Emily Higgins

M.Sc. Candidate
Co-supervised by Robert Scheibling (Dept. of Biology, Dalhousie University)


My research focuses on sessile EmilyHigginsbenthic invertebrate assemblages from coral reef communities in the Red Sea. I am interested in what processes affect patterns of recruitment for different invertebrate taxonomic groups on a floating experimental reef (FER), a land-based artificial reef, and the natural reefs in Eilat, Israel. Of particular interest is the effect that herbivorous fish have on invertebrate colonization by consuming larval settlers as they graze. The main objective is to disentangle the mechanisms of change in coral reef communities in natural and artificial environments. This is directly applicable for the effective management and conservation of endangered reef fauna.


Dalhousie University, Department of Biology
M.Sc. Candidate
September 2015-Present

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB
Department of Anthropology
B.A. Honours in Archaeology, Minor in Biology
May 2013


NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s (National; 2015)
Nova Scotia Innovation and Research Entrance Graduate Scholarship 2015
Florence L. Murray Memorial Scholarship (Institutional; 2012)
Carlton C. Covey Scholarship (Institutional; 2011)
Sir George E. Foster Scholarship (Institutional; 2011)


Archaeology Honours Thesis: The Ethnobotany of an Empire: Cultural Implications of Imperialism through Diet Reconstruction and Botanical Analyses from Roman Britain.
Supervisor: Maria Papaioannou

Biology Independent Study Thesis: An Investigation of the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis at Killarney Lake in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Supervisor: Les Cwynar


Volunteer Research Assistant – Larval and Deep-Sea Ecology Lab
Dalhousie University, October 2014 – April 2015

Volunteer Research Assistant – Benthic Ecology Lab
Dalhousie University, October 2014 – April 2015

Teaching Assistant, Field Methods (Cumidava Archaeological Research Project)
Archaeotek – SUNY Buffalo, June 2012 – August 2013

Lab Research Assistant – Tasmanian Macro-charcoal Project
University of New Brunswick, November 2011 – May 2013

Teaching Assistant, Botany (BIOL 2083)
University of New Brunswick, September 2012 – December 2012

Field Research Assistant – White Pine History in the Boreal Forest
University of New Brunswick, May 2012 – August 2012

Unit Supervisor (Qubur el-Walaydah Archaeological Project)
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, July 2011 – August 2011