Bryan Morse

Ph.D. candidate, University of New Brunswick


Email: bryanlmorse@gmail.com

Personal Website: twitter.com/bryanlmorse

CV (Résumé)



B.Sc. - 2003-2007 - University of New Brunswick

M.Sc. - 2007-2009 - University of New Brunswick

Ph.D - 2010-2014 - University of New Brunswick 


Keywords: American lobster, movement, activity levels, population ecology, home range, population connectivity, ultrasonic telemetry, tagging, spatial ecology

Movement and Activity of the American Lobster (Homarus americanus) and Implications for Population Ecology, Structure and Dynamics
(CFRN Project: 1.2 - Metapopulation dynamics, management areas and biological units of lobster in eastern Canada) 
Supervisor: Rémy Rochette 


The main objective of this thesis is to quantify movement and activity of the American Lobster in order to determine implications for population ecology, structure and dynamics. The first chapter evaluates whether the current life history scheme for juvenile benthic phase American lobsters accurately describes lobster movement in the field using an ultrasonic telemetry tracking system. The second chapter expands the size range of lobsters to include adults as well as expanding the scale of ultrasonic tracking, both in area and temporal duration. Again the current life history scheme will be evaluated, and this larger study will investigate seasonal changes in movements, and questions about habitat use. The third chapter utilizes a unique data set which includes multiyear recaptures of ovigerous females which will be used to assess how behaviour limits habitat use across years, and if there is a relationship between lobster recaptures and lifetime spawning area size.

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