Graduate Student Advisors

What are the responsibilities of the CEW Graduate Student Advisor?

The position requires:

1) Attendance at both annual workshops held during the two years of the position (Halifax, 2020, TBA 2021).

The Board of Directors will cover reasonable costs associated with the Graduate Student Advisor’s participation at CEW in 2020 and 2021.  

2) Active involvement in promoting, preparing and running the student program during the 2020 and 2021 workshops.  Duties are shared with the 2019-2020 GSA and the future 2020-2021 GSA. 

3) Attendance at the annual Board of Director’s meeting (held during the workshop) and 2-3 conference calls held throughout the year. 

Who is eligible to apply?

A graduate student pursuing a relevant area of study who will continue to be a graduate student for the duration of the two-year period (i.e., February 1, 2020 – January 31, 2022). 

How to apply?

By the deadline of December 31, 2019, interested applicants should submit:

  • a one-page Statement of Interest,
  • a CV, and
  • a letter of support (emailed separately) from their academic advisor.

For more information, or to submit an application, please contact Hossein Mehdi ( or Carrie Rickwood (

What is a GSA?

The purpose of the GSA positions is to introduce student members of CEW at the start of their careers to the function and goals of the Board of Directors in hopes that, once established, they will develop an interest in chairing a CEW and/or serving on the Board of Directors.

In addition to advising the Board of Directors, the role of the GSA is to assist the Organizing Committee (OC) with the Student Program subcommittee. GSAs have a varied role and duties include evaluating and reporting on the student program to the Board of Directors, providing a level of core consistency for the student program from year to year, orient each new OC of past student events, and providing information of value to the new OC.

How to become a GSA:

Each year, the Chair of the Board sends out a broadcast email inviting graduate students to apply for one two-year appointment as an Officer of CEW. Invites usually occur after CEW in late fall and applications are received by December 31. The GSA term begins on February 1 of the calendar year in which the GSA is appointed by the Board of Directors

If you are interested in becoming a GSA, talk to one of our Board members or current GSAs to get some insight on the position and keep an eye out for the invite to apply in late fall each year. For more information contact:

Our current GSAs:

Hossein Mehdi (Graduate Student Advisor 2018 – 2019):

Hossein joined Dr. Sigal Balshine’s Aquatic Behavioural Ecology Laboratory at McMaster University in September 2017. He studies the impacts of wastewater effluent contamination in Hamilton Harbour on the physiological and behavioural responses in round goby and other freshwater fishes. He received his MSc in Biology (Water) from the University of Waterloo where he worked with Dr. Paul Craig studying the impacts of multiple stressors on energetics and stress response in fishes using lab and field approaches.  Email:

Stephanie Graves (Graduate Student Advsior 2019 – 2020)

Stephanie is a third-year PhD student supervised by David Janz at the University of Saskatchewan and studies the fate and effects of selenium in Canadian boreal lake food webs. Stephanie has a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of New Brunswick, where she was supervised by Karen Kidd and assessed the health of wild fish populations from a biological mercury hotspot in Nova Scotia. Email: