In 2002, Canada became one of the first countries to begin discussions toward a national contribution to the Census of Marine Life. A formal Canadian National Committee was formed in 2004 and is housed at the Canadian Centre for Marine Biodiversity.
Committee Chair: Paul Snelgrove Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dr. Snelgrove is a biological oceanographer at Memorial University’s Ocean Science Centre, where he serves as a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems. His main interests are in larval transport in marine environments and how this contributes to natural patterns. Prior to joining Memorial University, Dr. Snelgrove spent 8 months as a Killam Postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University and 3 years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University. Dr. Snelgrove received his PhD from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where his work focused on hydrodynamic effects on larval settlement.
For more information on Canada’s activities, visit the CoML Canada website.
Canada supports a Regional Node for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). It is hosted by the Centre for Marine Biodiversity and the Bedford Institute of Oceanography of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Contact Bob Branton.
Workshops and Meetings
Workshop on Marine Biodiversity in Canada, White Point Lodge, February 2002
Report of Workshop on Open Standards Access to Biological Data at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (November 2003)