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Safe and sustainable development of the ocean frontier

The Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI) is a collaborative research initiative to harness the vast potential of the world’s ocean. An international hub for ocean science, OFI brings together researchers and institutes from both sides of the North Atlantic to understand our changing ocean and create safe, sustainable solutions for development.

OFI represents a historic partnership between Dalhousie University, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Prince Edward Island. The support of partners in the Government of Canada’s federal laboratories, the Royal Canadian Navy, National Film Board of Canada and national and international industry, as well as knowledge shared by eight international scientific organizations will establish Canada as a global leader in transformative ocean research.  

Julie LaRoche

Ocean sleuths

For microbiologists, the best way to deduce what’s happening in the ocean is to apply a forensic-style approach. Learn how OFI researcher, Dr. Julie Laroche, is using DNA to assess ecosystem health.

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Dr. Brett Favaro

Communications is the secret to science success   

Dr. Brett Favaro wants to share a secret. He knows that if scientists can communicate their ideas effectively, they are more likely to succeed. So this OFI researcher is taking steps to strengthen the communications skills of his students. 

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Kelly Hawboldt headshot

A fisherman’s trash is this scientist’s treasure  

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt, a researcher with OFI and a professor in the Department of Process Engineering at Memorial University, doesn’t like waste. Or rather, she doesn’t like anything being wasted. Learn more about what she’s doing to establish new, value-add — and sustainable products — from fish residue.