Daniel Small

Post-doctoral fellow

I am a marine invertebrate physiologist with a focus on whole organism physiology across life history stages. My interests are in exploring the physiological processes animals use in relation to the environment in which they reside, how these processes develop and change throughout ontogeny, and how we can use naturally variable environments as indicators of future change.   Currently, I want to understand how the regulation and limitations of these physiological processes can, from their interactions with individual energy budgets throughout life history, be scaled to population/community/ecosystem dynamics in a changing ocean.


I completed my PhD at the University of Plymouth in 2013, studying the developmental physiology of lobsters under ocean acidification and warming.  I have since studied the physiology of marine invertebrate populations at naturally high CO2 volcanic vent sites in Italy and Dominica, solar powered salamanders in Nova Scotia, and currently the energy budgets of the arctic and sub-arctic communities of the Hudson Bay Complex in Quebec.


Aura Barría-Araya

Post-doctoral fellow

My name is Aura Barría-Araya. I grew up in southern Chile, surrounded by the beautiful Valdivian Rainforest, and recently made my home in Rimouski. I obtained her degree in Marine Biology (2009) and my PhD in Ecology and Evolution (2017) at the Universidad Austral de Chile. As a Chilean, I became interested in studying the effect of latitudinal gradients on the eco-physiological and life history response of different populations of widely distributed marine species, and in incorporating this information into species distribution models. 

Currently, my work as postdoc in LAB focuses on incorporating bioenergetics models into species distribution models to determine the areas within the distribution of the northern shrimp where individuals will have positive growth, and using this information to obtain the probability of occurrence of the species under current environmental conditions and those projected within this century on the Atlantic coast of Canada.