Job Title: Operations Technologist/ Plankton Dynamics
Employer: Ocean Science and Productivity Division@ The Institute of Ocean Sciences, Sidney, BC, Science Branch, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Place of Birth: Maracaibo, Venezuela
Public School attended: The British Elementary School Caracas, Venezuela; St Gregory's Elementary Toronto, Ontario
High School attended: Michael Power HS, Toronto, Ontario
Further Education: McMaster University (B.Sc.).
Geographic focus of research: 1973-1978: Ontario (CCIW) = Great Lakes; 1978-1983: Ontario (CCIW) = Arctic; 1983-2000: British Columbia (IOS)
Brief synopsis of current research:
Study of size distribution of various zooplankton species in the NE Pacific, especially Euphausiids (krill). Study of developmental life stages of certain copepod zooplankton. Determination of timing of different stages, along with changing length of time at the surface.
Mackas, D.L, R. Kieser, M. Saunders, D.R. Yelland, R.M. Brown, and D.F. Moore. 1997. Aggresgation of euphausiids and Pacific Hake along the outer continental shelf off Vancouver Island. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. In press.
Bornhold, E.A., Forbes, J.R., Moore, D.F., and Yelland, D.R., 1994, Phytoplankton and associated biophysical data, Southern Gulf Islands, B.C., Vol. 2:1993, Can. Data Report of Hydrog. and Ocean Sciences
Mackas, D.L., and Moore, D.F., 1994., Net tow sampling of euphausiid populations in and near Jervis Inlet: 1990-1993, PSARC Working Paper I94-08
Burd, B.J., Moore, D.F., and Brinkhurst, R.O., 1987, Distribution and abundance of macrobenthic infauna from Boundary Bay and Mud Bay near B.C./U.S. border, Can. Tech. Report of Hydrog. and Ocean Sciences
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