Research in our lab examines biodiversity within species. Our focus is on aquatic organisms, primarily fishes, and especially fishes in Atlantic Canada. The research tools we use are mostly DNA-based, but we also use ecological, environmental and behavioural data.
We want to know how genetic variation is distributed across genomes, individuals and populations, and about the evolutionary and ecological processes that shape that genetic variation. We are interested in how populations are connected, whether they are locally adapted, and how genetic divergence can lead to formation of new species.
Much of our research has applications for conservation and management of wild populations. In some of our projects we use genetic data to develop tools to trace the population origins of fish caught in mixed stock fisheries. Other projects have contributed to Canada- and world-wide efforts to develop DNA barcoding tools to identify species – in our case, Atlantic Canadian fishes.
Dr. Paul Bentzen
Paul Bentzen is a professor in Biology, and directs the Marine Gene Probe Laboratory. He is also currently Chair of the Biology Department.
Ben is an MSc student studying the phenotypic consequences of hybridization between wild Atlantic salmon and escaped farmed Atlantic salmon. He is co-supervised by Ian Bradbury and Paul Bentzen.
Ian is the laboratory manager for the Marine Gene Probe Laboratory, a multi-user facility directed by Paul Bentzen.
Beth is an MSc student studying the indirect genetic effects of escaped farmed Atlantic salmon on local wild salmon populations. She is co-supervised by Paul Bentzen and Ian Bradbury.
Robert is a PhD student studying the population genomics of northwest Atlantic cod. He is co-supervised by Paul Bentzen and Ian Bradbury.
Stan is a PhD student studying the population genetics and phylogenetics of Gyrodactylus parasites of fishes.
Cock van Oosterhout
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics, School of Environmental Sciences University of East Anglia link
Future Leader Fellow. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) University of Exeter
Research Scientist. Fisheries and Oceans Canada Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Research Scientist. Center for Fisheries Ecosystems Research Fisheries and Marine Institute in partnership with the Labrador Institute Memorial University of Newfoundland link
Diadromous Assessment Species at Risk Biologist. Fisheries and Oceans Canada Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics. Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University link
Science Advisor / Conseiller scientifique. Aquaculture, Biotechnology, and Aquatic Animal Health Science Branch Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Government of Canada
Dr. Paul Bentzen
Biology Department – Dalhousie University
1355 Oxford Street
Halifax – Nova Scotia
Phone: (902) 494-1105