So the goal of my research when I come to PEI will be to actually focus activities on the interaction between healthy fish populations and the environment, with a primary goal of producing healthy fish and healthy communities.
I think the career achievements that I am most proud of, actually relate to the graduate students and the postdocs that I’ve trained that have gone on and taken faculty positions and contributed to science. And probably most importantly, actually impacted science in a way that they can convey that into a policy‑making framework which, really is part of our responsibility as scientists.
Atlantic Veterinary College has exceptionally strong programs in veterinary epidemiology and aquatic health sciences. They have a university president who’s engaged in various parts of activities that are directly related, for example, he was in Montreal providing or leading the presentation of the CERC.
And I think probably the critical issue is to make sure the science that we do is policy and stakeholder relevant and also to have a strong outreach educational component, which I think the other part to this. The public needs to be informed, they need to be engaged in the discussion, they need to be informed about evidence, and about how evidence actually goes into policy development.