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. The Programme and Abstract Book are now available as downloadable PDFs.

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: “Sexual Selection and Male Mate Choice: Insights from a Small Tropical Fish.”

R.A. Wardle Award Lecture – Recipient  Dr. John Gilleard (University of Calgary. Presentation Title: “Exploring The Molecular Genetics of Drug Resistance in Parasitic Nematodes.”

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: “Thermal Biology of Insect Immunity and Host-Microbe Interactions.”


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: “Multidisciplinary Approaches in (Fish) Biology”

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

Dr. Richard Gonzalez, 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 (Wed. May 9th; 4:30 – 6:30).

This will be a catered event with bar service available.


(note: times may change slightly)

NSERC Grants Workshop for Faculty / PIs (Monday May 7th, 1:00 – 2:15 PM)

Danièle Leroux and Jennifer Bean from NSERC will provide statistics on, and discuss, the latest NSERC Discovery Grant competition. In addition, they will provide information on any forthcoming changes to the Discovery Grant submission and review process, and on NSERC’s new and ongoing research funding and partnership initiatives.


Gain the Edge: NSERC Scholarship / Grant Writing Strategy Workshop (Monday May 7th, 1:00 – 2:15 PM).

Workshop Leader: Dr. Danine Farquharson (, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Memorial University.

This workshop will review the types of NSERC scholarships / fellowships that are currently available, provide pertinent statistics / information, and review the basic components of an application. However, the workshop will focus on helping graduate students and PDFs with writing a more competitive NSERC application. This session will cover common pitfalls in writing, provide examples of successful applications, and will give those attending clear strategies for effective scholarship / grant writing. It will focus on the NSERC graduate awards, but the skills and techniques to be discussed will be applicable to any grant application.


Education Workshop:  Demystifying Scientific Communication (Monday May 7th,  2:15  – 3:30 PM)

Workshop Leaders: Drs. Amanda Bates (Dept. of Ocean Sciences, and Brett Favaro (Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources; of Memorial University.

This workshop will focus on the art and science of presenting scientific information in accessible ways to diverse audiences.  The session will begin with a short introduction to “why” Scientific Communication, i.e., What you stand to benefit from becoming a better science storyteller and pitching your research to diverse audiences, and how doing so helps with dissemination of ideas both inside and outside of academia.

Next, the workshop will explore how to identify the key messages of a science story. Participants will take their research and transition it into a short, punchy, description that gets people interested in their work.

Finally, methods for engaging in oral communication and how to communicate key messages in an interesting and engaging manner will be shared This last topic will emphasize talking about research within the context of networking events (i.e., meeting new people and talking about your work) so that participants will be empowered to practice during the CSZ meeting.


Diversity Workshop –  Decolonizing Science: Indigenous Students in the Academy and Partnerships on the Land, Water and Ice (Monday May 7th,  4:00 – 5:00 PM)

Workshop Leader: Barbara A. Barker, Coordinator for Aboriginal Cultural Education, Aboriginal Resource Office, Memorial University (

This presentation will consist of three parts. First, a historical overview of Canada’s Indigenous peoples and communities will be provided. Second, there will be a discussion on how to attract, mentor and retain Indigenous students in the sciences. Lastly, information will be provided on how to foster relationships, and develop research partnerships, with Indigenous communities and organizations.


Zoological Education Trust (ZET) Lecture and Reception (Tuesday May 8th, 7:00 PM)

As part of the meeting, Dr. Paul Snelgove is giving the Zoological Trust Lecture (see above), and this presentation will be followed by a catered reception (with cash bar). The lecture and reception are being co-organized / co-hosted by the Ocean Learning Partnership ( and sponsored by the ZET and the Company of Biologists ( This event is open to the public, and local high school students, and science clubs and groups will be invited to attend. The reception will provide an opportunity for these individuals to interact with members of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, and several local organizations that are involved in marine/aquatic – related research or education will be present to talk about their organization’s objectives, their programs, and education or employment opportunities. This latter aspect of the ZET event may be particularly interesting for high school and undergraduate/graduate students wishing to pursue a career in marine science/zoology, or wanting to become more involved in ocean (aquatic)-related activities. Organizations that will be present include the Ocean Learning Partnership, the Ocean Frontier Institute, The Dept. of Ocean Sciences (MUN), the Marine Institute (MUN), the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (incl. researchers involved with Aquatic Invasive Species and Cold-Water Corals and Sponge Reefs) and the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland.


Opening Reception (Monday May 7th at 6:00 PM)

Student/PDF Success Workshop and Section Meetings (Wednesday May 9th7:00 PM onwards)

Banquet, incl. awards and silent auction (Thursday May 10th, 6:00 PM onwards)

Annual General Meeting (Tuesday May 8th, 1:00 – 2:30)

Section Lunches (Wednesday and Thursday, see draft schedule above)


Update on Organized Tours:

There was not sufficient interest in the AXES and ALES TOUR, the WALKING GHOST TOUR or the tour of the Ocean Sciences Centre. Thus, these events will not be going ahead.

However, the ICEBERG BOAT TOUR is going ahead on Friday May 11th at 9.30 am.
The boat will now be leaving the dock at 9.30 am (something to consider if you are partying the night before), so you are required to be at the dock at 9 am ready and waiting. We will arrange to have a bus take you from the University to the dock. The boat tour is approximately two hours, and it could be quite cool at this time of year so please dress warmly.

The company  (Iceberg Quest; have asked that you book directly with them:
by phone (001) – outside North America 709 722 1888
or via e-mail  (

The cost is $65 CAD per person plus 15% tax, and there is plenty of room for additional family, friends, etc. However, the tour will likely fill up as it is also open to the general public so please book ASAP. We would be grateful if you could complete your booking and pay by credit card before Friday March 30th, 2018.


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.