningham

    Predicting Crassostrea virginica settlement using Growing Degree Days

Session 2 Late Morning
  • 11:15 - Kimberly Franklin

    Quantifying northern bottlenose and sperm whale acoustic behavioural responses to anthropogenic noise in Baffin Bay, Canada

  • 11:30 - Jay Kirkham

    Simultaneous recording of North Atlantic right whale foraging behaviour and prey field characterisation to evaluate spatial dimensions of risk in the Gulf of St Lawrence

  • 11:45 - Manon den Haan

    Energetic requirements of bowhead whales in the Eastern Canadian Arctic

  • 12:00 - Alexis Bazinet

    Health check-ups for whales - quantifying the body condition of bowheads in a changing ocean

  • 12:15 - Leah Trigg

    Response of Arctic whales to military sonar during fishery interactions: preliminary observations

Sponsor Booths & Lunch Break
  • 12:30 - Sponsor Booths:

     - CMOS

     - OFI

     - COVE

     - Nortek

Session 3 Early Afternoon
  • 13:15 - Plenary Speaker: Dr. Anya Waite


  • 13:45 - Marie Egert

    Effects of Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement on the photosynthetic efficiency of phytoplankton

  • 14:00 - Mohammad M. Amirian

    A New Model of Phytoplankton Photoinhibition

  • 14:15 - Nuwanthi Samarasinghe

    Elemental stoichiometry of nanoplanktonic diatoms under different environmental conditions

Session 4 Poster Session & Coffee Break
    • Mikeala Ermanovics

      Assessing the Impact of Simulated Ocean Alkalinity Enhancement on Phytoplankton in a Mesocosm Study in Bedford Basin, Nova Scotia

    • Catherine Brenan

      Where is the Carbon? Spatially Mapping Organic Carbon on the Seafloor in the Eastern Shore Islands

    • Ryan Molin

      Assessing the microbial diversity and functional potential of sediment microbial fuel cells (SMFCs)

    • Sam Cutcliffe

      Benthic habitat mapping of the glass sponge, Vazella pourtalesii and associated community composition on Sambro Bank, Scotian Shelf, Canada

    • Andréanne Paul-Chowdhury

      Cultural and temporal variation in sperm whale fluke markings across four decades off the Galápagos Islands

    • Cameron Richardson

      Evaluation of pH measurements in non-invasive sediment pH profiling using optode technology

    • Aaron Judah

      Functional diversity and originality of marine invertebrates in the Bay of Fundy, Canada

    • Sanjana Varanasi

      Dissolution rates of magnesium hydroxide based products

    • Matt Mar

      The Dynamics of a Hydrofoiling Vehicle

    • Sara Wong

      How does stratification in the upper water column generate error in air-sea carbon dioxide flux calculations

    • Chris Latimer

      Abundance of Tetraselmis suecica and their associated bacteria community under different pH conditions in organic-amended media

Session 5 Late Afternoon
  • 15:30 - Madeline Healey

    Quantifying upper ocean export of biogenic silica in the North Labrador Sea using the natural tracer thorium-234

  • 15:45 - Nina Golombek

    Effects of Formalin Preservation on amino acid-specific isotope analysis of C and N

  • 16:00 - Adam Stoer

    Estimating Ocean Net Primary Productivity from Daily Cycles of Carbon Biomass Measured by Profiling Floats

  • 16:15 - Melina Mehlmann

    Estimating Ocean Net Primary Productivity from Daily Cycles of Carbon Biomass Measured by Profiling Floats

  • 16:30 - May Wang

    Temporal and spatial variations of sea ice along coastal Nunatsiavut and the Labrador shelf

  • 16:45 - Break & Voting
  • 16:55 - Awards & Closing Remarks


Thank you to all our 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 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" - 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.

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

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    McInnes Room, Student Union Building, Dalhousie University
    6136 University Avenue, Halifax, NS, Canada
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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 5 is here!
You can view the new 2022 issue of Current Tides in .pdf format. For more information, visit the Current Tides website.