February 01, 2010

Recent Happenings - Peake Lab (UNB)

Claire Hrenchuk and Kelly Sparks have completed the first year of their MSc degrees. Let’s hope the next one is as successful as the first!

Bill Tibble attended the 63rd Annual Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) in Winnipeg, Manitoba in January. He presented some work from his MSc research: Winter Movement and Habitat Use of a Lacustrine Population of Brook Char (Salvelinus fontinalis), in Little Bear Cave Pond, Newfoundland.

Tommi Linnansaari, post-doc with Steve Peake and Rick Cunjak

After 1.5 years of working with the Centre for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy (CEDREN) at the SINTEF Energy Research in Trondheim, Norway I decided to return to New Brunswick to work in the Miramichi River once more. This time, the main research activity in the Miramichi River revolves around the effects of high water temperature events on the survival and movements of Atlantic salmon parr. Specifically, is movement to cold-water refugia (evolutionarily) adaptive in terms of survival and to what extent is the spatial distribution of salmon parr affected after the high temperature events?

I am also involved in publishing the ‘left-overs’ from my Ph.D. thesis considering river ice and effects on juvenile Atlantic salmon, continuing collaboration with Norwegian colleagues who work on hydropeaking effects on stream biota and also further developing new Passive Integrated Transponder techniques for fish research.

Finally, I will try to give support to any of Steve Peake’s graduate students during his sabbatical, if the students see this as useful.
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