BoFEP Student Awards – Past Winners


Best Undergraduate Oral Presentation:

Melissa Hebert of Mount Allison University for:
Diurnal and Nocturnal Foraging Behaviours of Staging Semipalmated Sandpipers in the Upper Bay of Fundy.

Best Graduate Oral Presentation

Andrew Taylor of Mount Allison University for:
Movement Patterns and Habitat use of Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus,
from the Saint John River, New Brunswick, Canada.

Best Undergraduate Poster

Alison Bijman of Saint Mary’s University for:
The Influence of Tidal Creek Networks on Wetland Vegetation Colonization in a Macro-tidal System.

Best Graduate Poster

Betsy Barber of UNB, Saint John for:
Predation Effects on Juvenile Invertebrates in Two Rocky Subtidal Communities


Paper Undergraduate

First – Miriam Coulthard (Mount Allison)
The Effect of Ilyanassa obsoleta on the Vertical Distribution of Corophium volutator in
Mudflat Ecosystems of the Bay of Fundy

Second – Beth MacDonald (Mount Allison)
Nocturnal Habits of Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) and
Corophium volutator on Bay of Fundy mudflats.

Paper Graduate

First – Elizabeth Wallace (Acadia/Mount Allison)
Effects of Foraging Semipalmated Sandpipers on the
Vertical Distribution of Corophium volutator.

Second – Aaron Frenette (UNB, Fredericton)
Contemporary diagnosis of an intracellular parasite of cod: Application for
investigating the life history of Loma morhua.

Poster Undergraduate

First – Amanda Savoie (UNB Fredericton)
Effects of Density of the Amphipod Corophium volutator on Sediment Properties.

Second – Laura Bursey (UNB, Fredericton)
Abundance of Ribbed Mussels (Geukensia demissa) in Salt Marshes Located in
Contrasting Tidal Regimes: Northumberland Strait vs Upper Bay of Fundy.

Poster Graduate

First – David Drolet (UNB, Fredericton)
Diel and Semi-lunar Cycles in the Swimming Activity of the Amphipod
Corophium volutator in the Upper Bay of Fundy.

Second – Kyle Smith (Dalhousie University)
The Characterization and Tracking of Sediment-Laden Ice in Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.


First Place Student Paper

Alexander Bond
 University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
“Patterns of Mercury Burden in the Seabirds of  Machias Seal Island, New Brunswick”

First Place Student Poster

Korreen Millard
 Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
 “High-resolution LIDAR elevation data of inter-tidal areas:
A potential tool for examining salt marsh vegetation communities”

Second Place Student Paper
David Drolet
 University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
“Effect of density of the gastropod Ilyanassa obsoleta on distribution
and movement of the amphipod Corophium volutator.”

Second Place Student Poster

Shannon O’Connor
Acadia University, Wolfville, NS
“The Atlantic Coastal Zone: all the little fishes”


First Place Student Paper

Ashley Sprague
 University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
“F actors Affecting Movement of Semipalmated Sandpipers ( Calidris pusilla)
Migrating Through the Upper Bay of Fundy”

First Place Student Poster

Vanessa Paesani
 Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
“Intraspecific Genetic Variation in the Centric Diatom
Thalassiosira nordenskioeldii Cleve”

Second Place Student Paper
Sam Ng’ gang’ a
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
“The Proposed Musquash MPA:
A Case Study on Boundary Delimitation Concepts”

Second Place Student Poster
Nancy Chiasson
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS
“Controls on the Distribution of Vegetation Characteristics
in a Tidally Restricted Macrotidal Salt Marsh”