Dr. Annie Mercier

Bachelors: B.Sc. Université de Sherbrooke

Masters: M.Sc. Université du Québec à Rimouski

Doctoral: Ph.D.Université du Québec à Rimouski

Telephone: (709) 864-2011

E-mail: amercier@mun.ca



Research Interests:

My research examines the interactions between benthic invertebrates and environmental factors at various scales. Research questions are addressed using a wide spectrum of approaches and techniques, typically combining field samplings and experimental trials with microscopic/cellular analyses. The focus is on endogenous and exogenous drivers of gamete synthesis, spawning, larval development, settlement, and growth. Breakthroughs of broad significance to biology, ecology, evolution and conservation made over the past few years include: (i) first evidence of lunar rhythms in the reproduction of deep-water taxa; (ii) first report of allogeneic fusion (chimerism) in a unitary organism; and (iii) first demonstration of a functional relationship between fish larvae and deep-sea corals. Applied research segments include the impact of ocean acidification and fisheries/aquaculture topics.