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Our scientific publications lists are now hosted on our new oceannetworks.ca website and on Mendeley. Please visit the following links for citations and additional resources:

This page presents highlights of research conducted on VENUS. For more information, contact us.

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Rahemtulla, S. 2011. Acoustic tracking of marine mammals with VENUS hydrophone array. B.Sc. Hons. Thesis, SEOS, University of Victoria.

Robert, K. 2011. Methodological approaches to the optimization of observatory systems for the study of benthic ecological processes. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Victoria. 152pp.

Dinning K. 2010. The effects of season, oxygen, and substrate complexity on abundance and richness of Zooplankton and benthic fauna associated with the seasonally hypoxic seafloor of Saanich Inlet. B.Sc. Hon. Thesis, Dalhousie University.

Price, A. 2010. A high-resolution sediment trap study of organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst production and biogenic silica flux in Saanich Inlet (BC, Canada). B.Sc. Hons. Thesis, SEOS, University of Victoria.

Nikolich, K. 2010. Response of Benthic Scavengers to Hypoxic Conditions in Saanich Inlet, BC. B.Sc. Hons. Thesis, University of Victoria, 78pp.

Zhao S. 2009. Modeling Zooplankton Diel Vertical Migration Patterns Based on Curve Fitting and Feature Correlation Analysis. , M.Sc. Thesis, University of Alberta.

Rousseau, S. 2009. Influence of swimming marine organisms on turbulence in the ocean from in situ measurements. M.Sc. Thesis. University of Victoria.

Gamroth, E. 2009. Design, implementation and testing of an underwater global positioning system”. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Victoria.

Grundle, D.S. 2008. Temporal and spatial variations in primary productivity, phytoplankton assemblages and dissolved nutrient concentrations in Saanich Inlet, a British Columbia fjord. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Victoria, 137pp.

Baumann, K. 2008. Spatial Patterns of zooplankton abundance and species composition in relation to benthic-pelagic coupling in Saanich Inlet, B.C. B.Sc. Hons. Thesis, Biology, University of Victoria.

Peters, K. 2007. Distribution, Density, and Feeding Biology of Munida Quadrispina (Decapoda Galatheidae) and Other Scavangers in Saanich Inlet in Relation to Food Resources and Low Oxygen Conditions. B.Sc. Hons. Thesis, Biology, University of Victoria.

Beveridge, I. 2007. Acoustic observations of zooplankton distribution in Saanich Inlet, an intermittently anoxic fjord. M.Sc. Thesis, University of Victoria.

Refereed Journal Publications

Sato M., Dower J., Dewey, R. 2013. Second-order seasonal variability in diel vertical migration timing of euphausiids in a coastal inlet. Marine Ecology Progress Series 480: 39-56, DOI:10.3354/meps10215.

Merchant N.D., Blondel P., Dakin D.T., Dorocicz J. 2012. Averaging underwater noise levels for environmental assessment of shipping. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 132(4), pp. EL343-EL349.

Ayranci K., Lintern G.D., Hill P.R., Dashtgard S.A. 2012. Tide-supported gravity flows on the upper delta front, Fraser River Delta, Canada. Marine Geology. V.326-328, p.166-170.

Matabos M., Tunnicliffe V., Juniper S.K., Dean C. 2012. A year in hypoxia: epibenthic community responses to severe oxygen deficit at a subsea observatory in a coastal inlet. PLoS ONE. 7(9):e45626, DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0045626.

Mertens K.N., Yamaguchi A., Kawami H., Ribeiro S., Leander B.S., Price A.M., Pospelova V., Ellegaard M., Matsuoka K. 2012. Archaeperidinium saanichi sp. nov.: A new species based on morphological variation of cyst and theca within the Archaeperidinium minutum Jörgensen 1912 species complex. Marine Micropaleontology, Volumes 96–97, December 2012, pp. 48-62, ISSN 0377-8398, DOI:10.1016/j.marmicro.2012.08.002.

Snelgrove P.V.R., Archambault P., Juniper S.K., Lawton P., Metaxas A., Pepin P., Rice J., Tunnicliffe V. 2012. The Canadian Healthy Oceans Network (CHONe): An academic-government partnership to develop scientific guidelines for conservation and sustainable usage of Canada's marine biodiversity. In C Hasler and S Cooke (eds.), Fisheries Journal, Fisheries, 37(7): 296 – 303.

Matabos M., Best M., Blandin J., Hoeberechts M., Juniper S.K., Pirenne B., Robert K., Ruhl H., Varadaro M. 2012. Seafloor Observatories. IN M. Consalvey and M. Clark (Eds), Biological Sampling in the deep sea. Wiley-Blackwell publishing, chapter 14. In press.

Katz T., Yahel G., Reidenbach M., Tunnicliffe V., Herut B., Crusius J., Whitney F., Lazar, B. 2012. Resuspension by fish facilitates the transport and redistribution of coastal sediments. Limnol & Oceanogr. 57(4), 2012, 945–958. DOI:10.4319/lo.2012.57.4.0945.

Aguzzi J., Company J.B., Costa C., Matabos M., Azzurro E., Mànuel A., Menesatti P., Sardà F., Canals M., Delory E., Cline D., Favali P., Juniper S.K., Furushima Y., Fujiwara Y., Chiesa J.J., Marotta L. 2012. Biorhythms challenge to stock and biodiversity assessments: cabled observatories video-solutions. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual Review. Vol.50. 233-284pp. CRC Press. ISBN 978-1-4398-8998-5.

Metaxas A., Dinning K.M. 2012. Patterns in the abundance of hyperbenthic zooplankton and colonization of marine benthic invertebrates on the seafloor of Saanich Inlet, a seasonally hypoxic fjord. Marine Ecology (2012), 1-12. DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0485.2012.00517.x.

Aguzzi J., Company J.B., Costa C., Menesatti P., Garcia J.A., Bahamon N., Puig P., Sardà F. 2011. Activity rhythms in the deep-sea crustacean: chronobiological challenges and potential technological scenarios. Frontiers in Bioscience 16, 131-150.

Price A., Pospelova V. 2011. High-resolution sediment trap study of organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst production and biogenic silica flux in Saanich Inlet (BC, Canada). Marine Micropaleontology. 80(1-2): 18-43.

Aguzzi J., Costa C., Robert K., Matabos M., Antonucci F., Juniper S.K., Menesatti P. 2011. Automated Image Analysis for the Detection of Benthic Crustaceans and Bacterial Mat Coverage Using the VENUS Undersea Cabled Network. Sensors, 11(11), 10534-10556. DOI:10.3390/s111110534.

Matabos M., Aguzzi J., Robert K., Menesatti C., Costa P., Company J.B., Juniper S.K. 2011. Multi-parametric study of behavioural modulation in demersal decapods at the VENUS cabled observatory in Saanich inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Experimental Biology and Ecology, 401: 89–96.

Lintern D.G., Hill P.R. 2010. An underwater laboratory at the Fraser River delta. EOS, Transactions, AGU 91 (38): 333-44.

Manning C.C., Hamme R.C., Bourbonnais A. 2010. Impact of deep-water renewal events on fixed nitrogen loss from seasonally-anoxic Saanich Inlet. Marine Chemistry, 122:1-10.

Rousseau S., Kunze E., Dewey R., Bartlett K., Dower J. 2010. On the efficiency of turbulence production by swimming marine organisms in the open ocean and coastal waters. Journal of Physical Oceanography 40 (9): 2107-21.

Grundle D.S., Timothy D.A., and Varela D.E. 2009. Variations of phytoplankton productivity and biomass over an annual cycle in Saanich inlet, a British Columbia fjord. Continental Shelf Research 29 (19) (10/30): 2257-69.

Haggan N., Jackson G.D., Lacroix P. 2009. Salmon and eulachon in ecosystem space and time: A plea for wider collaboration and data integration. American Fisheries Society Symposium 69 : 619-36.

Katz T., Yahel G., Yahel R., Tunnicliffe V., Herut B., Snelgrove P., Crusius J., Lazar B. 2009. Groundfish overfishing, diatom decline, and the marine silica cycle: Lessons from Saanich inlet, Canada, and the Baltic Sea cod crash. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 23 (GB4032): 10 PP.

Hill P.R., Conway K., Lintern D.G., Meule S., Picard K., Barrie J.V. 2008. Sedimentary processes and sediment dispersal in the southern Strait of Georgia, BC, Canada. Marine Environmental Research 66: S39-48.

Yahel G., Yahel R., Katz T., Lazar B., Herut B., Tunnicliffe V. 2008. Fish activity: A major mechanism for sediment resuspension and organic matter remineralization in coastal marine sediments. Marine Ecology Progress Series 372: 195-209, DOI:10.3354/meps07688.

Kunze E., Dower J.F., Beveridge I., Dewey R., Bartlett K.P. 2006. Observations of biologically generated turbulence in a coastal inlet. Science (New York, N.Y.) 313 (5794) (Sep 22): 1768-70.

Refereed Proceedings/Chapters

Anderson G. 2010. Decomposition and invertebrate colonization of cadavers in coastal marine environments. IN: Current concepts in forensic entomology. (Eds) Amendt, J. Goff, ML, Campobasso CP, Grassberger M. 350 p., Hardcover 2010. ISBN: 978-1-4020-9683-9.

Taylor S.M. 2009. Transformative ocean science through the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observing systems. Nuclear Instruments Methods in Physics Research. Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 602 (1): 63-7.

Anderson G. 2008. Determination of elapsed time since death in homicide victims disposed in the ocean. investigation into the effects of oceanic submergence on carrion decomposition and faunal colonization using a baited camera. Canadian Police Research Center, Ottawa, Ontario TR-10-2008.

Lintern D.G. 2008. Connecting with the Strait of Georgia – an overview of activities supported by NRCan using the VENUS project. Abstract. Geophysical Research Abstract Vo.10, EGU2008-A-11537.

Lintern D.G., Hill P.R., Conway K. 2008. Using the VENUS underwater network to assess conditions leading to slope failures. In Proceedings of the IV the Canadian Conference on Geo-hazards: from causes to management. (Eds), Locat J. et al. Presse de l'Universite Laval, 594 p. 2008.

Book Chapters

Anderson G. 2009. Fighting crime on the fly. In Forensic scientist, careers solving crime and scientific mysteries., ed. J. Williams. 1st ed., 55-60. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers Inc.

Anderson G. 2008. Forensic entomology. In: Forensic science, an introduction to scientific and investigative techniques, (Eds) James S.H., Nordby J.J. (Eds.) CRC Press pp 137-165. ISBN: 0-8493-2747-4.

LeDrew B., Axford J., Carmichael A., Fraser D., Morley K., Munro J., Scodellaro D. 2008. Into the deep: Assessing the health of our oceans. In BC science probe 10., 119. Toronto, On: Nelson Education.

Conference Proceedings

Woodroffe A., Huster A., White D. 2010. Review of Cabled Observatory Systems and Their Applications to Deep Water Oil and Gas. Offshore Technology Conference 25 May 2011, Houston, USA. pp.7. DOI:10.4043/21826-MS.

Horiuchi T., Wolk F., Macoun P. 2010. Long-term stability of a new conductivity-temperature sensor tested on the VENUS cabled observatory. OCEANS 2010 IEEE – Sydney. pp.1-4. DOI:10.1109/OCEANSSYD.2010.5603512.

Macoun P., Dewey R., Round A. 2010. VENUS – A bottom up approach to building an ocean observing system. OCEANS 2010 IEEE – Sydney (pp.1-9). DOI:10.1109/OCEANSSYD.2010.5603564.

Borstad G., Brown L., Sato M., Lemon D., Kerr R., Willis P. 2010. Long zooplankton time series with high temporal and spatial resolution. OCEANS 2010, pp.9. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2010.5664585.

Proctor A.A., Kennedy J., Gamroth E., Bradley C., Gamroth D. 2010. The Ocean Technology Test Bed – from concept to operation. OCEANS 2010, pp.7. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2010.5664393.

Pirenne B., Guillemot E. 2009. The data management system for the VENUS and NEPTUNE cabled observatories. OCEANS 2009-EUROPE, 2009. OCEANS ’09. pp.4. DOI:10.1109/OCEANSE.2009.5278187.

Lemon D. D., Billenness D., Buermans J. 2008. Comparison of acoustic measurements of zooplankton populations using an acoustic water column profiler and an ADCP. OCEANS 2008, pp.8 DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5152009.

Barnes C.R., Tunnicliffe V. 2008. Building the world’s first multi-node cabled ocean observatories (NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS, Canada): Science, realities, challenges and opportunities. OCEANS 2008 – MTS/IEEE Kobe Techno-Ocean, pp.8. DOI:10.1109/OCEANSKOBE.2008.4531076.

Caimi F.M., Kocak D.M., Dalgleish F., Watson J. 2008. Underwater imaging and optics: Recent advances. OCEANS 2008, pp.9. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5152118.

Slater M., Snyder J. 2008. Connect or terminate: How CONOPS drives design of sub-sea network systems. OCEANS 2008, pp.6. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5152020.

Taylor S.M. 2008. Strategic and business planning for the VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada ocean observing systems. OCEANS 2008, pp.7. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5151873.

Tunnicliffe V., Barnes C.R., Dewey R. 2008. Major advances in cabled ocean observatories (VENUS and NEPTUNE Canada) in coastal and deep sea settings. US/EU-Baltic International Symposium, 2008 IEEE/OES, pp.8. DOI:10.1109/BALTIC.2008.4625496.

Woodroffe A., Round A. 2008. Design and operation of a multi node cabled observatory. OCEANS 2008, pp.5. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5151905.

Woodroffe A., Wrinch M., Pridie S. 2008. Power delivery to subsea cabled observatories. OCEANS 2008, pp.6. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2008.5151906.

Cline D.E., Edgington D.R, Mariette J. 2007. An automated visual event detection system for cabled observatory video. OCEANS 2007, pp.5. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449253.

Dewey R., Round A., Macoun P., Vervynck J., Tunnicliffe V. 2007. The VENUS cabled observatory: Engineering meets science on the seafloor. OCEANS 2007, pp.7. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449171.

Proctor A.A., Bradley C., Gamroth E., Kennedy J. 2007. The Ocean Technology Test Bed – an underwater laboratory. OCEANS 2007, pp.10. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449178.

Qi Z., Cooperstock J.R. 2007. Automated change detection in an undersea environment using a statistical background model. OCEANS 2007, pp.6. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449201.

Lemon D.D., Chave R.A., Clarke M.A., Dewey R., Macoun P. 2007. Inverted echo sounder on a cabled observatory. OCEANS 2007, pp.7. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449192.

Leslie M., Pirenne B., Qi D. 2007. Developing in the dark: Software development and quality assurance for the VENUS/NEPTUNE Canada cabled observatories. OCEANS 2007, pp.5. DOI:10.1109/OCEANS.2007.4449313

Lerner S., Maffei A., Sonnichsen F., Fisher-Carne P., Round A. 2006. A need for underwater Ethernet standards and practices. Proceedings of the Workshop of Scientific use of Submarine Cables and Related Technologies.: 191-195.

Hart P., English J., Round A., Macoun P. 2006. The VENUS experience… a case study of the philosophy, design and implementation of an undersea observatory network in coastal British Columbia. Proceedings of the Workshop of Scientific use of Submarine Cables and Related Technologies.: 42-50.

Other Published Documents

VENUS, 2011. VENUS observes mild and fresh waters in the Salish Sea. IN Irvine, J., Crawford, W.M., State of physical, biological, and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document 2011/054: 107–10.

–––, 2010. State of the Ocean from VENUS IN Irvine, J., and W. M. Crawford. 2010. IN State of physical, biological, and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document 2010/053: 110-4.

–––. 2009. IN State of physical, biological, and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document 2009/030.

–––. 2008. IN State of physical, biological, and selected fishery resources of Pacific Canadian marine ecosystems. Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document 2008/013: 97-8.

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