Matt Anderson

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Matts MSc research focuses on examining spatial and temporal trends in the feeding ecology of Arctic char and ringed seals around the Nunatsiavut region of Labrador using stable isotopes and mercury (Hg) concentrations. The importance of Arctic char and ringed seals in Arctic food webs and their sensitivity to environmental change make them excellent indicator species for assessing the effects of climate change on marine species. Climate change is already resulting in declines of Arctic sea ice and rising sea surface temperatures and alterations in food web dynamics are expected to occur. A better understanding of potential shifts in Arctic marine food webs driven by environmental conditions at the regional level can assist in quantifying how climate change will affect Arctic marine food webs in the future.