Fri, February 8, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS RESEARCH LABORATORY (AERL). Speaker: Dr. Steven J. Cooke
Professor, Carleton University

Location: AERL Theatre (Rm. 120)

Natural resource management agencies implement conservation policies with the presumption that they are effective and of benefit to aquatic ecosystems. However, it is often difficult to decide what management action to implement and what will be most effective.

Dr. Steven Cooke will discuss the evidence-based management (EBM) movement as it relates to aquatic conservation and fisheries management with specific reference to the Canadian context.

Dr. Cooke is the Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He is an integrative biologist, conducting fundamental and applied research on the ecology, physiology, and behaviour of wild fish. Cooke is also committed to developing solutions to the problems that plague the aquatic realm and conducts human dimensions research to enhance the impact of his work. He established the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation to improve environmental decisions. Cooke holds leadership positions such as Chair of the Sea Lamprey Research Board of the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Ocean Tracking Network. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press journal “Conservation Physiology”. Cooke has received a number of awards including the Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship. He is the Secretary of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists and is a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.