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OFI researchers are in the news, informing the public about their work and educating all about the ocean 

— its challenges and the benefits it can provide for our environment, economy and communities. 

Chair appointment for OFI researcher 

Mae Seto has been appointed the Irving Shipbuilding Chair in Marine and Engineering Autonomous Systems. Dr. Seto and the students she supervises are working on intelligent autonomous systems, unmanned ships, shipboard intelligent launch and recovery systems, and marine robotics. Learn more ...


Rolling out the red carpet for royalty (and research)

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco, spent May 8 at OFI, learning about its success in advancing the sustainable development of the North Atlantic.   

“Seeing the enthusiasm and passion of the students and professors alike shows why this institution is at the forefront of ocean research,” he said. “It was a tremendous pleasure to see first hand what great work is being done here.”

A guest of the OFI and its CEO Wendy Watson-Wright, Prince Albert — the son of Hollywood glamour icon Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III — met researchers like Megan Bailey, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, Marine Affairs who not only talked about her work to develop an ecosystem indicator framework for the North Atlantic, she also made a big impression by serving Prince Albert sustainably-caught — and home-cooked — seafood.  

In addition, His Serene Highness toured ocean laboratories and took part in an informal public Q&A discussion about the changing ocean. A crowd of about 250 people gathered in the Scotiabank Auditorium to talk about solutions for our ocean that would generate both environmental benefits and economic opportunity.

It’s not a surprising topic of interest for Prince Albert, who has shown global leadership in addressing environmental issues and promoting ocean-related sustainable development. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation focuses on three main challenges: climate change and renewable energy development, combating the loss of biodiversity, and improving universal access to clean water.

“Prince Albert is committed to protecting our environment and knows the work we must do, together, will help safeguard our ocean and leverage the value it contains,” said Wendy Watson-Wright, OFI’s CEO. “It was a great honour to host him.”   


Researcher recognition

Aaron MacNeil, an OFI researcher and associate professor from Dalhousie University’s Department of Biology, has been appointed as a Canada Research Chair (CRC) by the Government of Canada. Learn more ...

Memorial University of Newfoundland was honoured with five CRC appointments. And four of those honoured are affiliated with OFI research. Get the details ...

With funding in place, ocean research seeks solutions for the North Atlantic  

Fifteen ocean research projects based in Atlantic Canada have received a total of more than $25 million in funding, an investment that’s expected to advance understanding of atmospheric and ecosystem change while also identifying ways to grow resource development in a sustainable way. Learn about the research projects and the benefits it will deliver ...

Diving Deep with Big Data to Grow the Ocean Economy

A unique ocean research partnership between industry, academia, government and OFI will enable Atlantic Canadian companies to commercialize research and lead the way in the development of data analytics products and services that are sought after worldwide.

DeepSense will support intensive Big Data analytics projects with industry that will drive new business opportunities in the ocean sector. The project will also create a pool of highly qualified people with the technical skills necessary for the industry to grow, further developing Canada’s reputation as a hub for ocean expertise. Read the news release ...

Order of Canada honours OFI's own 

The contributions of Martha Crago, who helped found the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI), and Barb Neis, an OFI researcher at Memorial University of Newfoundland, have been recognized through their naming as Members of the Order of Canada. 

  • Dr. Martha Crago, Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University received the Order of Canada in recognition for her contributions to research and innovation, especially in the area of ocean science. Dr. Crago is the former Vice President of Research at Dalhousie University and in that role served as a key architect for the creation of OFI and served as its first Chair of the OFI Executive Council.
  • Dr. Barb Neis, a Professor at Memorial's Department of Sociology, received the Order of Canada for her work to advance environmental protection and human health, especially as it relates to the unique applications within Canada’s coastal communities. This is a significant theme of her OFI research work, Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean. Dr. Neis also recently received Memorial University’s John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professorship.

As sea creatures go, juvenile lumpfish are pretty cute. Their adult counterparts? Not so much.

Regardless, the dull, lumpy bottom feeders with warty heads are not only an integral part of the provincial economy — their roe is prized in Asia as an alternative to caviar — they are also the subject of innovative research being done at Memorial University of Newfoundland that will assist both the aquaculture industry and provide insight into dietary effects on human vision.

Dr. Robert Gendron, Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine, has teamed up with Dr. William Driedzic, Department of Ocean Sciences, Faculty of Science, to study dietary vitamins in the vision health of lumpfish. Their project recently received funding through Memorial University’s Vitamin Research Fund, which links to the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI). Learn more ...