Jenna MacKinnon, MSc Candidate


To continue celebrating the International Day of Women in Science (February 11th), CHONe is featuring some of its students and their research throughout the week.

Today we’re featuring Jenna MacKinnon, MSc student, Memorial University. Jenna’s research quantifies the effects of environmental stressors, such as increasing ocean temperature and decreasing pH, on healthy fats at the base of marine food webs. She is tracing omega-3 and omega-6 fats in plankton from the Canadian Arctic to see how climate change is affecting our healthy fat source. To learn more about Jenna’s research visit her CHONe profile and read the Q&A below.

Q&A with Jenna

Q1: Why is your research important/making a difference? 

A1: My research is directly linked to the harsh impacts of climate change. A warmer, more acidic ocean means phytoplankton, producers of healthy marine fats, need to adjust this fat production in order to cope with environmental conditions. Because these healthy fats are essential to our diet, understanding how this source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids changes will be vital as our environment continues to change.

Q2: Why did you choose to get involved in the science field?  

A2: I was very interested in general sciences at a young age, but it was only after working as a supervisor with the Richmond Bay Watershed Association that I became incredibly passionate about the environment, including both freshwater and marine conservation.
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NSERC Science, Action! Contest

Check out Jenna’s video submission to the NSERC Science, Action! contest; learn more about her research and view/share to help her advance to the next round of the contest.