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Biology Past Winners

Science Atlantic Communication Award


Alexie Ouellette Mount Allison University

Determining biological function of miRNA identified from PDAC patient plasma using an in vitro model


Oral: Claire West, Mount Allison University

How does the social environment affect responses to thermal stress in Mangrove Rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus)?

Poster: Morgan King, University of Prince Edward Island

Defining the role of SOX4/SOX11 during nephrogenesis in vivo


Oral: Justine Trask, Cape Breton University

Influence of chito-oligosaccharide supplementation in zebrafish (Danio rerio) diet

Poster: Melanie Campbell, Cape Breton University

Evaluating the efficacy of iron binding chelation polymers for the inhibition of biofilm growth


Oral: Jennifer Poirier, Saint Francis Xavier University

The Eastern Mountain Avens: A survival story

Poster: Ashley Fletcher, Saint Mary's University

Horizontal transmission of the microsporidia, Nosema adaliae, from the Adalia bipunctata, to the Chrysoperla carnea


Laryssa Halat, St. Francis Xavier University

Skin shedding in a marine plant


Oral: Wesley Pitts, Acadia University

Determining if ex situ, in situ or one month captive-reared Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) hatchlings are more robust

Poster: Carl Kooka, Cape Breton University

Serotonergic regulation of aggressive behaviours in the gymnotiform fish Brachyhypopomus gauderio


Oral: Feng Tang, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Body condition of juvenile American lobsters, Homarus americanus, living on mud and cobble bottom

Poster: Jason McConnery, Dalhousie University

The Mechanism of [10]-Gingerol-induced Cytotoxicity in Breast Cancer Cells


Oral: Duncan MacGillivray, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Self-fertilization in lowbush blueberries: Does size matter?

Oral: Joey Carter, Dalhousie University

Callus induction and regeneration of the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis)

Poster: Lauren Farrow, Cape Breton University

Species richness and inventory completeness of two groups of beetles (Coleptera: Scarabaeoidea and Entiminae: Curculionidae) on Cape Breton Island

Poster: Lauren Wiebe, Saint Mary's University

Paternity, paternal care, and nestling condition in European starlings, Sturnus vulgaris


Oral: Carolyn Dohoo, Acadia University

Role of infection intensity on the ability of human macrophages to repeat phagocytosis of erythrocytes parasitised by Plasmodium falciparum

Poster (tie): Melissa Creasey, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

Effects of overbrowsing by moose on bird communities in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Poster (tie): Claire Coulter, Acadia University

The early honours student gets the worm(s): an analysis of recent changes in benthic communities in the Minas Basin

Science Atlantic Undergraduate Research Award


Oral, First: Lauren Sobot, St. Francis Xavier University University

DNA Cruciforms in Vibrio Species o

Oral, Second: Naomi Meed, University of New Brunswick - Fredericton

Fatal attraction? How land use can influence community composition of Atlantic bumblebees

Oral, Third: Kelsey Mercer, Saint Mary's University

Variability in Egg Hatching Time as Evidence of a Bet-Hedging Strategy in Japanese Medaka (Oryzias latipes)

Poster, First: Mia Francis, University of New Brunswick - Saint John

Impacts of sediment chemistry on the amphipod Corophium volutator in the Bay of Fundy.

Poster, Second: Brooke Dauphinee, Mount Saint Vincent University

Roles of temperature and blue light in aerobic methane emissions from canola plants

Poster, Third: Amy Dodge, St. Francis Xavier University

The Role of the Adenosine A1 Receptor and HIF1a in the Cross-Tolerance of Danio rerio to Hypoxia and Ammonia


Oral, First: Sarah Robertson, Acadia University

Docosahexaenoic Acid-Acylated Phloridzin, a Novel Compound Derived from Apple Phytochemicals and Fish Oil, Inhibits the Metabolic Activity and Proliferation of Colon Cancer Cells in vitro

Oral, Second: Sonya Radvan, Saint Mary’s University

Effects of inbreeding on fitness in the North Atlantic right whale

Oral, Third: Nicholas Zinck, Mount Saint Vincent University

The Roles of the BMP and WNT Signalling Pathways in Zebrafish Cartilage Development

Poster, First: Alison Gladwell, Dalhousie University

Acoustic monitoring of Leach’s Storm-petrels (Oceanodrama leucohora) as an index of nesting density

Poster, Second: Victoria Field, Cape Breton University

An Examination of the Impact of the Freshwater Mussel Elliptio complanata Has on Water Qualit,

Poster, Third: Rachel Corney, Saint Mary’s University

Extent of plasticity in the nuptial body coloration of the white ecotype of the Threespine Stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus)


Oral, First: Milagros Sanchez, Dalhousie University

Investigating dive characteristics of resting and non-resting behaviour in grey seals (Halichoerus grypus)

Oral, Second: Stacey Lee, Cape Breton University

Circadian and sex-linked gene expression of melanocortin receptor 5 and androgen receptor in the electric organ of Brachyhypopomus gauderio

Oral, Third: Hannah Mackellar, Mount Allison University

Diet and fattening rates of Semipalmated Sandpipers (Calidris pusilla) and Semipalmated Plovers (Charadrius semipalmatus) staging in the Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick

Poster, First: Victoria Cluney, Saint Mary's University

The relationship between anal fin size and behavioural traits of male Japanese medaka, and their importance in reproductive success across varying social settings

Poster, Second: Emma Blanche, Acadia University

Viral spread of Black Queen Cell Virus in managed and wild bees in Canada

Poster, Third: Brock Burgess, Acadia University

Nest density of Orange-belted Bumble Bees


Oral, First: Kira More, Dalhousie University

The cellular identity, phylogenetic placement, and autecology of marine vampyrellid amoebae from cultured isolates

Oral, Second: Emily Evans, Acadia University

Mixed mating and its ecological impact on an endangered plant

Oral, Third (tie): Kaitlin Burek, Dalhousie University

Recruitment and survival of kelp on turf-forming algae in Nova Scotia

Oral, Third (tie): Rowan Murphy, St. Francis Xavier University

Testing the horizontal transmission hypothesis in a green alga - spotted salamander symbiosis

Poster, First: Yayra Gbotsyo, Saint Mary's University

Effect of cold-shock on heat shock proteins (HSPs) in nauplii of Artemia franciscana, , brine shrimp

Poster, Second: Isabelle Jubinville, Dalhousie University

Aerobic performance during migration indicates a physiological trade-Off with reproduction in female macaroni penguins

Poster, Third: Adam Palayew, Mount Allison University

The use of ITS2 secondary structure to recognize diatom species


Oral, First: Emily Bond, Dalhousie University

Pre-nesting behaviour of Western Atlantic leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea

Oral, Second: Jacob Hambrook, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Insights into the establishment and regional expansion of an exotic swim bladder nematode of American eels

Oral, Third: Taylor Brown, Acadia University

Fall migration decisions of Northern Saw-whet Owls at an ecological barrier  

Poster, First: Thomas Huynh, Dalhousie University

In Vitro validation of FAM156 as a potential mediator of paclitaxel resistance in breast cancer

Poster, Second: Natasha Collins, Memorial University

Investigation of growth rates in thyasirid bivalves

Poster, Third: Alyssa BeLong, Mount Allison University

Identification of Rickettsia species in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ticks

Poster, Honourable Mention: Melanie Bishop, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Testing the effects of sediment acidification and predator cues on the burrowing behaviour of juvenile Mya arenaria

Poster, Honourable Mention: Hilary Brewis, Dalhousie University

Landscape Genetics Of Lake Chub (Couseius Plumbeus, ) In A Branching River Drainage In Northern Labrador


Oral, First: Laryssa Halat, St. Francis Xavier University

Skin shedding in a marine plant

Oral, Second: Kathleen Hipwell, Saint Mary's University

Worm worries: Anthelmintic resistance of worms in sheep

Oral, Third: Gregory Haller, Mount Saint Vincent University

Determining the effects of inhibitors on the development of chick scleral ossicles in vitro

Poster, First: Zhengcheng He, University of Prince Edward Island

Probiotics do not enhance anti-hypertensive effect of blueberry diets in hypertensive rats

Poster, Second: Zoe O'Malley, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Using exuviae to determine odonate population sex ratio and body size at emergence

Poster, Third: Sasha Power, Saint Mary's University

Post injury neuroplasticity in the cornea

Poster, Honourable Mention: Brianna Burns, Mount Saint Vincent University

Geographic variation in magnolia warbler songs

Poster, Honourable Mention: Samantha Crowley, Dalhousie University

The effects of temperature on spatial patterns of trophic control in large marine ecosystems


Oral, First: Jacqueline Carverhill, Mount Allison University

What Goes In Must Come Out: Quantifying Nitrogen Emissions from Crop Residue Degradation

Oral, Second: Jessica Gould, Dalhousie University

Investigation of possible non-thermal effects on Uk'37 values from Atlantic and Western Equatorial Pacific suspended particulate samples: Implications for Uk'37 Paleothermometry

Oral, Third: Jakob Vogul, Dalhousie University

Faculty of Agriculture, Effect of Exposure to Individual Ration Components on Feed Sorting Behaviour of Dairy Heifers

Oral, Honourable Mention: Nicholas Benfey, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Cloning and expression of Ancylostoma- secreted-protein homologues secreted by Parelaphostrongylus tenuis

Poster, First: Kascia White, Saint Mary's University

How coral species Porites astreoides responds to effects of Ocean Acidification

Poster, Second: Carl Kooka, Cape Breton University

Serotonergic regulation of aggressive behaviours in the gymnotiform fish Brachyhypopomus gauderio

Poster, Third: Anna Duncan, Mount Allison University

Assessing potential hybridization between Ixodes cookei and Ixodes scapularis as a factor in the spread of Lyme disease in New Brunswick

Poster, Honourable Mention: Nizam Farah and Alexander Maxan, Dalhousie University

Methylene Blue Therapy in Experimental Septic Shock


Oral, First: Abigail White, Mount Allison University

Duration of stay and movements of Semipalmated Sandpipers during migratory stopover in the upper Bay of Fundy

Oral, Second: Julie Colpitts, Acadia University

Biological Evaluation of Metal-Containing Compounds to Assess Potential for Use in Photodynamic Therapy

Oral, Third: Katie Kowarski, Dalhousie University

The effects of remote biopsy sampling on long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) in Pleasant Bay N.S.

Poster, First: Shane Rajaraman, Saint Mary's University

Effectiveness of Halifax Produced FDG in the PET/CT Evaluation of Patients with Suspected Lung Cancer and Impact on Patient Management

Poster, Second: Yueyang Zhang, University of New Brunswick, Saint John

Some Like it Hot!- The Critical Thermal Maximum (CTMax) and hematology of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) acclimated to three temperatures.

Poster, Third: John Loggie, Mount Allison University

Intra(Sub)Specific Differentiation of Migratory Alaskan Dunlin, Calidris alpina  


Oral, First: Karissa Milbury, Dalhousie University

Identification of Halophilic Protozoa via Environmental PCR

Oral, Second: Joshua Lee, Dalhousie University

The duplicated cellular retinoic acid-binding protein genes and tissue-specific distribution of their transcripts in adult medaka (Oryzias latipes), the Japanese rice fish

Oral, Third: Jordan Poley, University of Prince Edward Island

Effects of immunostimulatory feeds on atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) responses to sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) infection

Poster, First: Amy Brown, Mount Allison University

The Effects of Wolbachia Infection on the Drosophila Epigenome

Poster, Second: Dylan Schneider, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Abiotic and Biotic Differences in Salt Pannes of Maritime Salt Marshes

Poster, Third: Jenai Lowe, Dalhousie University

Dynamic Properties of Carbon Dioxide Transduction by Drosophila Antennal Sensilla


Oral, First: Jeff Clements, Cape Breton University

Feeding ecology of the Northern Moonsnail (Euspira heros) (Gastropoda: Naticidae) in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Oral, Second: Melissa Hebert, Mount Allison University

Diurnaland nocturnal foraging behaviours of staging Semipalmated Sandpipers in the upper Bay of Fundy

Oral, Third: Hannah Buhariwalla, St Francis Xavier University

Cold-induced adaptations in mitochondria-rich cells of eurythermal teleost fish Fundulus heteroclitus

Poster, First: Meaghan O’Neill, University of New Brunswick

Observations on the epidemiology of Loma morhua during aquaculture of Atlantic cod

Poster, Second: Andrew Coombs, Dalhousie University

The Notch Signaling Pathway plays a Significant Role in Mast Cell Development in the Zebrafish

Poster, Third: Patricia Howse, Memorial University

Potential impacts of Snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) browsing on forest regeneration in the boreal forest of Central and Western Newfoundland


Oral, First: James Hudson, St. Francis Xavier University

Pretreatment with sodium butyrate attenuates amphetamine-induced sensitization

Poster, First: Daniel Belliveau, Dalhousie University

Divergence of the spatio-temporal regulation for duplicated retinol-binding protein 7 (rbp7) genes in zebrafish (Denio rerio)


Oral: Rhys Cavanagh, Acadia University

Bugs and drugs: The effect of octopamine on the sensitivity of female olfactory receptor neurons to their own sex pheromone in Heliothis virescens

Poster: Grace Lotz, Dalhousie University

Impact of rare earth additions on metal oxide negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries

Botany Award


Oral: Terrell Roulston, Saint Mary's University

Comparison of pollinator assemblages on agricultural dykelands in the Bay of Fundy

Poster: Brooke Dauphinee, Mount Saint Vincent University

Roles of temperature and blue light in aerobic methane emissions from canola plants


Oral: Caitlyn Zamora, Dalhousie University

Determination of genome size, chromosome number and chromosomal ploidy in Aponogeton madagascariensis (lace plant)

Poster: Bridget Biermann, Saint Mary’s University

Vegetation type affects nutrient concentrations in green roof runoff


Oral: Allison Ford, Memorial University

The ecology and effects of the bark beetle species, Dryocoetes krivolutzkajae, on roseroot populations in Newfoundland, Canada

Poster: Emma Mcdermott, University of Prince Edward Island

Effects of PEI Berries blueberry purée on renal oxidative stress


Oral: Emily Evans, Acadia University

Mixed mating and its ecological impact on an endangered plant

Poster: Adam Palayew, Mount Allison University

The use of ITS2 secondary structure to recognize diatom species


Emily Corkum, Dalhousie University

Floral sex allocation in three species of Lobelia


Oral: Michael Buckland-Nicks, Saint Mary's University

GIS-based analysis to understand the effects of environmental variability on the growth and success of native plants on green roofs

Poster: Hardy Strom, University of Prince Edward Island

Analysis of the salt pan marine fungal community


Oral: Mike Ogden, University of Prince Edward Island

A comparative analysis of leaf development in two species of Cecropia with contrasting leaf morphology

Poster: Nakia Cullain, Dalhousie University

Seasonality of eelgrass (Zostera marina) and associated community in Nova Scotia, Canada


Oral: Michelle MacDonald, University of Prince Edward Island

Assessing pathogenicity and chemical sensitivity of Fusarium spp. infecting carrots

Poster: Simon Lay, Dalhousie University

Seasonality of a Nova Scotian rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) associated community and the potential impacts of rockweed harvesting


Oral: Annie Livingstone, St. Francis Xavier University

A sequence of events: unraveling the history behind an algal-vertebrate symbiosis

Poster: Kylie Tingley, University of Prince Edward Island

Dispersal and adaptation in a coastal beach plant


Oral: Jamie Wertman, Dalhousie University

Do mitochondria catalyze programmed cell death in the Lace plant?

Poster: Sara MacLellan, St. Francis Xavier University

Mutation mediated disruption of cellulose synthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana

Honourable: Erica Fraser, Mount Saint Vincent University

Patterns of organic nitrogen utilization in fungal root endophytes


Oral: Duncan MacGillivray, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Self-fertilization in lowbush blueberries: Does size matter?

Poster: Kyle Roherty, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton

Examination of programmed cell death hallmarks in Heterosigma akashiwo during HaRNAV infection


Oral: Kendra Sauerteig, Dalhousie University

Actin microfilament dynamics and programmed cell death in the lace plant (Aponogeton madagascariensis)

Poster: Adam McNamara, Nova Scotia Agricultural College

The light/dark effects on the sink/source transition and minor vein differentiation in developing tobacco leave

Oral, Honourable: Colin McVarish, Cape Breton University

Towards the development of a sustainable fishery for the waved whelk (Buccinum undatum) off eastern Cape Breton Island

Poster, Honourable: Leanne Clattenburg, Saint Mary’s University

The role of endogenous CAPON in neuronal differentiation

High School Students’ Choice Poster Award


First: Fielding Montgomery, Dalhousie University

Canine scent detection of larval Tetropium fuscum in winter field conditions: a potential application for forest pest management

Second: Gretchen Wagner, Dalhousie University

A transgenic zebrafish model of NUP98-HOXA9 induced myeloid disease reveals a stem cell origin and dependence on Meis1

Third: Drew Rajaraman, Saint Mary's University

Development of a Tracking and Guidance App for Long-term Thyroid Hormone Management for use by Thyroid Cancer Patients