The cycling of the three key chemical controls on life in the ocean (carbon, oxygen, & nitrogen) is undergoing unprecedented change as a result of human activities. We aim to observe, understand, and predict complex interactions within these biogeochemical cycles through a number of different ways; laboratory-based research, sea-going expeditions, sensors on moorings, and ships of opportunity to name a few. Learn more about these projects by clicking on the links below. 


The CERC.OCEAN laboratory is focussed on chemical oceanography, with a number of high-quality instruments. To see what instruments, techniques, and measurements we are conducting within this laboratory, please visit our laboratory page

Research Cruises & Field Work

Research cruises and field work present our researchers with unique opportunities to collect samples to analze in the lab, test equipment, or collect high-resolution samples using underway or CTD sampling. Read more about the research that comes out of our cruises and field work


SeaCycler is a new oceanographic mooring system that profiles a large suite of sensors through the upper ocean to collect simultaneous, high vertical resolution measurements near the surface while avoiding dangerous storm waves. 

Volunteer Observing Ships (VOS)

Our group is working to equip commercial vessels with observation equipment and to leverage existing routes in order to gain additional data without the need for dedicated ocean science vessels. Learn more about the VOS Dalhousie underway systems

Collaborative Research Projects
  • MEOPAR - Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response
  • VITALS - Ventilation, Interactions, and Transports Across the Labrador Sea
  • OTN - Ocean Tracking Network
  • HOSST - Helmholtz Research School for Ocean System Science and Technology
  • TOSST - Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology
  • POME - Pollution of Marine Environment

Additional Research Projects

OTN Glider Deployments

Richard Davis 

The OTN Ocean Glider Programme regularly deploys two Teledyne Webb Slocum electric gliders along the Halifax Line, running from Chebucto Head to approximately 250 km offshore. Their mission is to provide oceanographic context for models of ocean dynamics that will be related directly to the activities of tracked species. Learn more.