Tomer is an Aquatic Biologist with SEM Ltd. based in St. John’s. He has a B.Sc. in Biology and Marine Biotechnology from Ben-Gurion University, M.Sc. in Aquaculture, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Memorial University (MUN).
His Ph.D. work on Atlantic salmon nutrigenomics was part of an International multidisciplinary project in collaboration with Genome Canada, Genome Atlantic, InnovateNL, and the industry partner Cargill Innovation. Prior to, and during his Ph.D., Tomer initiated and developed research proposals, and secured funding, including $99K from the provincial government and $63K from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), for research collaborations with the aquaculture industry. He has authored over 15 scientific publications and technical reports in the areas of aquatic biology and aquaculture research. Tomer has 11 years of valuable interdisciplinary experience in fish nutrition and biochemical analyses, production traits and health monitoring, functional genomics, water quality, as well as fisheries and aquatic surveys design and management.
Tomer also has a diverse background working with the Aquatic Resources Division of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in NL, the private aquaculture industry with Golden Eagle Sable Fish in BC, and in post-secondary educational institutions such as Excel College, BC and MUN. Since joining SEM, he managed several aquatic field programs, data collection and analyses, and written reports for environmental effects monitoring programs, fish habitat compensation projects, and aquatic assessments.
He is an active board member of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, and has an Advanced Open Water Diver and Transport Canada accredited boat certifications (SVOP, ROC-M, MED).