University Research Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, Memorial University, St. John's, NL
Dr. Snelgrove is a Professor of Ocean Sciences and Biology at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada. Since 2008 he has been Director of the NSERC Canadian Healthy Oceans Network, a national research network in Canada that has already trained some 100 students working on all 3 of Canada’s oceans to develop new tools and approaches to support sustainable oceans. From 2003-2013, Dr. Snelgrove held a Canada Research Chair in Boreal and Cold Ocean Systems, and prior to that an NSERC Industrial Chair in Fisheries Conservation. He recently led the synthesis of the International Census of Marine Life research program, where he was a member of the program’s Scientific Steering Committee. Dr. Snelgrove published the book “Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life: Making Ocean Life Count” with Cambridge University Press in 2010 and was a TED Global speaker in 2011. He was awarded the 2013 Timothy Parsons Medal for Excellence in Marine Sciences in Canada. He sits on the editorial boards of 5 international journals and has reviewed hundreds of manuscripts and proposals for a wide range of international journals and funding agencies around the world. He is frequently called upon as an expert panelist in Canada, and US and Europe, and has been an invited plenary speaker at meetings around the world.
Dr. Snelgrove received a BSc. Hons degree in Biology at Memorial in 1984, a Master’s degree in Oceanography from McGill University in 1984 and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1993. He spent 3 years in New Jersey as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, followed by 8 months as a Killam Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Oceanography at Dalhousie University. In 1996 he accepted a faculty position at Memorial University, where he is now a Professor of Biological Oceanography in the Department of Ocean Sciences and Biology Department. He held the 2012 Knapp Visiting Chair 2013 in the Department of Marine Science & Environmental Studies at University of San Diego, and was a Walter and Andée de Nottbeck Foundation Senior Research Fellow at the Tvärminnen Zoological Station, University of Helsinki in 2012.