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Matthew Robertson

I am a Research Scientist at the Centre for Fisheries Ecosystem Research (CFER) at the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University in Newfoundland. My research focuses on answering macro-scale ecological questions in fisheries, and how those questions can be addressed in ways that can be used to improve advice for ecosystem-based fisheries management.

Matthew lectures in the Fisheries Science Graduate Program – he teaches ‘Statistics and Study Design for Fisheries Science’.

I am a 2023 graduate of Memorial University where I received my PhD in Fisheries Science. My PhD research focused on assessing the differential recovery trajectories of flatfish on the Grand Bank. Prior to attending Memorial University I graduated from Louisiana State University with an MSc in Oceanography and from Dalhousie University, where I received a BSc with Honours in Marine Biology.


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Kerri Lynch
MSc Student

My interest in graduate research started with a deep passion to protect and integrate human activities within the natural function of the environment. I've grown up spending summers playing on the North shore of Lake Erie and in Georgian Bay. I am fortunate to have spent a summer working with the NGO group Georgian Bay Forever doing public outreach to inform the community about the harm of plastic in our waterways. I worked on partnered research projects that turned into local policy changes in protecting the environment.


Through my firsthand experience watching the Lake Erie ecosystem change and working on environmental plastic research, I have learned that there is a lot of work to do, but change is possible! After completing my degree at Queen's university in biology focusing on aquatic ecology, I have decided to journey away from freshwater biology and see what I can learn about the marine ecosystem.


I am excited to learn about the complexities of the Atlantic ocean's complex ecosystem as I develop a model to estimate capelin abundance based on predator stomach contents. I hope my research will aid in developing future policies surrounding the protection of this integral fish species. When I'm not at school, you can find me out in nature, snowboarding, hiking, biking, climbing, or lost in thought looking for whales!

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