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Research Award Recipient 2005: Dr. John Castell

Dr. Castell is Scientist Emeritus at the St. Andrews Biological Station of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Born April 19, 1943 in Guelph Ontario where his Father taught at OAC, he completed his BSc (Hon’s) in Biochemistry at the Dalhousie University in 1964. He was Dr. Robert G. Ackman’s first graduate student completing his MSc in Lipid Chemistry at Dalhousie University September 1965. He completed his PhD in Food Science and Technology from Oregon State University in 1970. His Postdoctoral Fellowship was spent under Dr. Orvill Privitt at the Hormell institute at the University of Minnesota. He joined DFO ‘s Halifax Fisheries Research Laboratory in December of 1970 as a Research Scientist. He served as Head of the Disease and Nutrition Section from 1983 to 1988. His research has involved studies of a wide variety of aquatic organisms including both North American lobsters (Homarus americanus) and spiny lobsters (Panulirus argus) in Cuba, rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), Chinese shrimp (Penaeus chinensis), American and European oysters (Crassostrea virginicus and Ostrea edulis), European crayfish (Asticus asticus), just to name a few of the species. This research would not have been possible without the efforts of many undergraduate, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues at DFO, Dalhousie University, University of Moncton, the Agricultural College of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Technical College, Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Maine at Orono and the University of New Brunswick the aquaculture industry and research institutes around the world. Dr Castell served on the Editorial Advisory Board Associate Editor for Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 1983-1986, Member of Editorial Advisory Board for Aquaculture 1984-1992, Associate Editor for the Journal of Aquariculture 1979-Present, and Associate Editor for Journal of Tropical Aquaculture 1985-present. Dr. Castell was instrumental in the establishment of the International Working Group on Crustacean nutrition and served as Editor of Crustacean Nutrition Newsletter 1983-1992. He has served on the Board of Directors of World Aquaculture Society from 1984 until 1991, including a term as president 1989 to1990. He served on several ICES Working Groups and chaired the ICES Working Group on Marine Fish Culture from 1999 until retirement in 2002. Appointed to U.S. National Academy of Science, National Research Council, Committee on Animal Nutrition, Subcommittee on Warmwater Fish” 1981-83. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and University of New Brunswick and founded Castell Aquaculture Nutrition Consulting in 2004. Dr Castell was appointed Canadian Consultant to International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Cuba (Langosta) Project 1982-1985. This was a three year cooperative international assistance project to improve live holding and processing of the spiny lobster in Cuba. He was Canadian Consultant to IDRC’s China (Penaeus chinensis) Project 1986-1991 He is also a volunteer advisor with Canadian Executive Services Organization and has been involved in aquaculture projects in China 2001 and Panama 2003.

Research Award Recipient 2004: Dr. Edward Donaldson

Dr. Donaldson is Scientist Emeritus at the West Vancouver Laboratory of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Originally, from Cumbria in the UK, he completed his BSc (Hon’s) in Zoology at the University of Sheffield in 1961 and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in 1964. Funded by a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, he spent a year in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. He joined DFO ‘s Vancouver Laboratory in 1965 and moved to the West Vancouver Laboratory in 1968 where he was a Research Scientist and became Head of the Biotechnology, Genetics and Nutrition Section. His research covered a range of topics including the development of techniques for induced ovulation and spermiation, production of monosex and sterile populations, growth acceleration and evaluation of stress in wild and cultured salmonids. This research would not have been possible without the efforts of many graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and colleagues at DFO, UBC, SFU, UVic, the aquaculture industry and research institutes around the world. Dr Donaldson has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for Aquaculture since 1983 and as Section Editor Physiology and Endocrinology for Aquaculture since 1999. He has sat on numerous DFO committees including serving as chair of the Deputy Minister’s Science Advisory Committee and has lectured or consulted on aquaculture research in over 30 countries. He currently serves (2001-2004) on the Life Sciences Fellowship Selection Committee, Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre since 1992, serves as an Adjunct Professor at UBC and founded Ed Donaldson & Associates Ltd., aquaculture and fisheries consultants in 2001. Awards received include the American Fisheries Society, 1977 Most Significant Paper Award, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 1989 Ministerial Merit Award, Science Council of British Columbia, 1992 Gold Medal in Natural Sciences, Royal Society of Canada, 1995 Thomas W. Eadie Medal, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 1997 Deputy Minister’s Commendation.
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Prix d’excellence en recherche
M. Edward M. Donaldson, docteur ès sciences, MSRC
M. Donaldson est scientifique émérite au Laboratoire de Vancouver-Ouest du ministère des Pêches et des Océans. De Cumbria, au Royaume-Uni, il obtient un baccalauréat en sciences (avec distinction) en zoologie à l’Université de Sheffield en 1961 et un doctorat en zoologie à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique en 1964. Titulaire d’une bourse de recherche postdoctorale du NIH, il passe une année au Département de biochimie médicale de l’Université du Minnesota. Il se joint au Laboratoire de Vancouver du MPO en 1965 et au Laboratoire de Vancouver-Ouest en 1968 à titre de chercheur et il y devient par la suite chef de la section Biotechnologie, génétique et nutrition. Ses recherches portent sur divers sujets, dont les techniques de provocation de l’ovulation et de l’émission du sperme, de production de populations monosexuées et stériles, d’accélération de la croissance et d’évaluation du stress chez les salmonidés sauvages et d’élevage. Ces recherches n’auraient pas pu être réalisées sans la collaboration de nombreux étudiants diplômés, de détenteurs d’une bourse de perfectionnement postdoctoral ainsi que de collègues du MPO, de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, de l’Université Simon Fraser, de l’Université de Victoria, de l’industrie de l’aquaculture et d’instituts de recherche de partout dans le monde. M. Donaldson siège au comité consultatif de rédaction d’Aquaculture depuis 1983 et il est rédacteur en chef de la section Physiologie et endocrinologie d’Aquaculture depuis 1999. Il siège à de nombreux comités du MPO; il est notamment président du Comité consultatif du sous-ministre des Sciences et il a donné des conférences et mené des consultations sur la recherche en aquaculture dans plus de tente pays. Il siège actuellement (2001-2004) au sein du comité de sélection des récipiendaire de bourse en sciences de la vie, Académie des sciences, Société royale du Canada. Il est membre du conseil d’administration du Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre depuis 1992, professeur auxiliaire à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique et il a fondé en 2001 Ed Donaldson & Associates Ltd., une firme de consultants dans le domaine de l’aquaculture et des pêches. Il a reçu le prix décerné par l’American Fisheries Society pour l’article le plus important en 1977, le prix d’excellence de Pêches et Océans Canada en 1989, la médaille d’or en sciences naturelles décernée par le Conseil des sciences de la Colombie-Britannique en 1992, la médaille Thomas W. Eadie décernée par la Société royale du Canada en 1995 et la mention du sous-ministre de Pêches et Océans Canada en 1997.

Research Award Recipient 2003: Dr. Tillmann Benfey

Dr. Benfey is a professor of Biology at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where he teaches courses in animal physiology, environmental biology and aquaculture. Originally from Montreal, he completed his BSc in Marine Biology at McGill University in 1981 followed by a MSc in Biology from Memorial University in 1984 and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in 1988. With funding from a NATO Science Fellowship, he then spent a year at the MAFF Fisheries Laboratory in Lowestoft (UK) before taking up his current faculty position at UNB in 1989. His research programme, sustained largely through the efforts of numerous graduate students, focuses on developing effective methods for producing sterile and single-sex populations of fish for aquaculture. This research programme has benefited from extensive collaboration with DFO, NRC and the aquaculture industry. In addition to his duties as a faculty member at UNB, Dr. Benfey is an Associate Editor for the North American Journal of Aquaculture and is on the Editorial Advisory Board for Aquaculture. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Aquaculture Association of Canada (1995-97), the Huntsman Marine Sciences Centre (1998-2002) and the AquaNet Network of Centres of Excellence (2001-2003). He has also served on the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee for Industry Canada (1995-97) as well as numerous advisory committees for the Atlantic Salmon Federation, the NB Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the NB Broodstock Development Program.