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Department of Zoology



I am a Ph.D. student supervised by Dr. David Aldridge. I hold a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, where I investigated the health and growth of juvenile American lobsters in a mixed-bottom habitat, and investigated the potential causes (e.g. gamete limitation) of abnormal egg clutches in lobsters, which dramatically decrease the reproductive productivity of female lobsters.


I am broadly interested in aquatic ecology and have participated in a wide range of projects including biodiversity surveys (bottom trawls, light traps), fisheries surveys (trawls, traps), benthic larvae recruitment studies, behavioural ecology, and phenotypic variation studies.

My Ph.D. research explores the importance of brackish waters as major entrances for invasive non-native species into Great Britain’s freshwater and marine ecosystems. I am exploring (1) the historical pathways of introduction and spread of non-native aquatic species in Great Britain, (2) the role of salinity tolerance in introduction and establishment of such species, and (3) the potential distribution patterns of non-native species identified as high risk threats to British ecosystems under the current and future climate scenarios. My Ph.D. is funded by a Gulbenkian Yuval Cambridge Studentship at Churchill College and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship. 



Key publications: 

Kemp, J. S.*, Tang, F.*, & Aldridge, D. C. Quantifying invader impact: Applying functional response metrics to a rapidly spreading non‐native species. Freshwater Biology.

Tang, F., Haarr, M. L., Sainte-Marie, B., Comeau, M., Tremblay, M. J., Gaudette, J., & Rochette, R. (2018). Spatio-temporal patterns and reproductive costs of abnormal clutches of female American lobster, Homarus americanus, in eastern Canada. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Tang, F., Minch, T., Dinning, K., Martyniuk, C. J., Kilada, R., & Rochette, R. (2015). Size-at-age and body condition of juvenile American lobsters (Homarus americanus) living on cobble and mud in a mixed-bottom embayment in the Bay of Fundy. Marine biology162(1), 69-79.

*Joint first authors 

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