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Curriculum Vitae, Interesssi di Ricerca, Pubblicazioni, Progetti di Ricerca di Gregory Neils Puncher, Dottorando di Ricerca Erasmus Mundus in Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation (MARES) del Lab. GenoDREAM
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Gregory Neils Puncher

MSc in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

PhD Marine Ecosystem Health and Conservation (01.12 - Present)

Erasmus Mundus Joint European Doctoral Degree Programme: UNIVERSITÀ DI BOLOGNA – AZTI TECNALIA – UNIVERSITEIT GENTResearch Line: Assessing and modelling population structure and recruitment dynamics of the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna under a fishery-independent research framework using molecular techniques (NGS).

MSc Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (09.09 – 05.11)

Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master's Degree Programme: UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE – UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO – UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Thesis: Assessment of seafood sustainability and traceability within the seafood industry: Developing a Sustainable Seafood Policy for the University of the Algarve.
Achievements: Awarded Carlo Heip (Awarded to best all round student of cohort ~50pers.)
Graduated with the highest distinction

B.Sc. Marine & Freshwater Biology, Honours (09.00-05.05)
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH, Ontario, Canada
Achievements: Awarded the Bryant Family Scholarship for academic excellence (2004)

WORK EXPERIENCE
Coral Reef Alliance (10.11 – 01.12)
Title: Consultant for grant funded project: Optimization of Protected Areas’ Patrol Network in the Bay Islands, Honduras.
BioVault Limited (02.08 – 03.09)
Title: Training Supervisor and Administrative Assistant for the UK’s largest cryogenic human tissue and stem cell storage facility. Plymouth, UK (www.bio-vault.com)
Roatan Marine Park (03.05 – 09.07)
Title: Director of Research and Development for NGO responsible for conservation efforts in the Sandy Bay-West End Marine Park, Bay Islands, Honduras (www.roatanmarinepark.com)
University of Guelph in collaboration with Acadia University (05.03 - 12.04)
Title: Researcher for a project determining the carbon content of individual copepods and naupliar larvae and seasonal population densities of bacteria, autotrophs and heterotrophic flagellates and ciliates in the Passamaquoddy Bay. Lab assistant for a project determining the ecological threat of invasive Bythotrephes cederstroemi, in Great Lakes region of Canada.
Huntsman Marine Science Center, St Andrews, New Brunswick (05.01 - 09.02)
Title: Lab Assistant for a project elucidating the ecological role and trophic position of juvenile copepods and naupliar larvae in the Bay of Fundy using radio isotope analysis, spectrophotometry and fluorescent microscopy.

SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
2012 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (Doctoral Degree)
2011 Carlo Heip Prize
2009 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (Master's Degree)
2004 Bryant Family Scholarship

LANGUAGES
English (First language), Spanish (Fluent), Italian (Intermediate B1), French (Conversational), Portuguese (Conversational)

VOLUNTEERING
Founder & Coordinator of EcoSessions International (2009-11)
Founder & Coordinator of Campaign for Fisheries Reform and CAMARSUS Portugal (2010-11)
Plymouth Area Networker for Greenpeace UK (2007- 08)
Public Liaison and Event Coordinator for Plymouth Environment Centre (2007-08)

Interesssi di Ricerca

My current research interests focus on the use of molecular techniques in the traceability of marine resources to better improve conservation efforts.

Pubblicazioni

Mejia A.Y., Puncher G.N. and Engelen A.H. (2012) Macroalgae in tropical marine coastal systems. In: Wiencke C. and Bischof K. eds. Seaweed Biology: Novel Insights into Ecophysiology, Ecology and Utilization. Berlin: Springer pp 329-358.

PUBLICATIONS CONTAINING ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Finlay K and Roff JC (2004) Radiotracer determination of the diet of calanoid copepod nauplii and copepodites in a temperate estuary. ICES Journal of Marine Science 61:552-562.
Hovius JT, Beisner BB, McCann KS (2006) Epilimnetic rotifer community responses to Bythotrephes longimanus invasion in Canadian Shield lakes. Limnol Oceanogr 51:1004-1012.
Strecker AL, Arnott SE, Yan ND, Girard R (2006) Variation in the response of crustacean zooplankton species richness and composition to the invasive predator Bythotrephes
longimanus. Can J Fish Aquat Sci 63:6126-6136.
Strecker AL and Arnott SE (2008) Invasive predator, Bythotrephes, has varied effects on ecosystem function in freshwater lakes. Ecosystems 11:490-503.

Progetti di Ricerca

The aim of my PhD studies will be to utilize the latest technology available to genotype a wide array of contemporary and historical Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, samples collected from a broad range of age classes and geographic locations. The data generated will be compared to elucidate population structure and adaptive changes through time in response to fishery pressure and a changing environment. The results will be incorporated into a predictive modelling framework that integrates fishery, environmental and genetic information in order to develop novel management tools for the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. This research is made possible via collaboration with the ICCAT - GBYP consortium.

Collaborazioni Scientifiche

ICCAT Atlantic wide research programme for Bluefin Tuna (GBYP)

Didattica

Altre notizie

MANUSCRIPTS REVIEWED FOR THE FOLLOWING JOURNALS
Revista de Biología Tropical / International Journal of Tropical Biology and Conservation (2012)