Meeting events and registration on site will begin in the early afternoon of Monday May 7th, with the closing banquet being held at the Yellowbelly Brew Pub ( on famous George Street in downtown St. John’s on the evening of May 10th.

 The LOC has worked with the CSZ’s various sections and the CSZ Council to develop a stimulating and enjoyable programme for the meeting. A draft (preliminary) programme can be viewed using this link. It will be updated regularly, and more details will be added, as the meeting approaches.

Keynote / Plenary Lectures:

ZET Lecture – Speaker Dr. Paul Snelgrove (Memorial University). Presentation Title:  “Biodiversity and the Health of Planet Ocean.”

F.E.J. Fry Award Lecture  – Recipient Dr. Jean-Guy Godin (Carleton University). Presentation Title: TBD

R.A. Wardle Award Lecture – Recipient  Dr. John Gilleard (University of Calgary. Presentation Title: TBD

Boutilier New Investigator Award Lecture – Recipient Dr. Stephanie DeWitte-Orr (Wilfred Laurier University). Presentation Title: “Modulating Innate Antiviral Immunity at the Cellular Level Using Double-stranded RNA.”

TWM Cameron Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award Lecture – Recipient Dr. Laura Ferguson (University of Western Ontario). Presentation Title: TBD


Several Symposia:

LOC Symposium – Aquatic Environments and Organisms in Transition


Dr. Amanda Bates, Memorial University. Presentation Title: “Thermal Safety, Environmental Variability and Biodiversity Change.”

Dr. Hannes Baumann, University of Connecticut. Presentation Title: “Sensitivity of Northeast Atlantic Forage Fishes to the Symptoms of Marine Climate Change: Warming, Acidification, and Reduced Oxygen.”

Dr. Michel Kaiser, Bangor University. Presentation Title: “Developing Best Practices to Manage the Ecosystem Effects of Trawling on the Seabed.”

Dr. Anne Todgham, University of California –  Davis.  Presentation Title: “Framing Climate Change Biology in an Ecologically-Relevant Context: How Much Environmental Complexity is Enough?”


Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Symposium – Environmental Physiology and Behaviour – A tribute to the Versatile Career of Gord McDonald


Dr. Kath Sloman, University of West Scotland. Presentation Title: “Behaviour of Early Life Stages in Fish”

Dr. Chris Wood, University of British Columbia. Presentation Title: “Using Environmental Physiology to Set Environmental Policy”

Dr. Richard Gonzales, University of San Diego. Presentation Title: Conflict and Compromise Between Ion Regulation and Respiratory Function in Fishes


Parasitology, Immunology and Environment Symposium – Environmental Contaminants and Parasitism: What Do We Know and What Questions Need To Be Addressed


Dr. Mark Fast, University of Prince Edward Island. Presentation Title: “It’s Not You It’s Me: Ectoparasites Implicate and Complicate Contaminant Impacts on Fish.”

Dr. Mark Forbes, Carleton University. Presentation Title: “Testing for Dual Effects of Contaminants and Parasitism: Lessons from Waterbird-Helminth

Dr. David Marcogliese, Environment and Climate Change, Canada. Presentation Title: “Parasites as Indicators of Environmental Stress: Lessons from Aquatic Ecosystems.”


Comparative Morphology and Development Symposium – Understanding Morphology: Diverse Approaches to Deciphering Animal Form and Function


Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Mount St. Vincent University. Presentation Title: “Developmental Patterning and Variation of the Ocular Skeleton.”

Dr. Rajee Rajakumar, Harvard University. Presentation Title: “From Microworkers to Supersoldiers: Integrating Social, Developmental, and Epigenetic Processes to Understand Caste Evolution in Ants.”

Dr. Campbell Rolian, University of Calgary. Presentation Title: “Linking Development, Morphology and Function in Skeletal Evolution.”


Integrative Ecology and Evolution Symposium – Animal Movement and Resource Selection


Dr. Erik Vander Wal, Memorial University. Presentation Title: “The Ecology of Individual Differences Applied to Resource Selection and Movement  Tactics.”

Dr. Daniel Fortin, Laval University. Presentation Title: “How Spatial Information Drives the Distribution Dynamics of Large Herbivores.”

Dr. Erin Baerwald, University of Regina. Presentation Title: Landscape Characteristics Associated with Fatalities of Bats at Wind Energy Facilities

Dr. Tyler Bonnell, University of Lethbridge. Presentation Title: Social Influences on Individual Movement and Their Foraging Consequences


Hoar Award Talks (Competition)

President Award Talks (Competition)

Section-Specific Contributed Sessions


Other Events / Sessions:

Poster Session

Several Workshops / Information Sessions (TBD)

Receptions / Networking Events

  • Opening Reception
  • Zoological Education Trust (ZET) Reception
  • Banquet
  • Student / PDF Mixer


Organized Tours:

We are hoping to offer a number of organized tours for conference attendees. However, as these tours require a minimum number of participants, we would like to get an indication of numbers before arrangements for tours are made. If interested in an organized tour through CSZ 2018, (and we need a fairly firm commitment) please e-mail Iain McGaw ( before March 15th.


1. Boat Tour – Out of St. John’s harbour, see icebergs, seabirds and stunning cliff vistas and possibly some early whales. This 2 hour excursion would leave the harbour in the late morning and return in the early afternoon. Warm clothes are recommended.

Date = The day after the conference ends (Friday May 11th).

Cost = $70 + 15% HST per person


2. Ghosts of St. John’s – Guided evening walking tour around old St. John’s.

Date = This tour would start at 9:30pm on Tuesday May 8th

Cost = $10 per person


3. Ales Tour – Experience the craft beer scene in St. John’s. We have two possibilities – with only one of these tours running.

Tour of two breweries with ale tasting – $35 per person + 15% HST

Axes and Ales – drinking tour and throwing axes – $55 per person + 15 %HST

Date = This tour would start between 7:30 and 8 pm on Wednesday May 9th.


4. Tours of the Ocean Sciences Centre – Transportation out to MUN’s Ocean Sciences Centre, and a tour of some the Centre’s unique facilities. The route taken will also allow those attending to see rugged NL coast in the St. John’s area.

Date: Afternoon of Monday May 7th, Morning of Friday May 11th.

Cost: N/C


Code of Conduct:

The organizers are committed to making this meeting productive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, nationality or religion. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate.
  • Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees.

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organizers without a refund of any charge.

Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy is asked to speak, in confidence, to any member of the (LOC), or a member of the CSZ Council.

This code of conduct is based on the “London Code of Conduct”, as originally designed for the conference “Accurate Astrophysics. Correct Cosmology”, held in London in July 2015 ( The London Code was adapted with permission by Andrew Pontzen and Hiryana Peiris from a document by Software Carpentry, which itself derives from original Creative Commons documents by PyCon and Geek Feminism. It is released under a CC-Zero licence for reuse.