I am an Assistant
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Population Ecology. I work primarily on population dynamics in the areas of conservation, disease, and fisheries. My group does fieldwork, laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, and statistical modeling. I run a long-term field program on salmon in British Columbia in partnership with the Salmon Coast Field Station
and the Hakai Institute
, and we have collaborations with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. I am an editor for the journals Proc R Soc B and CJFAS. I teach courses in population ecology and theoretical ecology at senior undergraduate and graduate levels.
Emily Darling (UofT)
a Banting Postdoc working with Marie-Josee Fortin and MK on the ecology and conservation of coral reefs. I also work closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society where I am an Associate Conservation Scientist leading the coordination of a global coral reef monitoring program and curating global coral reef datasets. Prior to arriving at UofT I was a Smith Conservation Fellow working with John Bruno at UNC. I completed my PhD at Simon Fraser University working with Isabelle Cote on coral reef ecology. For information on my research program see my website.
Knut Vollset (UofT & Norway)
I am a post doc at Uni Research – Environment, working on the NFR project BaseLice, through which I am collaborating with MK on setting mathematical population models to elucidate the effect of salmon lice on marine survival salmon. My background is from recruitment biology of marine fish, more specifically focusing on behavior ecology fish larvae (PhD, University of Bergen). For the last 5 years I have been working mostly on studying different anthropogenic effects on salmon populations including effects of river regulations and fish farming. For more information see my webpage
Devin Kirk (UofT)
I am a PhD student working with MK at the University of Toronto. I completed my undergraduate studies at SFU in Vancouver, where I carried out an undergrad research project looking at chemical communication and behaviour in black widow spiders. My PhD project focuses on experimental epidemiology and modeling, using Daphnia
-parasite systems to determine how thermal dependence predicted by the metabolic theory of ecology mediates and host density threshold effects in disease dynamics.
Dylan Shea (UofT) I am a PhD student working with MK and Steve Short at the University of Toronto. I completed my undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University, where I did an undergraduate project looking at gene expression in the vector mosquito Aedes aegyptii. I am currently interested in the impact of fish farming on native disease dynamics in British Columbia. Specifically, I am interested in the potential for spillover of pathogenic microorganisms from salmon farms into the marine environment. This requires the field collection and filtration of water samples at the Salmon Coast Field Station, followed by the microbiological analyses of filtered seawater fractions, looking for a broad range of salmon pathogens.
Luke Rogers (UofT)
I am a PhD candidate and study the population dynamics of marine fishes-both to generate new testable theory and to answer empirical questions for fisheries management and marine conservation. My current work focuses on (1) The consequences of juvenile dispersal and learned migration for the spatial demographic structure and persistence of local populations of pelagic fish, by developing new theory informed by Traditional Ecological Knowledge in collaboration with Anne Salomon (SFU) and Brendan Connors (DFO), (2) The mechanism by which harvesting magnifies fluctuations in exploited fish abundance, using a Daphnia magna experimental system, nonlinear time-series analysis and ecological theory, and (3) The reasons for spatially and temporally coherent patterns of lineage dominance across pink salmon populations in the northeast Pacific Ocean, using spawner-recruit data and spatially explicit empirical population models. My work has been supported by OGS, NSERC CGS M, Hakai Scholarships (Masters & PhD), and I am currently funded by an NSERC CGS D.
Ariel Greiner (UofT)
I am a PhD student cosupervised by Marie-Josee Fortin, Emily Darling, and MK studying the dynamics and conservation of coral reefs. I am interested in phase shifts between alternate stable states in coral reefs, and how to incorporate those dynamics into spatial optimization models intended for conservation planning of networks of coral reefs.
Sean Godwin (SFU)
I am a Ph
D student at SFU working with Larry Dill, John Reynolds, and MK studying salmon disease and conservation. I completed my undergrad degree at McGill during which time I worked at the Salmon Coast Field Station with MK for three summers in varying capacities, including sea lice monitoring of wild juvenile Pacific salmon for the Broughton Archipelago Monitoring Plan. For my PhD work, I am focussed on how sea lice and viruses affect the fitness of juvenile Sockeye salmon. This entails fieldwork and experiments based at Salmon Coast Field Station, including running a miniature purse seining operation to collect sockeye salmon smolts. Check out my website
for more about my search.
Chris Blackford (UofT) I am a PhD student cosupervised by Marie-Josee Fortin and Mk. My thesis uses connectivity theory to inform issues of ocean conservation. I am using dispersal models to identify priority conservation areas to create better Marine Protected Area networks. More recently, I’m also modelling how disease can spread between fish farms and ways to prevent disease outbreaks within a network of fish farms. For more information, please visit my website.
Kiran Wadhawan (UofT) I am an MSc student working with MK and Knut Vollset at the University of Toronto. I completed my undergraduate studies at UofT, where I used basic epidemiological models to investigate how variation in vector traits, such as mortality rate, and parasite development rate could affect disease transmission in a host population. I also carried out an experimental project focused on Daphnia epidemiology under the supervision of MK, which was funded by NSERC USRA. My MSc project focuses on the optimal life history theory of Atlantic salmon and the effects of parasites on growth and age-at-maturation through the use of mathematical models.
Lauren Portner (SCFS)
I have wor
ked as a laboratory technician at the Salmon Coast Field Station with MK and the Broughton Archipelago Monitoring Plan for two years and continue to work as a research coordinator and technichian. My work involves ID of sea lice found on wild juvenile pink, chum, and coho salmon collected from the Broughton Archipelago and also fieldwork with juvenile salmon. I completed a BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria. I also work in shark conservation, most recently with internships at the Bimini Biological Field Station in the Bahamas.
Mack Bartlett (MSc on kokanee salmon, 2017). Now manager of Cedar Coast Field Station in Clayoquot Sound.
Pepijn Luijckx (Postdoc on Daphnia epidemiology, 2017). Now a Lecturer at Trinity College, Dublin.
Andrew Bateman (Postdoc on salmon ecology, 2016). Now a Banting postdoc at UVic with Chris Darimont and Raincoast Conservation Society.
Stephanie Peacock (PhD on salmon and sea lice, 2016). Now an NSERC postdoc at Calgary with Susan Kutz.
Melissa Orobko (MSc on fishery bioeconomics, 2016). Now a PhD student at SFU with Isabelle Cote.
Stefan Meyer (PhD on NZ sea lion population dynamics, 2015). Now a bioinformatician and modeler at AbacusBio, New Zealand.
Lindsey Ogston (MSc on marine viruses of salmon, 2014). Now an environmental stewardship coordinator for the Tsleil Waututh Nation.
Gayle Sommerville (MSc on Paua population dynamics, 2012). Now a PhD student at the University of Western Australia.