Graeme Guy

Ms.c. Student

Current research

My research will focus on understanding the spatial distribution and population connectivity of deep-water corals off the coast of Nova Scotia.  For discontinuous and spatially fragmented populations of coral, connectivity is an important factor in determining the ability of populations to recover from perturbations.  I intend to use Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) footage, existing presence-absence records, substrate classification, and other environmental data to produce fine-scale benthic habitat maps for deep-water corals on the Scotian Shelf.  I will then assess larval connectivity between coral populations using hydrodynamic modelling.  Deep-water corals have become an international conservation priority as they create habitat for deep-sea species by adding complexity to the seafloor and my research will provide valuable information for designing deep-water coral protection measures in Atlantic Canada.