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Winter Skate (Leucoraja Ocellata)

Biographical Summary of Report Writer

Jerome Howlett was born in St. John’s, NL, and has lived in various parts of Canada over the years. He returned to Newfoundland and completed a B.Sc. (honours) in biology, with a focus in marine biology, in April, 2002. It was during the completion of this degree that an interest in skate was developed. Also during this period he became familiar with the work of COSEWIC and decided to bid on the contract for the status report on winter skate.

Jerome has also been an avid scuba diver for over 15 years and holds advanced diving, rescue diving and scientific diving certificates. During this time as a diver he also noted a general decline in skate abundance around the province of Newfoundland. This was another factor that added to his interest in skate and the work of COSEWIC.

Currently, Jerome is working on an M.Sc. in biology at Memorial University in Newfoundland. The focus is on seasonal growth and ecology of the seaweed species Laminaria longicruris and Alaria esculenta in the province. In addition, the M.Sc. project is also conducting a feasibility study on the lab culture and aquaculture potential of these two species on the southwest coast of the province. 

 

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