CERC.OCEAN

Chris L'Esperance

PhD Chemical Oceanography student

email: chris.lesperance@dal.ca
campus location: SOSB, Rm. 2-36

Educational Background

  • MSc Chemical Oceanography, Dalhousie University
  • BSc Marine Biology, Dalhousie University

Research Interests

  • Ocean biogeochemistry
  • Ocean acidification
  • Analytical instrumentation

Awards & Honours

  • Marine Technology Society Charles H. Bussmann Graduate Student Scholarship - 2017
  • Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship - 2017
  • Nova Scotia Offshore Energy Research Association Student Travel Award - 2016
  • Link Foundation Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation Ph.D. Fellowship - 2014
  • Constance I. MacFarlane Scholarship, Dalhousie University - 2003

Fieldwork

  1. R/V Meteor M135 cruise (SFB754) in collaboration with GEOMAR, Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozean - forschung, Kiel, Germany. Valparaiso, Chile to Callao, Peru. Deliberate and transient tracer survey. Feb. 2017. 
  2. Dorado unmanned surface vehicle sea trials, M/V Researcher operated by International Subma- rine Engineering Ltd., Indian Arm, British Columbia. June 2016. 
  3. Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP), Northwest Atlantic Ocean, CLIVAR Repeat Hydrogra- phy Section AR07W, CCGS Hudson, Ocean Circulation Section (OCS), Ocean Sciences Division (OSD), Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. Carbonate chemistry & transient tracer survey. Apr. 2010. 
  4. Orphan Knoll / Orphan Basin hydrographic survey, CCGS Hudson, Ocean Circulation Section (OCS), Ocean Sciences Division (OSD), Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. Carbon- ate chemistry & transient tracer survey. Mar. 2010. 
  5. Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program (AZMP), Northwest Atlantic Ocean, CLIVAR Repeat Hydrogra- phy Section AR07W, CCGS Hudson, OCS-OSD, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada. Carbonate chemistry & transient tracer survey. May 2009. 
  6. Sediment Acoustics Experiment (SAX04), Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. R/V Pelican, Ocean Acous- tics Laboratory, Department of Oceanography, Dalhousie University. Assembly and deployment of a series of seafloor acoustic imaging and velocimetry platforms. Sept. 2004. 

Publications

Publications in Refereed Journals

Turk, D., Yates, K. K., Vega–Rodriguez, M., Toro–Farmer, G., Melo, N., L’Esperance, J. C., Ram- sewak, D., Cerdeira–Estrada, S., Muller–Karger, F. E., Herwitz, S. R., McGillis, W. R., “Community metabolism in shallow coral reef and seagrass ecosystems, lower Florida Keys”. In: Marine Ecology Progress Series 538 (Oct. 2014), pp. 35–52. DOI: 10.3354/meps11385.

L’Esperance, J. C., Boudreau, B. P., Barry, M. A., Johnson, B. D., “Small–scale, high–precision and high–accuracy determination of Poisson’s ratios in cohesive marine sediments”. In: Geo Marine Letters 33.1 (2013), pp. 75–81. DOI:10.1007/s00367-012-0305-z. 

Non-Refereed Publications 

L’Esperance, J. C., Wallace, D. W. R., “Monitoring the dispersion of the deliberate tracer, SF5CF3 with an instrumented, unmanned surface vehicle”. In: Proceedings of the IEEE 28th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE), Halifax, Canada. May 2015. DOI: 10.1109/CCECE.2015.7129367. 

Boudreau, B. P., Barry, M. A., L’Esperance, J. C., Algar, C. K., Johnson, B. D., “Processes, Assessment and Remediation of Contaminated Sediment”. In: ed. by D. Reible. Noblis, 2014. Chap. The Mechanics of Soft Cohesive Sediments During Early Diagenesis, pp. 81–105.

Loucaides, S., Fassbender, A., L’Esperance, J., Gedela, S., Neill, C., Biogeochemical Parame- ters: Oxygen. In: A users guide for selected autonomous biogeochemical sensors. An outcome from the 1st IOCCP International Sensors Summer Course [L. Lorenzoni, M. Telszewski, H. Ben- way, A. P. Palacz (eds.)] IOCCP Technical Report 2. Nov. 2017. 

Presentations

  • L’Esperance, J. C., Tanhua, T., Bogner, B., Arévalo-Martínez, D. L., Wallace, D. W. R., “A Novel, Underway Gas Chromatography System: Realized and Planned Applications”. Poster presentation given at the Gordon Research Conference in Chemical Oceanography, "Synthesizing Multifaceted Data in Chemical Oceanography", Colby-Sawyer College, New London, New Hampshire, United States. July 2017. 
  • L’Esperance, J. C., Wallace, D. W. R., Seto, M. L., “Use of the Dorado as a Platform for the Validation of High Resolution Ocean Circulation Models”. Poster presentation at the 51st CMOS Congress, Toronto, Canada. June 2017. 
  • Wallace, D. W. R., L'Esperance, J. C., Seto, M. L., McFarlane, J., “Dorado/Dolphin: A Unique Semi–Submersible Autonomous Vehicle for SOLAS Science”. Presentation at Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) Open Science Meeting held in Kiel, Germany. Kiel, Germany, Sept. 2015. 
  • L’Esperance, J. C. “Monitoring the dispersion of an intentionally released tracer, SF5CF3 with an instrumented, unmanned surface vehicle”. Presentation given at the Scotian Shelf Tracer Release Experiment planning workshop held at the World Trade and Convention Center, Halifax, NS. Apr. 2015. 
  • L’Esperance, J. C., Wallace, D. W. R., “Monitoring the dispersion of an intentionally released tracer, SF5CF3 with an instrumented, unmanned surface vehicle”. Presentation given at the Inter- national Ocean Carbon Coordination Project (IOCCP) Sensors Course held at the Sven Lovén Center for Marine Sciences, Kristineberg, Sweden. June 2015. 
  • L’Esperance, J. C., Wallace, D. W. R., “Monitoring the dispersion of the deliberate tracer, SF5CF3 with an instrumented, unmanned surface vehicle”. Presentation given at the IEEE 28th Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) held in Halifax, NS. May 2015. 
  • L’Esperance, J. C., Wallace, D. W. R., Tanhua, T., “A Compact Gas Chromatography System for the Measurement of Dissolved Gases from an Autonomous Vehicle”. Poster presented at the International Symposium in Marine and Atmospheric Science hosted by Instituto Nacional do Desenvolvimento das Pescas (INDP), Mindelo, Republic of Cabo Verde. May 2015. 
  • L’Esperance, J. C., Wallace, D. W. R., Seto, M. L., “A Compact Gas Chromatography System for the Measurement of Dissolved Gases from an Autonomous Vehicle”. Poster presented at the 2014 Offshore Energy Research Association, Nova Scotia Energy R&D Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia. May 2014. 

 

Press

  • Dalhousie University, CERC Ocean Science & Technology, M135: A Seafloor Tracer Release Ex- periment in the Peruvian Shelf Oxygen Minimum Zone. Website news post. Link. Apr. 2017. 
  • International Submarine Engineering Limited, Mine counter–measures vehicle Dorado semi sub-mersible AUV turns science vehicle. Website news post. Link. June 2016. 
  • NAVALTODAY.COM, Canadian AUV Dorado on sea trials for new role. Website news post. Link. June 2016. 
  • Strandberg, D. Research could help in an oil spill: Port Coquitlam–built sub used to test water-monitoring equipment for Dalhousie University. Tri–city News online, Monday, June 21. Link. June 2016. 
  • Strandberg, D. Under the surface, PoCo built sub is testing. Tri–city News print edition. June 2016. 
  • Dalhousie University, Oceanography graduate student Chris L’Esperance is awarded a prestigious Link Fellowship in Ocean Engineering and Instrumentation. Website news post. Link. June 2014.
  • Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), MEOPeer Awarded Link Foundation Fellowship. Website news post. Link. Apr. 2014.
  • Stevenson, V. Researcher out to predict the path of oil spills in the Ocean. The Telegraph Journal, Monday, June 23. Link. June 2014. 
  • Vallières, É. Heure de Pointe: French language radio interview during a current affairs program. Broadcast throughout the Atlantic Provinces of Canada. Sociètè Radio Canada/Canadian Broad- casting Corporation (SRC/CBC). Link. June 2014.