While much of our current research is on connections between salmon and ecosystems in British Columbia, our studies have ranged from mating systems of arctic birds to conservation of Cambodian snakes. Someday, we’ll really try to focus. In the meantime, a scan below will provide you with a good breadth of the lab's research interests.
Together, Dr John Reynolds from Simon Fraser University and Dr Brian Starzomski at the University of Victoria have been coordinating the BC Parks iNaturalist Program, which aims to use community (citizen) science to collect photo observations of plants and animals in BC’s provincial parks. For the past 3 summers we have offered “the best job in the world” to 4-6 students and recent graduates to camp their way around the province, collecting tens of thousands of photos of everything from mosses to moose. This work is exploring the bounds of what can be deduced from community science generally, and more specifically we are learning about the distributions of species across the province, with an emphasis on rare and threatened species.
Life Histories & Extinction Risk
A long-standing interest has been in how fundamental life history traits of fishes, such as age at maturity and body size, are linked to the ability of populations to withstand various levels of fishing. Phylogenetically-based comparative studies of these links between traits, population dynamics, and fisheries have ranged from North Sea marine fishes to European freshwater fishes. We were also the first to demonstrate changes in marine fish distributions in relation to climate change (Perry et al., 2005) and that species that shifted northward more rapidly had faster life histories.