News

May-June 2019

STINT initiation grant and study-visit at Hiroshima University. Our collaborative project got recently granted a 150,000 SEK initiation grant from STINT, the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Education. With this grant, we have planned 2 studies visit to Hiroshima University (June and November), and two studies visit to Gothenburg (August and November). Activities include learning to work and cultivate marine Anammox bacteria and build both culture and marine recirculating systems with Anammox bacteria in Sweden and seminars to present our project.

During our first visit to Hiroshima, we have learned how to cultivate and work with marine Anammox and given a seminar in front on 20 persons.

Hiroshima June


March-April 2019

MIRAI sustainability workshop (28-29 March) and study visit at Hiroshima University (01 April). Once again I proudly represented SWEMARC at this new MIRAI gathering at TokyoTech where I presented the latest advances of our collaborative project MARTINIS (‘Mariculture technical innovations in Sweden’, that was recently awarded 150,000 SEK from STINT, the Swedish Foundation for international cooperation in research and higher education to start our collaborative project. This money will allow researchers from SWEMARC, Lund and Hiroshima to travel, plan experiments and workshops. I also had the privilege to co-chair the group ‘solution for water resources’.

I continued my Japanese trip with Dr Federico Micolucci to Hiroshima University, where we had a one day workshop at the laboratory of professor Tomonri Kindaichi where we planned the next steps of our collaboration. Stay tuned for more news!

New article accepted for publication in Aquaculture (to be published in the May issue): Fish welfare, fast muscle cellularity, fatty acid and body-composition of juvenile spotted wolffish (Anarhichas minor) fed a combination of plant proteins and microalgae (Nannochloropsis oceanica). This is the result of our collaboration with Nord University in Bodo and part of the PhD thesis of Helene Knutsen, that successfully defended her work on the 27th of March.Proudly representing SWEMARC at the ‘Danskt selskab för marinbiologi’ (annual meeting of the Danish society of marine biology and presenting ‘Aquaculture in closed containment systems- health and welfare of farmed fish’ on the 12th of March.


January 2019

Happy new year!

It is the time of the year to look at the scientific production for 2018:

The work of 2018 resulted in two articles published and several presentations in Sweden, China and Japan.

Stay tuned for our articles on our work on wolffish and more news to come with my new position within SWEMARC, the Swedish mariculture research center, as a researcher for two more years.


October 2018

  • NOMACULTURE RAS and wolffish workshop. On the 15th of September, we co-held at the University of Gothenburg and at Chalmers our workshop were we presented our latest results on RAS research and wolffish to stakeholders, together with the RAS simulation program developed by our colleagues at Chalmers: LiBRAS.
    https://github.com/FishSim/LibRAS.

Stakeholders testing LiBRAS

  • As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Diplomatic relationships between Sweden and Japan, an alumni reception was held at the Swedish embassy on the 9th of October. For this occasion, I was representing the University of Gothenburg as part of a researcher panel invited to present my research in the context of the SDG’s in front of almost 150 alumni, before heading to the Ambassador’s reception, his Excellency Magnus Robach for the MIRAI’s participants.

    The alumni reception researcher panel with his Excellency Magnus Robach, ambassador of Sweden in Japan (left); the MIRAI participant’s at the kick-off lecture on October 9th at the University of Tokyo (right).

    • On the 11-12th of October, I took part in the water resources sub-topic of the MIRAI sustainability scientific session held at Sophia University. I represented SWEMARC and presented SWEMARC vision and objectives through an oral presentation and a poster. I also presented together with Dr. Federico Micolucci (Lund University) and Professor Tomonori Kindaich (Hiroshima University) our collaborative research plan: the MARTINI project (Mariculture technical innovations in Sweden). In this project, we aim to introduce a combination of membranes coupled with marine Anammox reactor in the marine recirculating aquaculture system at the University of Gothenburg in order to improve organic waste removal in our system.

    Presentation of SWEMARC and the MARTINIS research project (center) with my collaborators Prof. Kindaichi (Hiroshima University, right) and Dr Micolucci (Lund University, left)

    • Prior to the MIRAI sessions, Dr Micolucci and myself visite the laboratory of professor Kindaichi in Hiroshima and discussed logistic and strategic funding plan for our project.

      Marine Anammox reactors at the University of Hiroshima

      • First edition of my first biology textbook published: Biologie, collection Fluoresciences Dunod editor (France): first year biology textbook, in French. 540 pages, congratulations to my co-authors and thanks to Dunod edition for their trust and patience. More informations here: https://www.dunod.com/livres-jonathan-roques.Biologie
      • September 2018

        • Elsevier 3rd Aquaculture conference, Qingdao, China (25-28/09). Presenting our data from our experiment on the impact of acute and chronic warming waters on physiology, metabolism and growth performance of the Atlantic wolffish. This year, the conference opted for a very innovative format: lightening talks of 5 minutes and poster presentations. This really encouraged people to visit posters and greatly stimulated discussions. We have presented and marketed our wolffish SWEMARC and had a lot of fruitful discussions and possibly following future collaborations in the future.

        • Study visits of Chinese farms. Following the Aquaculture conference, with my fellow SWEMARC colleagues we have on a tour in the Sanggou bay and Dalian to visit aquaculture equipment manufacturer, open cages and closed system aquaculture farms, including IMTA companies. We ended up on local fish markets where we could see local farmed species.


        August 2018

        • New article published in Zoolical studies: Salinity Variation in a Mangrove Ecosystem: A Physiological Investigation to Assess Potential Consequences of Salinity Disturbances on Mangrove Crabs’. From my work did at the CUFR de Mayotte on mangrove crabs. Click here for the full text.

        • Attending the WAS/EAS conference AQUA 2018, #We R Aquaculture in my hometown of Montpellier (25-29 August). Learning more about current status of aquaculture and prospecting for novel material to add to our recirculation systems. I also won a free registration for next year’s EAS conference in Berlin.


        June 2018

            • Abstract accepted for the Elsevier AQUA 2018 in Qingdao (China): I will be presenting our work on the impact of elevated temperature on stress and welfare of Atlantic wolffish.
            • Attending the first international seaweed conference in Tjärno (Sweden). Learning more about current status of seaweeds farming, seaweed biology and possibilities to incorporate them in our future IMTA.

        Interesting lectures about seaweed cultivation, IMTA, visiting the pilot farm and trying out seaweed burgers at the conference

            • New manuscript accepted! The work realized at the University in Mayotte on mangrove crabs ecotoxicology during my time there as a researcher and completed by Dimitri Theuerkauff during his PhD thesis was accepted for publication in Zoological Studies. Stay tuned for the PDF version of the manuscript.

            • Co-representing SWEMARC at the MIRAI workshop on sustainability ‘from source to sink’ (7-8 June). The objective of the MIRAI network is to connecting Swedish and Japanese universities through research, education and innovation. Promising contact have been made with potential future collaborators in Japan and Sweden, especially concerning the use of membranes and novel marine bacteria in RAS. I will be attending the follow-up seminar and workshop hosted by Sophia University in Tokyo this October.

        This workshop was followed by a very nice diner onboard of the Ostindiefararen Götheborg where we met with our vice-chancelor during diner celebrating the 150 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan.


        May 2018

            • End of our experiment on the impact of temperature on temperature tolerance of Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus). Results under analysis, stay tuned!

            • End of the Bachelor project of my student Felicia on the impact of acute exposure to warm water on the stress response of Atlantic wolffish. Congratulations for your hardwork and for a very nice presentation!

            • Reviewing articles for Aquaculture and Aquaculture Research, and finalizing my chapters for the textbook written for the FLUORESCIENCE series of the DUNOD editors, due this August.

        April 2018
            • Abstract submitted for the Elsevier Aquaculture conference in Qingdao (China) 25-28 September
              https://www.elsevier.com/events/conferences/aquaculture

              • Participating at the ‘Forskarfika‘, co-organized by the University of Gothenburg during the Science festival (saturday 21); meeting and presenting my project over a ‘fika’ to the general public curious to known about wolffish research.

              https://www.facebook.com/events/208164403274084/

              • AquaAgri annual meeting. Last year meeting with the protagonists of the five projects of AquaAgri and the funding agencies. This year it was organized by the NOMACULTURE research group, where we hosted the meeting at Gothenburg University and Kristinaberg research stations (April 17 and 18). Presentation of the last results and discussions on future collaborations and projects with the different partners and tour of the wolffish and lobster facilities.

              • FORMAS application: the MARTINIS project (MARine Technichal INnoations In Sweden). I have applied for a three years funding to follow-up my research project at Gothenburg University where I would like to work on novel generation multitrophic aquaculture systems (IMTA).


        March 2018

        Launch of the experiment on temperature tolerance of Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) at Gothenburg university where we following the impact on metabolism (respiration), growth, physiology and welfare of juvenile wolffish exposed to two temperatures.


        February 2018

        SWEMARC 2nd General assembly in Kristinaberg

        Meeting our collaborators and presenting my work on the research areas 3 (Mariculture systems) and 4 (Aquafeed development) and discussing further collaborations.


        January 2018

        Happy new year!

        It is the time of the year to look at the scientific production:
        The work of 2017 resulted in one article published and one poster presentation.

        Source: google scholar and webofknowledge

        January is quite busy, continuing the experiment on nutritional requirement of Atlantic wolffish with my colleagues, grading the fish (we reached another milestone with our first 100 g fish) and designing new follow-up experiment.


        December 2017

        Launch of the experiment on nutritional requirement of Atlantic wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) at Gothenburg university.

        Raceway system at GU


        November 2017

        Visit of the campus of the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), co-representing Sweden for the RAS and education meeting (28-29 November) in order to discuss the current situation of aquaculture education in Nordic countries and future actions/collaborations. Visit of several fish farms in the vicinity.

        Conference in Strasbourg: CEPA3; colloque d’Ecophysiologie Animale: presenting a poster from my work in Poitiers on the stress response in terrestrial isopods. (6-8 November).

        Lecturing in Poitiers. Back at the University of Poitiers for a seminar in front on the students from the International Master in Applied Ecology (IMAE) 2017-19. 10 November.


        October 2017

        New article published in Aquatic Invasions: Status of Pacifastacus leniusculus and its role in recent crayfish plague outbreaks in France: improving distribution and crayfish plague infection patterns. Work did together with my former colleagues at the University of Poitiers Prof.Frédéric Grandjean. Click here for the full text.


        Summer 2017

        Maintenance of the sea-water system and follow-up of the growth and well-being of the wolffish with our wolffish and preparation of experiments during the fall.


        July 2017

        Helping out as member of the local helpers team for the SEB annual meeting in Gothenburg.

        SEB meeting


        June 2017

        – Reception of 1200 wolffish juveniles from Iceland and setting-up the tanks to welcome them in Gotheburg and Kristinaberg.

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        – Sampling of salmonid kelts for the project ‘Atlantic salmon kelt physiology: endocrine regulation of growth, metabolism and appetite’ (more information here) in Umeå.

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        Spring 2017

        Collaborations with NORD University in Norway, working on improving the diet or wolffish with micro-algae supplementation.


        January 2017

        Happy new year!

        Planning the experimental procedure and starting to prepare the RAS to welcome the wolffish and start the experiments hopefully in the spring.

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        It is the time of the year to look at the scientific production:

        webofknowledge2016

        Source: webofknowledge

        The work of 2016 resulted in two articles submitted in January 2017 to make a good start for this year, plus another one hopefully ready for spring.


        December 2016

        Visit in Norway of the NORD University and the spotted wolfish farm Aminor. A very nice and fruitful meeting with Norwegian, Icelandic and Canadian partners and the start of the WOLFNET network and future collaborations.

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        November 2016

        Starting my new postdoctoral position at department of biological and environmental life sciences at the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden. I will be working here for two years within the project NOMACULTURE, aiming to find the optimal culture conditions for the promising wolffish species for the Swedish aquaculture industry, Anarhichas minor and Anarhichas lupus.

        More information’s about this project NOMACULTURE here:

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        August 2016

        Last month at Poitiers University. Last set of experiments on terrestrial isopods stress physiology with chronic exposure to herbicide

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        May 2016

        – Welcoming the students for their internship an beginning of the experiments on stress in woodlouse

        – Reviewer for the journal International Journal of Aquaculture

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        April 2016


        End of the classes period. Good luck to all my students for the exams

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        December 2015

        Reviewer for NOAA/NMFS Saltonstall-Kennedy Research Grant Program, NOAA, Department of Commerce, USA

        Reviewer for the scientific journal Aquaculture research

        – Congratulations to my former colleague Jeroen Boerrigter for the obtention of his PhD degree


        November 2015

        New article published in Aquaculture Research: ‘Ambient salinity and osmoregulation, energy metabolism and growth in juvenile yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi Valenciennes 1833) in a recirculating aquaculture system. Work did together with Ainhoa Blanco Garcia and my former colleagues at IMARES.Click here for the full text


        September 2015

        Start of the academic year at the University of Poitiers, research team Ecology, Evolution, Symbiosis. Preparing and giving lectures in biodiversity, statistics and evolutionary strategies. Setting up of my new research project: the stress response in  the common pill woodlouse, A. vulgare

        Submission of my grant proposal for the Marie Curie Horizon 2020 call


        August 2015

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        – Presenting at the Aquaculture conference (AQUA 2015)

                1. The impact of elevated water nitrogenous wastes concentration on physiology,   growth and feed intake of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) and pikeperch (Sander Lucioperca) (Lecture AQUA2015)
                2. Aspects of fish welfare in aquaculture practices (Poster_AQUA2015)

        July 2015

        – Preparation of the Marie Curie grant proposal

        Reviewer for the scientific journal Aquaculture research


        June 2015

        – Visit of the University of Poitiers where I will be working from september as lecturer and perform research on woodlouse and the bacteria wolbachia

        – Invited at the University of Liverpool by Dr. Lynne Sneddon to visit the facilities and prepare our joint Marie Curie grant application (session of september 2015)

        – Two abstracts accepted for the Aquaculture conference in Montpellier (August 23-26/2015): one oral presentation and one poster

        Reviewer for the scientific journal Aquaculture research

        New article published in Aquaculture Research: The impact of elevated water nitrite concentration on physiology, growth and feed intake of African catfish, Clarias gariepinus. Click here for the full text


        May 2015

        New article published in Aquaculture Research: ‘Recovery from transportation by road of farmed European eel (Anguilla anguilla)’. Work did together with Jeroen Boerrigter and Remy Manuel.Click here for the full text


        April 2015

        Two abstracts submitted for the Aquaculture Conference 2015, held in my hometown of Montpellier this summer (23-26 august)

        Reviewer for the scientific journal Aquaculture research


        March 2015

        Opening of the 2015 assistant professorship positions campain in French universities: applications sent to several interesting positions in my field of expertise: promoting fish welfare and improving aquaculture techniques


        February 2015

        Official qualification to apply for lecturer functions in French Universities for the sections 66 (physiology) and 68 (biology of the organisms), from the Academic year 2015-2016 on

        Reviewer for NOAA/NMFS Saltonstall-Kennedy Research Grant Program (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). NOAA, Department of Commerce, USA

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