Fish behaviour

July 3, 2014

In June, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced the results of the 2014 Discovery Grants, scholarships and fellowship competitions for universities across the country. Four MacEwan University faculty members received grants, including Trevor Hamilton, psychology, whose earlier research on the effects of carbon dioxide–induced ocean acidification on fish led to the research for which he has received this grant.

What did you receive the grant for?

I received this grant to study the effects that carbon dioxide–induced freshwater acidification may have on fish. It is related to my previous work with CO2-induced ocean acidification, except this time I will be looking at what happens to freshwater fish. We will be examining basic locomotion, anxiety, memory and how different receptors may change their distribution in the brain.

What have you discovered?

We are still in the preliminary stages of our research, but we have discovered that CO2-induced freshwater acidification has pronounced effects on fish behaviour. I would love to tell you more, but we still need to repeat some pilot studies and increase our statistical power before coming to any conclusions.

How will the NSERC grant aid in your research?

This grant is incredibly valuable to my research because it will provide funding for equipment, publication costs, research assistants and dissemination.

How has this research influenced your teaching?

By performing this research, I can discuss the potentially detrimental impact of burning fossil fuels on our immediate environment.

Interviews with other 2014 NSERC Discovery Grant recipients:

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