Three Carleton graduate students have videos in the top 40 of the of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council’s (NSERC) Science, Action! video contest.
Watch their videos below to cast your vote!
Nicole Filipow (Master of Science: Biology)
A Master’s student at Carleton University, Nicole has been interested in Cystic Fibrosis since growing up with a twin sister with the disease. Her supervisors have given her an amazing opportunity to pursue research into this area, where she hopes to finish her last year continuing using experimental evolution to solve the mysteries of Pseudomonas infection. Outside of the lab Nicole loves to travel, and spends the majority of her time on the soccer field, having played 5 years of varsity with the Carleton Ravens.
Stress and Disease in Salmon
Jacqueline Chapman (PhD: Biology)
Jacqueline Chapman is a PhD Candidate in the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Her research focuses on how how microbial pathogens – viruses, bacteria, and microparasites that cause disease – may influence the survival of salmon that are released from fisheries. Are salmon immune systems suppressed by fisheries stress? Is disease what causes variation in survival after release? Jacqueline’s work is supported by the Ocean Tracking Network, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and NSERC.
William Twardek (Master of Science: Biology)
Steelhead, Onchorynchus mykiss, is one of the most coveted recreationally targeted salmonids worldwide, and catch-and-release is commonly used as a mandatory conservation tool to protect wild stocks. During the 2016 summer run on the Bulkley River, B.C., we measured the physiological stress response and post-release activity patterns of wild steelhead exposed to a combination of handling (net vs. tail grab) and air exposure (0s, 10s, 30s) treatments. This study is the first to evaluate the factors that influence the outcome of wild steelhead following catch-and-release, and will be used to develop species-specific ‘best’ practices.
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