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Welcome to the Salmon Watersheds Lab!

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Our Collaborators & Funders

Without the support of the following partners, our research would not be possible. Thank you!

Current & Past Partners

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We work on aquatic ecosystems, from headwaters to estuaries, in partnership with diverse collaborators to inspire conservation actions and inform management decisions. 

Featured Science

Getting ahead of climate change for ecological adaptation and resilience


A new study published by Jonathan Moore (SFU) and Daniel Schindler (UW) synthesizes forward-looking conservation and management approaches that could help ecosystems cope with climate change. 

As the need to address greenhouse gas emissions becomes increasingly urgent so too does the concurrent need for proactive stewardship of the Earth’s rapidly changing biosphere, according to research published today in the journal Science. 

This paper reviewed and assessed the potential benefits of forward-looking conservation approaches. 

“There is actually a lot we can do to help systems cope with oncoming climate change,” says Jonathan Moore. “From restoring connectivity to reducing local stressors to conserving future habitats—all of these proactive approaches can help the ecosystems that we rely upon to adapt to climate change.”

Read more about this study here. 

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Latest News

May 9 2023 - Check out our lab members Sam Wilson, Julian Gan and Jon being interviewed about the recent findings on climate change's impact on salmon migrations (video link, 25 minutes in).

May 3 2023 - Congrats to our Postdoc Sam Wilson on recent publications of her PhD work! First, Nature, Ecology and Evolution published her research compiling the largest dataset in the world on juvenile salmon migration timing. Also, her work recently published in Ecology shows how hierarchical modelling can be used to estimate changes in phenology using a purpose-built R package.  Read more here

Apr 18, 2023 - Congratulations to lab alumni Will Atlas and his co-authors for their recent publication in Fish and Fisheries: "Trends in Chinook salmon spawner abundance and total run size highlight linkages between life history, geography and decline"

Apr 17, 2023 - We are seeking our next Lab Manager! Do you or someone you know have great organizational skills, an interest in project management, and want to be part of an awesome team? Check out the job advertisement here. Application review will begin on May 19th. 

Apr 4, 2023 - Congratulations to our fearless leader Jon and one of our wonderful Postdocs Kara Pitman for their work being featured in Smithsonian Magazine

Mar 17, 2023 - Check out the work of our recent Masters graduate, Dylan Cunningham, who's work shows how logging activity can increase water temperature in salmon habitats. His work has also been featured in the Narwhal and on CBC

Mar 3, 2023 - Huge congratulations to our fearless leader Jon Moore who received the 2023 Distinguished Academic award at the career level from the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia. Learn more about Jon and our lab in this video.  

Feb 24, 2023 - Check out the latest CBC episode of The Nature of Things, "True Survivors", featuring the work of our lab! 

Feb 23, 2023 - We are seeking our next Field Coordinator! To learn more about this 1-yr position, see the job advertisement here. Application review will begin on March 10th. 

Feb 2, 2023 - Huge welcome to our two new graduate students, Benjamin Zdasiuk and Leah Davis! Stay tuned to learn more about their exciting projects to come. 

Jan 28, 2023 - Check out some of our amazing lab members in a recent CBC Radio-Canada short-doc on the 2022 Adams River sockeye salmon run.  

Nov 1, 2022 - Huge welcome to our new postdoc Michael Price! Glad to have him joining the team.  

Oct 26, 2022 - We are seeking a Research Technician for a short-term contract this Spring to support a project studying cumulative effects in salmon-bearing watersheds. See the full job description here. Applications close November 18.

Oct 24, 2022 - We are seeking two graduate students to join our team in 2023! See more information, and how to apply, here. Application review will begin on November 15, 2022. 

Aug 25, 2022 - Congratulations to all of our lab members who spoke at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Spokane, 2022! 

Jul 1, 2022 - A newly published study, which Jon was an author on, is the first-ever comprehensive summary on impacts of mining to salmon and trout in NW North America. Read more here. 

June 30, 2022 - Congratulations to our Postdoc Sam Wilson for publishing one of her PhD chapters! Read Sam's chapter here

June 23, 2022 - Jon and Daniel Schindler (UW) published a new study, synthesizing forward-looking conservation and management approaches that could help ecosystems cope with climate change. Read more here. 

May 21, 2022 - With particular focus on the collaborative research from the Salmon Watersheds Lab, the recently released SMOLT film shares imagery and science of the outmigration of young salmon from freshwaters to estuaries and beyond. Watch the video here

Jan 21, 2022 - A study led by Simon Fraser University researchers has discovered that sufficient water flows during summer can be critical to a Chinook salmon population in the interior of British Columbia. Read more here.

Dec 7, 2021 - A groundbreaking study led by the SWL has found that glacier retreat could produce more than 6,000 km of potential new Pacific salmon habitat by the year 2100. Read more here.

Nov 6, 2021 - Jon participated in a panel discussion on 'Climate Resilient Salmon' for Salmon Nation's Festival of What Works. You can watch the recording here.

Oct 28, 2021 - Check out the Watershed Futures Initiative monthly newsletter. You can sign up for updates here.

Oct 20, 2021 - Lab alumni, Kyle Wilson (Postdoc), Jon and Colin Bailey (PhD candidate) have a paper out today in Global Change Biology on freshwater and marine influences of salmonid declines. 

Oct 18, 2021 - Welcome to incoming Lab Manager, Emma Griggs, and Koeye tech and lab Fieldwork Coordinator, Dan Scurfield!


Oct 3, 2021 - Jon provided input on the Cheakamus River pink salmon strandings this week, check out his TV appearance on Global News.

Oct 1, 2021 - Congratulations lab Spatial Analyst Kara Pitman, who's paper in Environmental Biology of Fishes received the Editor's Choice.

Sep 27, 2021 - Check out the latest pics from the 2021 field season in our Gallery.

Sep 14, 2021 - Read our new collaborative report synthesizing information on the Skeena River Estuary.

Getting ahead of climate change for ecological adaptation and resilience

Glacier retreat is creating new habitat for salmon

Risk of mining to salmon-bearing watersheds

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