Area of Expertise:
Dr. Jackson Chu has over a decade of Canadian research experience in deep-water ecosystems, lab-based experiments, and at-sea fieldwork (119 days at sea, 19 expeditions, majority using ROVs).
For his MSc, he mapped and characterized several deep-sea sponge communities and highlighted their substantial contributions to benthic nutrient cycling. For his PhD, he developed long-term monitoring strategies for seafloor communities by examining how seasonal oxygen variability and worsening hypoxia can structure epibenthic biodiversity. During a visiting fellowship with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, he developed habitat suitability models for cold-water corals and sponges for the order to identify vulnerable marine ecosystems throughout the Northeast Pacific region of Canada.
As of 2019, Jackson is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University where he is synthesizing his knowledge and integrative skillset as he works to develop an ecological framework for predicting the response and sensitivity of cold-water, seafloor communities to rapidly changing habitat conditions.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Chu, Jackson & Gasbarro, Ryan & Tunnicliffe, Verena. (2018). The Saanich Inlet ROV Transect 2017: Delayed recovery of the epibenthic community after a sustained period of hypoxia.