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Aisling Brady

Aisling Brady

Faculty

Mathematics-Science

PhD, Marine Biology (University of Calgary, 2012)

Subjects: Biology
aisling.brady@nic.bc.ca
Port Alberni Campus 250-724-8718 | Location CEN - 109
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4104
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Aisling (pronounced Ashling) came to North Island College in 2012, shortly before completing her doctorate in Tropical Marine Biology, specifically investigating genetic controls in coral spawning behaviour and the role of circadian and circalunar rhythms. Prior to this she completed her Master of Science degree, focusing on coral reef and mangrove interactions in Cuba. During her PhD she recognized her passion for education, and made a commitment to teaching by concurrently pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree at Queen’s University. Aisling's diverse educational background fuels her interest in biotechnology, marine biology, statistics, geography, and human health, which is mirrored in the courses she teaches at NIC.

Research is still a very important part of Aisling's career and led her to become the lead researcher for North Island College’s first NSERC Innovation Enhancement Grant. This was an applied research grant where she worked closely with industry to determine best practices for monitoring benthic impacts from finfish aquaculture on hard substrate sites. She is a member of the Scholarly Activity and Research Committee, as well as the Research Ethics Board. She actively reviews manuscripts for various scientific journals, as well as graduate student theses. 

Aisling is originally from the Niagara region in Ontario, and now calls North Qualicum Beach home. Her spare time is typically spent outdoors, often competing and working with her pointing dog, a Vizsla named Copper.

Credentials

PhD, Marine Biology (University of Calgary, 2012)

BEd, Intermediate/Senior Biology and Geography (Queen's University, 2011)

MSc, Marine Ecology (University of Toronto, 2008)

BSc (Hons), Zoology and Physical Geography (University of Toronto, 2005)

Courses Taught

BIO-060 Concepts in Biology I (Inhabiting the Human Body)

BIO-102 Principles of Modern Biology II

BIO-103 Principles of Modern Biology 1

BIO-110 Concepts of Biology l (Inhabiting The Human Body)

BIO-111 Concepts in Biology II (Inhabiting the Earth)

BIO-160 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO-161 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

BIO-202 Principles of Genetics

BIO-211 Invertebrate Biology

BIO-250 Directed Independent Studies in Biology

Publications

Brady, A.K., Willis, B.L., Harder, L.D., Vize, P.D. (2016). Lunar phase modulates circadian gene expression cycles in the broadcast spawning coral Acropora millepora. The Biological Bulletin, 230 (2), 130-142.

Hilton, J.D., Brady, A.K., Spaho, S.A., Vize, P.D. (2012). Photoreception and signal transduction in corals: proteomic and behavioral evidence for cytoplasmic calcium as a mediator of light responsivity. The Biological Bulletin, 223 (3), 291-299.

Brady, A.K., Snyder, K.A., Vize, P.D. (2011) Circadian cycles of gene expression in the coral, Acropora millepora. PLoS ONE, 6(9): e25072. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0025072

Brady, A.K., Hilton, J.D., Vize, P.D. (2009) Coral spawn timing is a direct response to solar light cycles and is not an entrained circadian response. Coral Reefs, 28 (3), 677-680.

Hernández–Fernández, L., De la Guardia, E., Brady, A.K. (2008). Comunidades de corales pétreos en la costa norte de Ciego de Ávila, Cuba. Revista de Investigaciones Marinas, 29 (2), 125-130. 

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