Former Students


PhD Students

Daniel Curtis

Dan completed his PhD in 2009. He investigated the physiological responses of Dungeness crabs and blue crabs during feeding and digestion in low salinity. Dan published over 10 papers from his PhD work. He currently works as a research scientist at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC

Qiwu (John) Jiang (

Qiwu (John) Jiang gained his BSc and MSc degree in China. He started his PhD program at MUN in 2014. He investigated the effects of feeding status on the physiological and behavioural responses of rock crabs to hypoxia. John gained his PhD in 2022 he is currently working for the Chinese Polar Institute



MSc Students

Jennifer Bernatis

Jennifer completed her MSc research in 2005 investigating the behaviour of postprandial Dungeness crabs to hypoxia. This was a combined lab and field project, most of it conducted at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in British Columbia. She published her work in Marine Biology. Jennifer is currently working for Fish and Wildlife in Florida and completed a PhD on invasive apple snails.

Aaron Payette 

Aaron completed his MSc degree in 2002. He investigated the behavioural and physiological responses of burrow dwelling crayfish to temperature change. He published his findings in the Biological Bulletin. Aaron is currently a faculty member at Portland Community College in Oregon.

Travis Nielsen (

Travis Nielsen obtained his BSc from Thompson Rivers University. He completed his MSc investigating the trade-off behaviours of juvenile lobsters to temperature change in September 2015. He submitted his findings to the journal Biological Bulletin. He is currently employed.

Chantelle Penney (

Chantelle Penney was an undergraduate at MUN, she went on to do an MSc in Biology and completed her program on the effects of feeding and digestion in green crabs and rock crabs in May 2015. She has published 2 papers from her MSc research. She is currently doing a PhD on fish physiology at Trent University

Guoqiang Wang (gw3001@

Guoqiang Wang gained his BSc from Dalhousie University, Truro campus. He completed his MSc in Aquaculture in February 2015, he has already published 1 paper and has two more in review, all from his MSc research. He currently works for an organic aquaculture operation in Langley BC

Sarah Nancollas (

Sarah Nancollas graduated from the University of Plymouth. Following her degree she was lucky enough to obtain a position as a research assistant in Plymouth. She decided to further her academic career and started an MSc in 2015. Sarah investigated physiological responses of crabs to emersion at different temperatures. She is currently carrying out a postdoc at the University of California.

Gemma Rayner (

Gemma Rayner graduated from Bangor University (UK) with a degree in Applied Marine Biology. Gemma investigated the interactions between invasive green crabs and adult American lobsters, investigating how crab density and water temperature affect food intake. She now works for Oceans North in Halifax.

Logan Zeinert (

Logan Zeinert, MSc Aquaculture graduated from Wakaiko University in New Zealand. For his MSc research he investigated if the West Indian Spider crab Mithrax spinosissimus can support a sustainable fishery. In addition he investigated whether this species can be used in multitrophic Integrated Aquaculture as a means to control biofouling. Logan moved to Canada’s west coast and is currently a research technician at North Island College in Campbell River, BC.

Evgeni Matveev (

Evgeni Matveev, MSc Marine Biology, graduated  from the University of Alberta. He investigated if crustaceans change behavioural and physiological responses during long-term storage in captive conditions. In addition, he looked at physiotypes/personality traits in decapod crustaceans. Evgeni is currently working in Communications and Outreach at a company in Fernley, BC.