Luke Poirier

PhD candidate at the University of Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island

Luke is a PhD candidate at the University of Prince Edward Island. His current project links shellfish research with resource management and also addresses the concerns of Prince Edward Island shellfishers regarding the invasive European green crab. Working closely with local stakeholders, Luke is attempting to advance a directed fishery for the species by developing innovative products. Specifically, his projected outcome is to commercialize a soft-shelled crab product that holds high value in overseas markets. He is excited to apply creative measures to protect and maintain local ecosystems from this invasive species while supporting PEI’s world-famous shellfish industry. Interested in new collaborations, Luke’s research has included projects involving both academia and governmental agencies. In addition to his studies, Luke is also active in Science Education outreach as outgoing coordinator of “Let’s Talk Science!” at UPEI.