Dr. Dower's research focuses on the role of biophysical coupling in regulating the structure and productivity of planktonic marine ecosystems. Research in the lab is truly multidisciplinary and combines aspects of fisheries oceanography, population and community ecology, conservation biology, and ecophysiology. Areas of particular interest currently include: quantifying factors that regulate interannual variability in the production, growth and survival of larval fish and their zooplankton prey; the role of small-scale physical process (e.g. micro-scale turbulence) in plankton ecology; and, the ecology and oceanography of seamount ecosystems.
Dr. Dower also participates in the water column processes groups within both the NEPTUNE and VENUS projects. Research in the lab is strongly field-based, but often incorporates experimental and modeling approaches as well. Field programs focus primarily on the Strait of Georgia, the offshore NE Pacific, and the coastal waters of Newfoundland.
NEPTUNE Canada staff are listed below. For more contacts, see our full listing of staff within VENUS, Ocean Networks Canada, and the Ocean Networks Canada Centre for Enterprise and Engagement.
Kate Moran, director
Kim Juniper, associate director
Fern Johnson, associate director
Ian Kulin, associate director (interim)
The following external consultants have worked closely with NEPTUNE Canada in the past.
Benoît Pirenne, associate director
Li Yan, Visiting Scientist, China National Ocean Technology Centre
Eric Guillemot, Manager, Software Team
Bob Crosby, Team Lead
Martin Hofmann, systems manager