Past Lab News

July 2020: Congratulations to three of our grad students, Liam, Martha, and Diana who successfully passed their Admission to Candidacy exams in the spring/summer. 

May 2020: 
Congratulations to MSc candidate Liam MacNeil for being awarded an NSERC CGS-M Scholarship.

December 2019:
 LaRoche Lab member Joerg Behnke successfully defends his PhD Thesis!!! Well done Joerg. 

Nov/Dec 2019: 
MSc Student, Liam, embarks on month long research expedition along coasts & continental shelves of Newfoundland and Labrador (Northwest Atlantic). Probing the sunlit layers of the ocean, Liam and Cat (Bertrand Lab PhD Student) collected samples for characterizing microbes, the macromolecules they generate, the vitamins and nutrients essential for their growth, and took direct observations of cells using holographic imagery. Our research aims to deepen our understanding of how and why some of the most fascinating microorganism fluctuate in the ocean. We also hope to deepen our understanding of how and why some of the most fascinating microorganism fluctuate in the ocean.

August 2019:
 Graduate students Sonja, Connor, Liam, and Brent travel to Fredericton, NB to present at the Canadian Society for Ecology & Evolution yearly meeting.

August 2019: 
New LaRoche Lab publication featuring co-authors Ciara Willis (previous honours student) published at FEMS Microbiology Letters.  https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fnz152

May 2019:
 MSc Candidates, Sonja Rose and Connor Mackie, successfully pass their Admission to Candidacy Exams! Congrats. 

April 2019:
 MSc student Connor Mackie wins best poster at the Biology Department’s Graduate Student Lett Symposium.

Feb 2019: 
New LaRoche Lab publication featuring co-authors Jackie Zorz (previous MSc student) and Ciara Willis (previous honours student) published at Frontiers in Microbiology.  DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.00281

June 2018:
 Dr. Julie LaRoche and PhD Student Brent Robicheau facilitate a Metagenomics Workshop in Mindelo, Cabo Verde (Africa) as part of the TOSST-HOSST Summer School and at the Universidade de Cabo Verde. Included a hike to the active stratovolcano Pico do Fogo!

July 2018 - 
Dr. Julie LaRoche and PhD student Brent Robicheau attend the Gordon Research Conference, Marine Microbes in Tuscany, Italy

June 2018 -
LaRoche participates in Ocean Sampling Day 2018

February 2018 - 
Dr. Julie LaRoche attends the Reef Microbiome Workshop at the Bellairs Research Institute in Holetown, Barbados.

November 2017
 - Lab members Jennifer Tolman and Ian Luddington participate in the Atlantic Zone Monitoring Program research expedition to the Scotian Shelf aboard the RV Endeavor  

October 2017  
- Dr. Julie LaRoche is featured on the Canada 150 C3 Facebook page for her contribution to the Science team. You can view the post here

September 2017
 - Dr. Julie LaRoche is aboard the Canada 150 C3 Cruise. You can follow their updates on their website

July 4 2017
 - Lab visit to the Polar Prince during it's stay in Halifax as part of the Canada 150 C3 Cruise