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Dr. C.T. Taggart

Job Title: Associate Professor, Fisheries Oceanography
Employer: Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University
Place of Birth: Manitoba, Canada
Further Education: Carleton University (B.Sc.), York University (M.Sc.), McGill University (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Atlantic Provinces, Marine and Oceanic, Coral Sea (Australia).

Brief synopsis of current research:
General Research Area: Fisheries oceanography; field and laboratory, primarily focused on physical, ecological, biochemical and genetic influences on early life history (distribution, survival and growth) and recruitment in fish and on fish population structure, abundance and distribution.

Mailing address:
Oceanography Department, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, CANADA, B3H 4J1


Website: OR

Recent Publications:

deYoung, B., Peterman, R.M., Dobell, A.R., Pinkerton, E., Breton, Y., Charles, A.T., Fogarty, M.J., Munro, G.R., and Taggart, C.T. 1999. Canadian marine fisheries in a changing and uncertain world. Can. Spec. Publ. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 129. 199p.

Ruzzante, D.E., C.T. Taggart, and D. Cook. 1998. A nuclear DNA basis for shelf- and bank-scale population structure in northwest Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua): Labrador to Georges Bank. Mol. Ecol. 7:1663-1680.

Lochmann, S.E., C.T. Taggart, D.A. Griffin, K.R. Thompson, G.A. Maillet. 1997. Abundance and condition of larval cod (Gadus morhua) at a convergent front on Western Bank, Scotian Shelf. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 54:1461-1479.

Taggart, C.T. and K.F. Frank. 1990. Perspectives on larval fish ecology and recruitment processes: probing the scales of relationships. IN: K. Sherman and L.M. Alexander. Patterns, processes, and yields of large marine ecosystems. AAAS Selected Symposium Series. Chp.12 p.151-164.

Taggart, C.T. and W.C. Leggett. 1987. Wind-forced hydrodynamics and their interactions with larval fish and plankton abundances: A time-series analysis of physical-biological data. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 44(2): 438-451.

Canada has the best and most inovative aquatic science researchers in the world and this is best reflected by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences that has been repeatedly demostrated as the THE #1 aquatic research journal in the world, and the most interdiciplinary. Unfortunately, most Canadians do not recognize this wealth of excellence in research, training and education. This is puzzlinig given our wealth of freshwater and marine habitats, species diversity, and their inherent ecological importance and resource base. Thus, in comparison with the rest of the world, support for aquatic research and training in Canada is well below that of nations of comparable status and responsibility. Thus, a many of our excellent young Canadian graduates and researchers are exported.