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Student activities will take place throughout IMCC4, from Sunday, 31 July, to Wednesday, 3 August 2016. Activities may have a delegate capacity or registration fee. All student activities require registration. Activity descriptions can be found below. Students should also check out the symposia, workshops, focus groups, short courses, and other program pages.

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Student Best Talk Awards Finalist Presentations

  • Location: Delta Conference Centre
  • Time: Sunday, 31 July 15:00-17:00
  • Room: Salon B
  • Submission: Abstract submission occurred through the IMCC4 abstract system
  • Cost: No fee

This session will feature the presentations of finalists for the IMCC4 Student Awards. Presentations will be judged by a panel that includes members of the IMCC4 Student Activities Committee, IMCC Organizers, and SCB Marine Section board members. Students interested in having their abstracts considered for the Student Awards Presentations signed up through the IMCC4 abstract submission system. Students chosen to present in the Student Awards Presentations session will be notified after abstracts are reviewed.


  • Nur Arafeh Dalmau:  Designing a network of MPAs in a transboundary context: Baja California as the fifth region of California's MPAs 
  • Amanda Holdman:  Spatio-temporal patterns and ecological drivers of harbor porpoise (Phocoena Phocoena) off the central Oregon coast prior to wave energy development 
  • Jenn Burt:  Marine protected area network design features that support resilient human-ocean systems: Applications for British Columbia, Canada 
  • Rebecca Ross: Using larval dispersal models to answer questions about offshore marine protected area network connectivity 
  • Nicola Zargarpour: Using underwater video to investigate the impact of invasive green crab (Carcinus maenas) on American lobster (Homarus americanus) catch efficiency
  • Nicola Okes: Impacts of urbanisation on the distribution, diet and health of the Cape clawless otter, South Africa
  • Julia Mason: A comparison of scientist and stakeholders perspectives on ocean research priorities 
  • Elitza Germanov: Plastics on the menu: Microplastics are present in the feeding habitats of manta rays

Conservation Conversations: Beyond Business Cards (Speed-Networking Event)

  • Location: Delta Conference Centre
  • Date: Monday, 1 August 13:15-14:45 (Lunchtime)
  • Room: Salon B
  • Capacity: 150 students
  • Cost: No fee

Does the thought of interviews make your heart race? If asked why hire you, do you find yourself saying ‘um’ a lot? Come meet a diverse range of conservation professionals in a fast-paced environment while learning how to perfect your pitch, learning about the dos and don'ts of networking and ensuring a professional personal brand. This is a brown bag event, so students are encouraged to bring their own lunches. Onsite boxed lunches are available for purchase through IMCC4 registration. Pre-registration for this event is required.

Take a Break and Enjoy Nature: Fort Amherst Hike for Students

This trip has been cancelled. Delegates who purchased a ticket will be refunded. If you have not received an email concerning a refund for your ticket to this event, please email Mary Lou Scarbrough.


Student Activities Fundraiser & Social: IMCC4 Pub Trivia

This event has been cancelled. Delegates who purchased a ticket will be refunded. If you have not received an email concerning a refund for your ticket to this event, please email Mary Lou Scarbrough.

Plenary Luncheon

  • Location: Rocket Bakery, 272 Water Street, St. John's (approx. 5-10 minute walk)
  • Date: Wednesday, 3 August 
  • Time: Lunch break (13:15-14:45)
  • Capacity: 50 Students
  • Cost: No fee

This lunch event honors our plenary speakers and offers students a chance to meet the speakers on a more personal level and learn more about their life contributions to the marine community in an informal setting. Food will not be provided, but lunch and other goodies can be purchased onsite at the awesome Rocket Bakery. Pre-registration for this event is required, and the event is expected to fill quickly.