Monika Neufeld

Honours and prospective Msc student

Current Research

There has been increasing interest in mining polymetallic sulfide deposits at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, leading to the development of environmental regulations to minimize risk to the marine environment. While an extensive body of literature exists on the ecological communities at active vents, fauna at inactive hydrothermal vents are poorly described. My project aims to characterize the structure of megafaunal assemblages at inactive hydrothermal vents on two segments of the Juan de Fuca Ridge, NE Pacific. I am using video footage collected by the remotely operated vehicle ROPOS in August 2016 to investigate how the faunal community on inactive sulfide deposits changes with distance from active venting, and how the community differs from other hard substrates on the Ridge. I also assist in conducting field work on the Eastern Shore for PhD and MSc candidates Arieanna Balbar and Conrad Pratt, as well as undergraduate research projects. 


B. Sc. Concentrated Honours in Marine Biology
Department of Biology
Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
September 2016 – present

Scholarships and Awards

  • Vemco Scholarship in Marine Biology (2020)
  • Hugh P. Bell Award (2020)
  • Rob Stewart Undergraduate Summer Research Award in Marine Conservation (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award) (2020)
  • Dal/BIOS Fund (2019)
  • CABIOS (2019)
  • Study/Work International Fund (SWIF) (2019)
  • Nancy Witherspoon Memorial Summer Research Award (NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award) (2019)
  • David Durward Memorial Prize (2019)
  • Dalhousie In-Course Scholarship (2017)
  • Dalhousie Entrance Scholarship (2016)
  • Dalhousie Renewable Bursary (2016)

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


Faunal communities at inactive hydrothermal vents. Dr. Anna Metaxas, Dr. John Jamieson.
5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity, Auckland, New Zealand


Teaching Assistant – Evolution (BIOL2040)
Department of Biology, Studley Campus, Dalhousie University

Student Researcher (Rob Stewart Undergraduate Summer Research Award in Marine
Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University

Student Intern and Fieldwork Assistant
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Student Researcher (Nancy Witherspoon Memorial Summer Research Award)
Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University

Contact Information

Monika.Neufeld at