oceanexpert oceanexpert

© 2016, UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE, Ostend, Belgium   Find us on Google+

Details of Dr. Christopher T. Taggart   


Gender male
Job title Professor
Department Oceanography
1355 Oxford Street PO Box 15000
Nova Scotia
B3H 4R2
Tel [1] (902) 494-7144
Fax [1] (902) 494-3877
You must log in with an approved account to view email addresses.
Website http://www.phys.ocean.dal.ca/~taggart, http://oceanography.dal.ca/ocean_C364.html
Social Media Links
You must log in with an approved account to view social media links


Degree PhD (McGill); MSc (York); BSc 1st-Class Hon. (Carleton)
Job type Teaching/Education , Research , Natural Resource Management
Research Area(s) Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Marine Biotechnology, Marine Products , Limnology , Biological Oceanography, Marine Ecology , Fisheries, Aquaculture , Marine Biotechnology, Marine Products , Limnology
Research Activities As a principal investigator in many small and large multi-institutional research initiatives, I conduct oceanographic research with undergraduate and graduate students, PDFs and RAs on physical, biochemical, genetic, ecological and human influences on growth, reproduction, early life history, recruitment, survival, population structure and the distribution of marine organisms. Study organisms range from zooplankton to fishes, sea turtles and whales in systems as small as the Bay of Fundy and as large as the Coral Sea. Over the last ~25 years I have mentored 10 PDF/RAs, 19 graduate students, 17 honours students and 45 research assistants. I have contributed to ~100 peer-reviewed publications (h-index = 25), ~50 research reports and documents and ~200 conference, workshop and seminar presentations of which ~30% have been either invited contributions or keynote addresses. I teach fisheries oceanography, biological oceanography, tools and concepts and marine science and technology.
Research Region NW Atlantic
Skills/Expertise Dr. C.T. Taggart, Professor (fisheries oceanography), has been with the Oceanography Department at Dalhousie University since 1995. Prior to then he was a Research Scientist II with the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre in St. John’s, NL (1991-94); an Assistant Professor (NSERC-URF) in Oceanography at Dalhousie (1988-91); and an NSERC-PDF jointly with Dalhousie and the now defunct Marine Ecology Lab at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (1986-88). He received his PhD (Dean’s Honours) in 1986 at McGill University (Dr. W.C. Leggett, Advisor) where he was an NSERC Scholar and McConnell Fellow and won the American Fisheries Society Student Award of Merit and the Canadian Society of Zoology Outstanding PhD Thesis Award. He received his MSc in 1980 at York University (Dr. D. McQueen, Advisor) where he was an Ontario Graduate Scholar, and his BSc (Honours) at Carleton University (Dr. G. Merriam, Advisor).
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Dr. Christopher TAGGART)

Davies, KTA, Taggart, CT, Smedbol RK. 2014. Water mass structure defines the diapausing copepod distribution in a right whale habitat on the Scotian Shelf. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 497:69-85.
Davies, K.T.A., Ross, T., and C.T. Taggart. 2013. Tidal and sub-tidal current influence on deep copepod aggregations along a shelf-basin margin. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 479: 263-282.
Hrycik, J.M., Chasse, J., Ruddick, B.R., and C.T. Taggart. 2013. Dispersal kernel estimation: A comparison of empirical and modelled particle dispersion in a coastal marine system. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 133:11-22.
Bradbury, I.R., Hubert, S., Higgins, B., Bowman, S., Paterson, I.G., Snelgrove, P., Morris, C., Gregory, R., Hardie, D., Hutchings, J.A., Borza, T., Ruzzante, D., Taggart, C.T., and P. Bentzen. 2013. Genomic islands of divergence and their consequences for the resolution of spatial structure in an exploited
Duff, J, Dean, H, Gazit, T, Taggart, C.T, Cavanagh, JH. 2013. On the right way to right whale protections in the Gulf of Maine ? Case study. Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy. 16:229-265.
Frank, KT, Leggett, WC, Petrie, B, Fisher, J, Shackell, NL, Taggart, CT. 2013. Irruptive prey dynamics following the groundfish collapse in the Northwest Atlantic: an illusion? ICES Journal of Marine Science. 70:1299-1307.
Silber, G.K., Vanderlaan, A.S.M., Tejedor Arceredillo, A., Johnson, L., Taggart, C.T., Brown, M.W., Bettridge, S. and R. Sagarminaga. 2012. The role of the International Maritime Organization in reducing vessel threat to whales: Process, options, action and effectiveness. Marine Policy.
Michaud, J. and C.T. Taggart. 2011. Spatial variation in right whale food, Calanus finmarchicus, in the Bay of Fundy. Endangered Species Research. 15:179-194.
Vanderlaan, A.S.M., R.K. Smedbol and C.T. Taggart. 2011. Fishing-gear threat to right whales in Canadian waters and the risk of lethal entanglement. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 68: 2174-2193.
Ruddick, B.R. and C.T. Taggart. 2011. A new approach to tracing particulates from produced water. p. 249-206 In: K. Lee and J. Neff (Eds.), Produced water: environmental risks and advances in mitigation technologies. 608p. Springer.
Bradbury IR, Hubert S, Higgins B, Borza T, Bowman S, Paterson IG, Snelgrove PV, Morris CJ, Gregory RS, Hardie DC, Hutchings JA, Ruzzante DE, Taggart CT, Bentzen P 2010. Parallel adaptive evolution of Atlantic cod on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in response to temperature. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B.
Landry, M.S. and C.T. Taggart. 2010. Turtle watching conservation guidelines: green turtle (Chelonia mydas) tourism in nearshore coastal environments. Biodiversity and Conservation. 91: 305-312.
Neuheimer,A.B., and C.T.Taggart. 2010. Can changes in length-at-age and maturation timing in Scotian Shelf haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) be explained by fishing. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 67:854-865.
Oskarsson, G.J. and C.T. Taggart. 2010. Variation in reproductive potential and influence on Icelandic herring recruitment. Fisheries Oceanography. 9:412-426.
Vanderlaan,A.S.M. and C.T.Taggart. 2009. Efficacy of a voluntary area to be avoided to reduce risk of lethal vessel strikes to endangered whales. Conservation Biology. 23:1467-1474.
Oskarsson, G.J. and C.T. Taggart. 2009. Spawning time variation in Icelandic summer-spawning herring (Clupea harengus L.). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 66: 1666-1681
Vanderlaan A.S.M., J.J. Corbett, S.L. Green, J.A. Callahan, C. Wang, R.D. Kenney, C.T. Taggart, and J. Firestone 2009. Probability and mitigation of vessel encounters with North Atlantic right whales. Endangered Species Research. 6: 273-285.
Neuheimer, A.B., C.T. Taggart and K.T. Frank. 2008. Size-at-age in haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus): Application of the growing degree-day (GDD) metric. p. 111-124, IN: G.H. Kruse, K. Drinkwater, J.N. Ianelli, J.S. Link, D.L. Stram, V. Wespestad, and D. Woodby (eds.); Resiliency of gadid stocks to fishing and climate change. Alaska Sea Grant College Program, AK-SG-08-01, 2008.
Vanderlaan, A.S.M., C.T. Taggart, A.R. Serdynska, R.D. Kenney and M.W. Brown. 2008. Reducing the risk of lethal encounters: vessels and right whales in the Bay of Fundy and on the Scotian Shelf. Endangered Species Research. 4: 283-297.
Elvin, S. and C.T. Taggart. 2008. Right whales and vessels in Canadian waters. 2008. Marine Policy. 32: 379-386.
Michaud, J. and C.T. Taggart. 2007. Lipid and gross energy-content of North Atlantic right whale food (Calanus finmarchicus) in the Bay of Fundy. Endangered Species Research. 3: 77-94
Johnston, T.L., R.K. Smedbol, A. Serdynska, A. Vanderlaan, N. Helcl, L. Harris and C.T. Taggart. 2007. Patterns of fishing gear in areas of the Bay of Fundy and southwest Scotian Shelf frequented by North Atlantic right whales. Canadian Technical Report Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2745: v + 52 p.
Vanderlaan, A.S.M. and C.T. Taggart. 2007. Vessel collisions with whales: the probability of lethal injury based on vessel speed. Mar. Mam. Sci., 23, 144?156.
Bard, S.M, B.R. Ruddick and C.T. Taggart. 2007. The flux of stuff: Developing an inexpensive and accurate method to track dispersion of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. Marine Environmental Research. 66: 187-189 (published abstract).
Neuheimer, A.B. and C.T. Taggart. 2007. Growing degree-day and fish size-at-age: the overlooked metric. Can. J. Fish. Res. Aquat. Sci. In press.
Oskarsson, G.J. and C.T. Taggart. 2006. Fecundity variation in Icelandic summer-spawning herring and implications for reproductive potential. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 63:493-503.
9. Suthers, Iain M., C. T. Taggart, D. Rissik, M. E. Baird. 2006. Day and night ichthyoplankton assemblages and zooplankton biomass size spectrum in a deep ocean island wake. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 322, 225-238.
Uehara, S., C.T. Taggart, T. Mitani and I. Suthers. 2006. The abundance of juvenile yellowtail (Seriola quinqueradiata) near the Kuroshio Current: the roles of drifting seaweed and regional hydrography. Fish. Oceanogr. 15:351-362.
McPherson, A. A., P. T. OReilly, and C. T. Taggart. 2004. Genetic differentiation, temporal stability, and the absence of isolation by distance among Atlantic herring populations. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 133: 434-446.Link to file
Reiss, C. S., A. Anis, J. F. Dower, C. T. Taggart, and B. Ruddick. 2002. Relationships among vertically structured in situ measures of turbulence, larval fish abundance and feeding success and copepods on Western Bank, Scotian Shelf. Fisheries Oceanography, 11, 156-174.
Ruzzante, D. E., C. T. Taggart, R. W. Doyle, and D. Cook. 2001. Stability in the historical pattern of genetic structure of Newfoundland cod (Gadus morhua) despite the catastrophic decline in population size from 1964 to 1994. Conservation Genetics, 2, 257-269.
Reiss, C. S., G. Panteleev, C. T. Taggart, J. Sheng, B. de Young, and M. Power. 2000. Observations on larval fish transport and retention on the Scotian Shelf in relation to geostrophic circulation. Fisheries Oceanography, 9, 195-213.
de Young, B., R. M. Peterman, A. R. Dobell, E. Pinkerton, Y. Breton, A. T. Charles, M. J. Fogarty, G. R. Munro, and C. T. Taggart. 1999. Canadian marine fisheries in a changing and uncertain world. Canadian Special Publications in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, N°129, 199p.
Ruzzante, D. E., C. T. Taggart, and D. Cook. 1998. A nuclear DNA basis for shelf- and bank-scale population structure in northwest Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua): Labrador to Georges Bank. Molecular Ecology, 7, 1663-1680.
Broell, F., Noda, T., Wright, S., Domenici, P., Steffensen, J.F., Auclair, J-P., and C.T.Taggart. 2013. Accelerometer tags: detecting and identifying activities in fish and the effect of sampling frequency. Journal of Experimental Biology. 216(7):1255-1264.
Davies, K.T.A., Ryan, A. and C.T. Taggart. 2012. Measured and inferred gross energy content in of diapausing Calanus spp. in a Scotian Shelf basin. Journal of Plankton Research. 34(7):614-625.
van der Hoop, J.M, Vanderlaan, A.S.M, and C.T. Taggart. 2012. Absolute probability estimates of lethal vessel-strikes to North Atlantic right whales in Roseway Basin, Scotian Shelf. Ecological Applications. 22(7):2021-2033.
Gordos, K., E. Kenchington, L. C. Hamilton, B. S. Nakashima, and C. T. Taggart. 2005. Atlantic capelin (Mallotus villosus) tetranucleotide microsatellites. Molecular Ecology Notes, 5(2), 220-222.
Hamelin, KM, Kelley, DE, Taggart, CT, James, MC. 2014. Water mass characteristics and solar illumination influence leatherback turtle dive patterns at high latitudes. Ecosphere. 5(2) 19:1-20.

Group(s): GLODIR
Created: 1999-03-19 Last Updated: 2014-07-09 by Christopher TAGGART