|We work at the interface of theory and data in the areas of ecology, conservation, and epidemiology. While this often involves developing and applying quantitative models, we also enjoy fieldwork and experiments, particularly on warm sunny days on calm seas. Some of our projects are focussed on issues relevant for conservation and policy, but we are also fascinated by nature's curiosities, such as why do some salmon cycle?|
Field Station: Some of our research focusses on Pacific salmon and is based at the Salmon Coast Field Station located in the Canadian islands somewhere in the picture above.
Opportunities: There are opportunities for excellent MSc and PhD students who are creative, quantitative, and motivated. Possible research projects might involve population dynamics, salmon ecology, infectious diseases, marine aquaculture, fisheries ecology, or biodiversity conservation.
Manna Warburton wins award for the best student presentation in the conservation section of the NZ Freshwater Biology conference. Congrats Manna!
New publication by Steph Peacock in Ecological Applications indicates that careful parasite management on salmon farms is linked to improved survival of wild salmon in British Columbia. See press in the G&M and CBC.
New publication by MK and European colleagues in the Proceedings of the Royal Society reports experimental evidence that parasites have a major impact on salmon recruitment, fisheries, and conservation in the Northeast Atlantic. See press at BBC.
New publication by Brendan Connors suggests ocean scale competition and local disease pressure act synergistically to drive the decline of an iconic salmon stock in Canada - now in Conservation Letters... and it made the cover!
Gayle Somerville wins a best poster award for her work modeling Paua fisheries at the NZ-Aus Marine Science Meeting. Congrats Gayle!
Anthea Ibell wins the Austral-Asia Rolex Our World Underwater Scholarship - an opportunity of a lifetime to explore and study marine systems around the world via SCUBA. Congrats Anthea!
Its a bit old now, but some of our work on Pacific salmon and parasitic copepods has made the news, including The New York Times, The Economist, Science, Nature, and others.