OGEN Inaugural Cohort

Ocean Graduate Excellence Network (OGEN)
Jan 13, 2021
Feb 12, 2021
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Student / Graduate
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Shape the future of the ocean

The Ocean Frontier Institute is proud to present OGEN – The Ocean Graduate Excellence Network.

Uniting excellent graduate training with broader experience through partners including industry and government, OGEN builds a unique research nexus. OGEN provides full-spectrum, hands-on graduate training experience designed to equip the next generation of ocean researchers for the global job market.

Graduate student fellowships granted through our partner universities incorporate training experiences and hands-on learning beyond traditional academic. Students enrich their academic experience with individualized training programs improving job-readiness.

OGEN can help you embark on a Masters and/or PhD in ocean research through partner universities’ degree programs (Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Prince Edward Island and University of New Brunswick).

We also bring you access to transformational experiences and connections preparing you for 21st century careers. These include summer schools, workshops, entrepreneurship training, internships with industry and more. Logging these as microcredentials will help you to unlock novel career opportunities.

You will network with like-minded thinkers in Canada and internationally.


Current Opportunities

National Research Council - Starting in 2021

  • Assessing the role of nature-based infrastructure in mitigating coastal erosion; Dr. Carissa Brown: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Geography
  • Estimating the size of micro-plastics floating underwater using image processing of the photo-acoustic data received by a phased-array; Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet: Dalhousie University, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Risk and cost mitigation through determination of tidal turbine loading under real turbulent tidal flow conditions; Dr. Dominic Groulx: Dalhousie University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Investigation and development of green processes to valorize shellfish residues for applications in aquaculture feed and biomaterials; Dr. Kelly Hawboldt: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Process Engineering
  • Characterization and applications of biogenic nanomaterials from salmon aquaculture processing waste; Dr. Francesca Kerton: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Chemistry
  • Coupling nutrient remediation to optimized biomass production through sequential cultivation of algae and thraustochytrids; Dr. Hugh MacIntyre: Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography
  • Understanding social license for nature-based coastal adaptation: a longitudinal culturomic approach; Dr. Kate Sherren: Dalhousie University, School for Resource and Environmental Studies
  • Autonomous Fleet Ice Management via Reinforcement Learning; Dr. Andrew Vardy: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Computer Science & ECE (Joint)
  • A machine learning method to support shipping operations in ice: applications to tactical voyage routing and strategic regulatory assessment; Dr. Brian Veitch: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Deep learning models and best practices for measuring the effects of seismic oil and gas exploration on commercial fish; Dr. Christopher Whidden: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Computer Science

Graphite Innovation & Technologies - Starting in 2021

  • Development and characterization of durable foul release smart marine coatings (Materials Science)
  • Life cycle assessment of Smart Marine Coatings (Engineering)
  • Study of the fundamental elements of biofouling growth of engineered surfaces (Biology or Chemistry)


Ocean Frontier Institute Phase 2 Large Research Projects -Starting in 2021

  • Offshore Groundwater Resources in a Changing Marine Environment (2 positions available)
    Dr. Vittorio Maselli, Dalhousie University
  • Sustainable Nunatsiavut Futures (2 positions available)
    Dr. Melanie Zurba, Dalhousie University; Dr. Amanda Bates, Memorial University & Dr. Jörn Schmid, Dalhousie University
  • Northwest Atlantic Biological Carbon Pump (6 positions available)
    Dr. Stephanie Kienast; Dr. Markus Kienast; Dr. Erin BertrandDr. Doug WallaceDr. Julie LaRocheDr. Vincent Sieben. Dalhousie University


Visit our website to learn more about these opportunities.