Community partners, collaborators and links

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I currently work as a Senior Fisheries Biologist for Ecofish Research, a leading company in environmental assessment and monitoring.


CCIRA_LogoThe Central Coast First Nations (, which comprise the Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations. These nations are looking for academic partners to help implement their harmonized marine-use plan and tackle resource management problems in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Heiltsuk logoKX logo_4_clans Nuxalk Fisheries Logo WUIKINUXV LOGO

Hakai logoSo much thanks goes to Dr. Eric Peterson, Christina Munck and the staff and programs of the Hakai Beach Institute / Tula Foundation. They inspire science, long-term monitoring, education and capacity building programs in the Great Bear Rainforest. Program staff to thank include Wayne Jacob, Grant Callegari, Ian Giesbrecht, and Skye McEwan. Check out the Hakai blog for updates!

UVic logoI am presently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Also check out Ecology at UVic. We have a statistics / beer drinking group (EcoStats) that meet in University House 4 every Tuesday at 4:30!

SFU logoFor high-level aquatic science in Canada, check out the Earth to Ocean Research Group in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. For community-based interdisciplinary research in the Great Bear Rainforest, check out the Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management

QQS logoQqs Projects Society, a Heiltsuk Nation non-profit in Bella Bella, B.C., have been supporting First Nation youth, culture and environment programs for many years, including the Koeye fish weir project. Jess Housty and William Housty are long-time friends of mine and important First Nations leaders on our coast! Also check out the blog of Will Atlas, Salmon Program Coordinator for Qqs.

CFN logoThe Coastal Stewardship Network, a project of Coastal First Nations, supports the First Nation stewardship offices to monitor, steward and protect the lands and waters of the central and north coast. I have been working with their staff to support the Regional Monitoring System, an important tool for communities to collect data relevant to resource management in their territories.

Tom ReimchenDr. Thomas Reimchen was one of my most important mentors and PhD supervisor in the Department of Biology, University Of Victoria. Tom is a pioneer researcher on the evolution and ecology of stickleback and we continue to collaborate on Salmon Forests research.

John ReynoldsDr. John Reynolds, a Hakai Professor and Tom Buell Chair in Salmon Conservation at Simon Fraser University, is another of my most important mentors and postdoctoral supervisor. John coordinates a large-scale project linking salmon to biodiversity in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Dr. Ken Lertzman, Director of the Hakai Network, Ken Lertzmanand Leader of the Forest Ecology and Management Lab, in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University. Check out the Bog Forest Ecosystems research at the Hakai Beach Institute!

Chris DarimontDr. Chris Darimont, in the Applied Conservation Science Lab in the Department of Geography, University of Victoria. Chris and I did our PhD’s together with Tom Reimchen on the Central Coast. Check out some of Chris’s research on bears and community partnerships in the video “Bear Witness” – a project of the Central Coast First Nations.

Brian HuntEvgeny PakhomovDr. Brian Hunt and Dr. Evgeny Pakhomov in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of British Columbia, are coordinating important marine ecology work in partnership with the Hakai Beach Institute and in Rivers Inlet

Paul and MorganMy close friend, Dr. Paul Spence, is a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. We teach marine-terrestrial interactions together at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Look out for our course in 2014!

Brian StarzomskiDr. Brian Starzomski in the Ian McTaggart-Cowan biodiversity lab in the School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria. Check out Brian’s climate and biodiversity research out of the Hakai Beach Institute. Another cool link is the central coast biodiversity website!

Rick RoutledgeDr. Rick Routledge is a Professor of Statistics at Simon Fraser University and has done some important work in understanding the sockeye salmon populations of Rivers Inlet. He was part of a team who found Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) virus in salmon smolts from Rivers Inlet (media release).

Brendan ConnorsDr. Brendan Connors is a systems ecologist with ESSA Technologies and an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University. Brendan has been working with the Salmon Coast research station in the Broughton Archipelago for many years. We have been working together to collect tissue samples from salmon on the central coast so that we can test for the presence of pathogens like ISA virus that may affect salmon survival.

Nick DulvyDr. Nicholas Dulvy is a brilliant marine ecologist and directs the Marine Biodiversity and Conservation lab in the Earth to Ocean group at Simon Fraser University. Check out our new paper on how “Salmon subsidize an escape from a size spectrum” in Proc B

Richard RingDr. Richard Ring is a Professor Emeritus in Entomology and my co-supervisor for my PhD at UVic with Tom Reimchen. I spent much of my early scientific career as an entomologist in training with Richard working on the insects of the Salmon Forest!

Duncan McLarenDr. Duncan McLaren of the Hakai Beach Institute and University of Victoria leads an archaeology program to construct a long-term history of the people and environment of the Hakai region over the past 15,000 years.

MFLNRODr. Andy Mackinnon and Dr. Sari Saunders, Coast Forest Region Research Section – Ecology, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Check out the Coast Experimental Watersheds Programme!

DFOSandie MacLaurin, Community Adviser for the Central Coast, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Sandie and I have been working with Mike Reid, Aquatics Manager for the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, in Bella Bella, to improve sockeye salmon stewardship in the region.

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