Marine Microbial Macroecology Lab

Research on extinction rates published in Science

Monday, 05 May 2015


SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University geography and environment professor Dr. Zoe Finkel is part of an international group of researchers looking to fossils to help identify marine animals and areas of the ocean with a higher risk of extinction. The group’s paper has been published in the journal Science.

Finkel, who is also the Canada Research Chair in Marine Environmental Ecology and has co-ordinated the Environmental Science program at Mount Allison, says that the …

Changing phytoplankton niches

Friday, 05 May 2015

Our study of phytoplankton niches at Station Cariaco show that phytoplankton can evolve and change their niches over a 10-15 year period. The figure below shows the distribution of mean phytoplankton niche for temperature, irradiance, and nitrate concentration in a cooler period (blue) and a warmer period (red). Temperature and irradiance niches shift to track changes in the environment. The niches of some phytoplankton shift to lower nitrate concentrations as nitrate …

Post-doctoral research opportunities

Sunday, 04 April 2015

We are looking for one or two post-doctoral research associates to join the Marine Macroecology and Biogeochemistry Lab at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. For information on the lab go to Two broad research areas are described below. There is flexibility in the details of the projects which will be designed to suit the skills and goals of the post-docs.

Marine ecology

Species distribution models can be useful tools to …

Dr Ina Benner's research featured in student newspaper (The Argosy)

Thursday, 03 March 2015

Dr Benner’s work on phytoplankton evolution was featured in The Argosy this week.

Click here for the full article.

Gulf of Mexico research project funded

Wednesday, 02 February 2015

SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University geography and environment professor Dr. Zoe Finkel is collaborating with researchers in a multi-university consortium that received $7.25 million to study the impact of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill on both the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and public health. The spill released approximately 4.1 million barrels of oil into the gulf and another 1.84 million gallons of the chemical Corexit was added to disperse the oil.

Finkel, Canada …