Monika Neufeld

B.Sc. Student

Current Research

I have started working in the Metaxas lab this summer as a Co-op and NSERC student. My project will review existing knowledge on the megafaunal communities inhabiting inactive hydrothermal vents and collect new data using video surveys done by the cabled observatory Ocean Networks Canada and Dr. Jamieson (MUN). The ongoing pressure to exploit metal deposits from the deep sea has led to the proposition of mining currently inactive hydrothermal vent sites. However, the species that occupy these ecosystems and their potential for recovery is poorly known. This project will quantify biodiversity and community structure on the west coast of Canada. I will also be involved in conducting field work on the Eastern Shore for M.Sc. candidates Arieanna Balbar and Conrad Pratt, as well as Kate Arpin and Claire Attridge for their undergraduate research projects. 


B. Sc. Concentrated Honours in Marine Biology, Co-operative Education

Department of Biology

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

September 2016 – present

Scholarships and Awards

  • Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship and Renewable Bursary (2016-2017)
  • Dalhousie In-Course Scholarship (2017-2018)
  • David Durward Memorial Prize (2019)
  • Dalhousie grant to attend the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (2019)
  • Nancy Witherspoon Memorial Summer Research Award – NSERC USRA (2019)
  • Dalhousie University Dean’s List (2016-2019)

Relevant Experience

Naturalist/Research Assistant

Brier Island Whale and Seabird Cruises


Student Analyst

Northern Bottlenose Whale Project

Dalhousie Integrated Science Program

Whitehead lab, Dalhousie University, Biology Department


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