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Growth In Research

Our projects at Huntsman are all applied in principle, exclusively involve contracts with external clients, completed with the utmost of confidentiality, and document results following the principles of Good Laboratory Practices. We do everything within our power at Huntsman to ensure the core principles of research and marine stewardship are upheld.

The Huntsman’s capacity to complete studies in marine biology has grown significantly over the past 10 years with projects presently ongoing within 8 buildings that give access to 20+ biosecure areas, including two environmental control rooms with running water and aeration. It is our plan to continue to grow these efforts and continue our push to become Atlantic Canada’s premier destination for aquatic science research.

The range of projects that are possible in these facilities is incredibly vast and includes, amongst others:

  • Freshwater, brackish, and natural saltwater;
  • Flow thru to advanced recirculation systems;
  • Broad array of tank sizes and configurations available;
  • Laboratory proof-of-concept thru pre-commercial-scale capacity;
  • Family-based broodstock set-up and management;
  • Fish health management studies, including infection models for sea lice and other pathogens;
  • Environmental toxicology research;
  • Micro- and macro-algal grow-out at significant scale;
  • Live feeds capacity including 1 billion rotifers and 100 million Artemia daily; and,
  • Field study support capability, especially associated with the local aquaculture industry.

Research Scientists

Research at the Huntsman Aquatic Services is led by highly regarded Research Scientists including:

Amber Garber

Amber received her PhD from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, USA) with a focus on breeding and genetics. Her experience and expertise has secured Huntsman’s position as a leader throughout Atlantic Canada in establishing and managing selective breeding programs for cultured aquatic species. Her commercial broodstock development experience has included hybrid striped bass, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout and Arctic charr. Her studies on population genetics and stock enhancement have included wahoo, cobia, red snapper, and brook trout. Her involvement has included spawning and creation of pedigrees, trait assessment and pathogen challenges, and estimation of breeding values and heritabilities. Amber was recognized in 2016 by the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation as one of three R3 Award recipients for her contributions to innovative and applied research in New Brunswick.

Les Burridge

Les joined the Huntsman Aquatic Services team following a long career as a Research Scientist with the federal Fisheries & Oceans Canada. His expertise is primarily focused on environmental toxicology and his research into the effects of contaminants in the aquatic environment on invertebrate and finfish species is recognized globally.  His research activities at the Huntsman involve collection of data to support regulatory applications and risk analysis focused on contaminants in the aquatic environment, particularly potential effects on commercially important species. Les was instrumental in establishing aquatic toxicology research at the Huntsman to secure our first contracts to study the effects of pharmaceuticals then oils and chemical dispersants.

Benjamin de Jourdan

Benjamin received his PhD in Environmental Biology with emphasis on Toxicology from the University of Guelph (Guelph, ON, Canada), where he studied the environmental fate and toxicity of emerging contaminants. His expertise is in understanding the behavior and impact of chemicals in the environment, and he has explored this theme across many scales, from bench-top to the field, and with people from diverse perspectives, from academia, government, and industry. He has experience in the completion of risk assessments, coordination of toxicology studies, and multi-media exposure and transport modeling. Ben continues to move the Huntsman aquatic toxicology research forward with studies focused primarily on the effects of petroleum and pharmaceutical products on vulnerable life stages of commercially and societally important aquatic species.

Ehab Misk

Ehab joined the Huntsman Aquatic Services team in April 2018 as the New Brunswick Innovation Research Chair in Aquatic Biosciences. His research to date has focused on fish disease surveillance, molecular diagnostics, regulation of innate immune response, and disease resistance. Such research has involved numerous viral and bacterial pathogens, including those that infect Atlantic salmon, rainbow trout, baitfish, shiners, minnows and suckers. Ehab brings a wealth of experience to the Huntsman in developing controlled infection models associated with a range of freshwater and seawater pathogens that will be of interest to our diverse client base. He holds a BSc and MSc in veterinary medicine from Assiut University (Assiut, Egypt) and PhD in Pathobiology from University of Guelph (Guelph, ON, Canada).


Technicians & Managers

Our facilities and Research Scientists are supported by a highly skilled, educated, and dedicated pool of technicians and managers. Each has the appropriate experience and education that allows them to complete Study Plans tasks that continually meet client needs. Staff members hold various certificates and continuing education credits associated with project specific tasks (e.g., Pest Applicator License, Level III Sea Lice Counter & Auditor course, Experimental Fish Course, and others).

Animal Care & Good Laboratory Practice

All studies completed by the Huntsman are approved by an Animal Care Committee and clients may request that projects be conducted following established Good Laboratory Practice standard operating procedures associated with documentation and performance.

Huntsman’s in-house Research Scientists and a broad array of outside clients from government, NGOs, and industry make use of Huntsman Aquatic Services capacity and facilities to address pressing questions and meet government data requirements. If you have additional questions about our capacity and facilities, please contact us.

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