Danielle Denley

Ph.D. Candidate

Current Research danielle

I’m interested in quantifying population dynamics of the invasive bryozoan Membranipora membranacea in the northwest Atlantic. My research is focused on increasing our understanding of a number of M. membranacea‘s life history characteristics, including larval settlement behavior, and patterns in colony growth, reproduction, and senescence. The ultimate goal of my research is to enable us to more accurately predict the long-term effects this invasive species may have on Nova Scotia’s subtidal ecosystems in hopes of mitigating any potentially dramatic changes to the local marine community.

Education

Dalhousie University, Department of Oceanography
Ph.D. Candidate
September 2011 – Present

Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
Department of Biology
B.Sc. Honours in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
September 2007 – April 2011
Thesis: Maintenance of an ecologically significant polymorphism in the coastal dune plant Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Eckert

Scholarships and Awards

Honorary Level 2 Izaak Walton Killam Predoctoral Scholarship (Institutional; 2015)
President’s Award (Tuition waived; Institutional, 2015-16)
NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (PGSD) (National; 2015)
Nova Scotia Innovation and Research Entrance Graduate Scholarship 2014              
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, Queen’s University, Summer 2010
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, Queen’s University, Summer 2011

Publications

Denley, D., Metaxas, A., and Short, J. (2014) Selective settlement by larvae of Membranipora membranacea and Electra pilosa (Ectoprocta) along kelp blades in Nova Scotia, Canada. Aquatic Biology 21: 47-56

Presentations

Denley, D., Metaxas, A. The relative effects of intrinsic and external factors on mortality of the invasive colonial bryozoan Membranipora membranacea. St. Andrews, NB. Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society. May 2015. Poster presentation. (North American)

Denley, D., Metaxas, A. Measuring mortality of the colonial invasive bryozoan Membranipora membranacea: the effect of temperature on partial colony mortality and regeneration. Halifax, NS. Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society. June 2014

Denley, D., Metaxas, A. Quantifying mortality of the colonial invasive bryozoan Membranipora membranacea: the effect of temperature on colony senescence and regeneration. Jacksonville, FL. Benthic Ecology Meeting 2014.

Denley, D., Metaxas, A. Quantifying population dynamics of the invasive bryozoan Membranipora membranacea in the northwest Atlantic. Halifax, NS. Conference of Dalhousie Oceanography Graduate Students. March, 2013

Denley, D., Metaxas, A. Quantifying population dynamics of the invasive bryozoan Membranipora membranacea in the northwest Atlantic: seasonal patterns in reproduction and fecundity. Lawrencetown, NS. Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society. May, 2013

Denley, D., C. Eckert. Maintenance of an ecologically significant polymorphism in the coastal dune plant Camissoniopsis cheiranthifolia. Toronto, ON. Ontario Ecology, Ethology and Evolution Colloquium. May, 2011