Research

POPULATION BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION

Our general research philosophy: a fuller understanding of biodiversity and its consequences to humanity means integrating ecological, evolutionary and genetic principles (‘eco-evo-gen’).

Our general research goal: to determine (i) how population diversity within species arises, evolves and persists in the face of natural and human-induced environmental changes, and (ii) its consequences for species conservation and restoration programs, fisheries management, sustainable aquaculture, and policy associated with biodiversity science.

Our research approach: combine field, laboratory, molecular and traditional ecological knowledge studies of natural fish populations. We also increasingly adopt meta-analytic techniques and across-taxa research syntheses.

Our research commonly involves collaboration with governmental agencies, First Nations communities and non-governmental organizations.

CHIEF RESEARCH TOPICS

1) Adapting to environmental change
2) Fisheries-induced evolution
3) Conservation biology of small populations
4) Northern Fisheries monitoring: integrating traditional and scientific knowledge
5) Eco-evolutionary dynamics in species restoration and captive breeding/rearing
6) Population diversity and conservation: a macroecology perspective

CURRENT/PAST RESEARCH COLLABORATORS

Dr. Jeffrey Hutchings, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dr. Louis Bernatchez, Université Laval, Québec, QC, Canada
Dr. Michael M. Hansen, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Dr. Alison Derry, Université du Québec a Montreal (UQAM), Montreal, QC, Canada
Dr. William Ardren, US Fish & Wildlife Service, VT, USA
Dr. John Post, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Dr. Chris Solomon, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Dr. Sean Rogers, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
Dr. Irene Gregory-Eaves, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Dr. Friso Palstra, CRNS UMR, Paris, France
Dr. Jim Grant, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Dr. Patrick O’Reilly, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dr. Anna Calvert, Environment Canada and Bird Studies Canada
Dr. David Veliz, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
Dr. Laura Weir, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dr. Craig Purchase, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, Canada
Dr. Chris Wilson, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada
Dr. Eric Taylor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dr. Paul Bentzen, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dr. Moira Ferguson, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
Dr. David Hardie, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Halifax, NS, Canada
Dr. Coilin Minto, Irish Fisheries Institute, Galloway, Ireland
Jim Eddington, Aquatron Laboratory, Halifax, NS, Canada

CURRENT/PAST RESEARCH PROJECT PARTNERS OR SPONSORS:

US Fish & Wildlife Service
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
Le Fonds Québécois de la recherche sure la nature et les technologies
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
Parks Canada (Yoho, Kootenay, Banff National Parks, Alberts + BC
Parks Canada (Fundy National Park, New Brunswick)
Parks Canada (Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta)
Hydro Quebec, Niskamoon Corporation, Quebec
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF)
Concordia University, Facility Optimization Program
Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, NL
Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
Aquatron Laboratory, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Société de la faune et des parcs du Québec (FAPAQ)
Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (SEPAQ)
Ministère des ressources naturelles, QC
Department of Inland Fisheries, NS
Grand Council of the Crees of Québec
Cree Regional Authority
Cree Nation of Mistissini, QC
Cree Trapper’s Association, Mistissini, QC
Atlantic Salmon Federation
Ecology Action Centre, Halifax, NS
Trout Unlimited Canada
Trout Nova Scotia
Mountain Equipment Co-op
Eeyou Nemess Corporation
Barrette Chapais LtD
Osprey Excursions Reg’D, Mistissini, QC
Camp Louis Joliet, Mistissini, QC
Fonds Ecologique Anne Vallee
Fonds Richard Bernard