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Current position

Research Scientist
University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
2011–present
Honorary Research Associate
University of British Columbia, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
2012–present

Education

PhD, University of British Columbia, Department of Zoology and Fisheries Centre
Thesis: ‘Mortality of migrating Pacific salmon smolts in southern British Columbia, Canada’.      https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/16642
Co-supervisors, Dr. Carl Walters & Dr. Villy Christensen
2004–2009
BSc (Honours), University of British Columbia, Ecology and Environmental Biology
Thesis: ‘Responses to induced hypoxia of four haplochromine cichlid species from lake and swamp habitats in Western Uganda’
Co-supervisors, Dr. Dolph Schluter & Dr. Lauren Chapman
1995–2000
Bamfield Marine Station Fall Program 1999
Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program 1998

Research experience

Research Scientist, University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Project title: Management characteristics of sustainable fisheries. Involves quantifying effects of fisheries management strategies and tactics on the ecological, economic, and social dimensions of fisheries
Supervisor, Dr. Ray Hilborn
2011–present
Contractor—California Environmental Associates, for The Economist World Oceans Summit 2014-2015
Contractor—Environmental Defense Fund, for FAO Working Group, ‘Impacts of Protected Areas on Fisheries Yield, Fishing Communities and Ecosystems’ 2014-2015
Contractor—Stony Brook University
Collaborator on a biotelemetry and mark-recapture study of Atlantic sturgeon
2011-2015
Research Scientist, University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Project title: Quantifying the ecological effects of dedicated access fisheries programs
Supervisor, Dr. Timothy Essington
2009–2010
Graduate student research associate, Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking Project
Collaborator on a large-scale biotelemetry study of juvenile salmon in southern BC; Head scientist and project manager for one portion of the study, in Howe Sound
2003–2008
Contractor—snorkel surveys, Cheakamus River, Ecometric Research Ltd. 2006–2008
Field assistant—fish sampling, Little Colorado River, Grand Canyon N.P., US Fish & Wildlife 2003–2004
Contractor—sea lion acoustic and radio tracking, Behaviour at Sea Project, Lynn Canal, Alaska, UBC Marine Mammal Group 2003
Field assistant—salmonid enumeration, Keogh River, Instream Fisheries Research Ltd. 2002
Research assistant—fish catch reconstruction, Sea Around Us Project, UBC Fisheries Centre 2001
Collaborator and field assistant—aquatic insect population and community ecology, Estación Biologica Pitilla, Costa Rica, UBC Zoology 2000
Field assistant and NSERC USRA holder—red squirrel population ecology, Squirrel Camp, Kluane National Park, Yukon, University of Alberta 2000
Collaborator, field assistant, and NSERC USRA holder—snowshoe hare population genetics and shrub nutritional ecology, Arctic Institute of North America, Kluane N.P., UBC Zoology 1999
Honours student—cichlid fish respiratory behaviour and physiology, Makerere University Biological Field Station, Kibale National Park, Uganda/University of Florida 1998
Lab assistant—entomology, Agassiz Research Station, Agriculture Canada 1997
Lab assistant—salmon parasitology, Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada 1996

Publications

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Invited talks

Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway: ‘Quantifying variability among fisheries management systems and outcomes for stocks and for fleets’ 2015
2015 Kurt Gronförs Lecture, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: ‘Impacts of catch shares and management practices on biological outcomes of fisheries’ 2015
European Union Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy: ‘Variability among fisheries management systems: assessing outcomes for stocks and fleets’ 2015
Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative Juvenile Chinook Salmon Workshop: ‘Risks and benefits of using acoustic telemetry to quantify freshwater, estuary, and early ocean survival of juvenile salmonids’ 2014
West Coast Groundfish Sea Grant Project Research Symposium, University of California Santa Barbara: ‘Meta-analyses of management attribute influences on stock status, regionally and globally’ 2013
6th World Fisheries Congress Symposium—Global Marine Hotspots Network: Physical change, biological impacts and adaptation efforts in regions undergoing comparatively rapid changes: ‘Harvest control rules and the adaptive capacity of fishery management systems in marine climate change hotspots’ 2012
University of Florida, School of Forest Resources and Conservation: ‘Migration behaviour strategies and their effects on survival of juvenile Pacific salmon’ 2012
University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies: ‘Management characteristics of sustainable fisheries in biological and socioeconomic dimensions’ 2012
University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Departmental Seminar: ‘Survival of juvenile salmon migrating through the Strait of Georgia (and before they ever get there)’ 2009
Pacific Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada: ‘Mortality and migrations of juvenile salmon through the Strait of Georgia ecosystem’ 2008
Advanced Sampling Technology Workshop, NMFS Acoustic Tagging and Integrated Ocean Observing Systems: ‘Data analysis issues with acoustic tags and large-scale receiver arrays’ 2006

Other research talks

NCEAS Roundtable Forum: ‘Measuring the status of fisheries and factors leading to success’ 2016
ICES/PICES Marine Socio-ecological Systems (MSEAS) Conference: ‘A Fishery Management Index: Factors affecting fisheries management and stock status in major fishing countries’ 2016
UBC Applied Ecology Seminar: ‘Cross-fishery analyses of management effects on stock status’ 2016
NCEAS SNAP Workshop on Measuring the Status of Fisheries and Factors Leading to Success: ‘How effective are fishery management systems in the world’s top fishing countries?’ 2015
NCEAS SNAP Workshop: ‘Overfishing and underfishing consequences for catch and landed value in U.S. fisheries’. 2015. 2015
FAO Workshop on the Impacts of Protected Areas on Fisheries Yield, Fishing Communities and Ecosystems: ‘Effects of MPA coverage on fishery yield with observational & snapshot data’ 2015
University of Washington Fisheries Think Tank: ‘How effective are fishery management systems around the world?’ 2015
UBC Applied Ecology Seminar: ‘How effective are fishery management systems around the world? 2015
NCEAS SNAP Workshop: ‘Stock-level and country-level “mini” fisheries governance surveys’ 2015
NCEAS SNAP Workshop: ‘Fisheries Status and Attributes (FSA) Dataset’ 2015
Carl J. Walters Retirement Symposium, UBC:  ‘Correlates and consequences of fishing industry cooperation and involvement in management’ 2014
PICES Annual Meeting: ‘Overfishing and underfishing consequences for food security and economic value in U.S. fisheries’ 2013
UBC Fisheries Centre Rapid Research Symposium: ‘Overfishing and underfishing consequences for food security in U.S. fisheries’ 2013
6th World Fisheries Congress: ‘Evaluating the trade-offs of conservation, economic, and social objectives across a range of fisheries management systems’ 2012
ICES/PICES Early Career Scientists Conference: ‘Harvest control rules and the adaptive capacity of fishery management systems for confronting climate change impacts on marine populations’ 2012
Western Groundfish Meeting: ‘Current status of western groundfish stocks and fisheries: Effects of management strategies and tactics on biological and socioeconomic outcomes’ 2012
Pew Charitable Trusts Webinar: ‘Can catch share fisheries better track management targets?’ 2011
UBC Fisheries Centre Quantitative Seminar Series: ‘Habitat-mediated effects of migration behaviour strategies on juvenile salmon survival’ 2011
American Fisheries Society Meeting: ‘Can catch share fisheries better track management targets?’ 2011
University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences Quantitative Seminar: ‘Do fisheries under catch shares better track management targets?’ 2010
Electronic Tagging Studies of Salmon Migration Symposium: ‘Relative tag size effects on survival of migrating salmon smolts’ 2010
Electronic Tagging Studies of Salmon Migration Symposium: ‘Spatio-temporal migration patterns of salmon smolts downstream and through the Strait of Georgia, BC’ 2010
University of Washington, Allocation of Fish (FISH 513) guest lecture: ‘Ecological impacts of Dedicated Access Privilege (DAP) programs’ 2010
University of Washington Conservation Colloquium: ‘The global fisheries crisis: Ecological, economic, and social dimensions’ 2010
UBC Biodiversity Lunchtime Internal Seminar Series: ‘Mortality of migrating Pacific salmon smolts’ 2009
American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting: ‘Direct comparisons of survival during the smolt migration and freshwater residualization between wild and hatchery-reared steelhead trout’ 2009
10th Annual Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting: ‘Fry-to-smolt growth and early ocean survival effects of solar ultraviolet radiation exposure on juvenile salmon’ 2008
Advances in Fish Tagging & Marking Technology Symposium: ‘Method for independently estimating detection probabilities of tagged fish migrating past receiver stations: applications for mark-recapture survival estimation’ 2008
American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting: ‘Distance-based mortality rates for obligate migrants: a case study with juvenile Pacific salmon’ 2007
UBC Zoology Graduate Student Association Symposium: ‘Juvenile coho salmon migrations and survival through Georgia Strait: confounded factors of high mortality and extended residency’ 2007
Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems Conference: ‘Confounded! Confounding factors of high mortality and extended residency of coho smolts in the Strait of Georgia’ 2007
Georgia Basin/Puget Sound Research Conference: ‘High mortality or extended residency of coho smolts in the Strait of Georgia?: Confounding factors in estimating early ocean survival with acoustic tagging’ 2007
Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research: ‘Species differences in early marine mortality of juvenile Pacific salmon are largely attributed simply to differences in body length and migratory distance’ 2007
Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Steelhead Meeting: ‘Steelhead smolt survival during the downstream and early ocean migration: effects of body size and migration distance’ 2006
American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting: ‘Direct measurement of size-dependent mortality rates in salmon smolts using the Pacific Ocean Shelf Tracking array’ 2005
6th Fish Telemetry Conference held in Europe: ‘Migration patterns and marine survival rates of wild steelhead smolts from the Cheakamus River, British Columbia: Initial results from the POST tracking array’ 2005
Animal Behaviour Society Annual Meeting: ‘Early ocean migratory behaviour of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in Howe Sound, British Columbia’ 2004
Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems Conference: ‘Juvenile marine mortality in Pacific salmon: patterns before causes before management’ 2004
UBC Zoology Graduate Student Symposium: ‘Juvenile marine mortality and early ocean migration patterns of coho salmon’ [Best talk award, M.Sc. division] 2004
UBC Fisheries Centre Seminar Series: ‘Juvenile marine mortality of coho salmon in south-western BC’ 2003
Pacific Ecology Conference: ‘Assessing marine mortality in juvenile steelhead and coho salmon using hydroacoustic telemetry’ 2003

Research grants

Protected Species Cooperative Conservation Grant, ‘Determining the connectivity among and fine-scale habitat-use within Atlantic sturgeon aggregation areas in the Mid-Atlantic Bight: Implications for area-based management to reduce bycatch and improve population status’. Frisk, MG, Jordaan, A, Dunton, K, Conover, D, Chapman, D, and Melnychuk, MC.  USD $2.7M 2011–2013
CN Railway Company through Cheakamus Ecosystem Restoration Technical Committee, ‘Acoustic tracking of hatchery-reared and wild Cheakamus River steelhead smolts to address residualisation and early ocean survival’. Melnychuk, M.  $178K 2007–2008
CN Railway Company, through Cheakamus Ecosystem Restoration Technical Committee, ‘Assessment of juvenile survival of hatchery-reared coho salmon during the downstream migration in the Cheakamus and Squamish Rivers and early ocean life’. Melnychuk, M.  $50K 2007
Pacific Salmon Foundation/Fraser Basin Initiative, ‘Assessment of ultraviolet radiation exposure during freshwater rearing on early marine mortality in migrating juvenile sockeye and coho salmon’. Melnychuk, M.  $89K 2007
BC Pacific Salmon Forum, ‘Marine survival assessment of coho salmon in southern BC’. Melnychuk, M.  $13K (grant portion) 2006–2007
Pacific Salmon Foundation/Squamish Watershed Salmon Recovery Plan, ‘Assessment of downstream and early marine mortality in juvenile coho salmon from the Squamish River watershed’. Melnychuk, M.  $10K 2006
FishAmerica Foundation, ‘Marine survival assessment of juvenile coho salmon and steelhead’. M. Melnychuk wrote the application, officially awarded to C. Walters.  USD $15K 2006
NSERC strategic grant, ‘Determining early ocean survival and migration patterns of Pacific salmonids using a large-scale acoustic tracking array’. M. Melnychuk helped write the application, awarded to S. McKinley, D. Welch, C. Walters, and R. Beamish.  $10K (portion) 2005–2007
FishAmerica Foundation, ‘Marine survival assessment of juvenile coho salmon and steelhead’. M. Melnychuk wrote the application, officially awarded to C. Walters.  USD $13K 2005
Pacific Salmon Foundation/Squamish Watershed Salmon Recovery Plan, ‘Marine survival assessment of juvenile coho salmon and steelhead’. Melnychuk, M.  $15K 2005
FishAmerica Foundation, ‘Marine survival assessment of juvenile coho salmon’. M. Melnychuk wrote the application, officially awarded to C. Walters.  USD $20K. 2004

Selected research awards

NSERC Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship,  $140K over 2 years 2012–2014
BC Pacific Salmon Forum Scholarship/Grant,  $12K (scholarship portion) 2007
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship,  $70K over 2 years 2005–2007
T.G. Northcote Scholarship,  $4K 2004
Fisheries and Oceans Canada Scholarship Supplement,  $5K 2002
NSERC Postgraduate PGS–A Scholarship,  $34K over 2 years 2002–2004
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards,  $5K and $6K 1999, 2000
UBC Undergraduate Scholar Program Scholarship, $2.5K 1999
UBC Chancellor’s Entrance Scholarship, $14K over 4 years 1995–1999

Teaching experience

Co-supervisor for 8 research assistants, University of Washington
Charmane Ashbrook, MSc (University of Washington)
Nicole Baker, MSc (University of Puerto Rico)
Daniel Hively, MSc (University of California–Santa Cruz)
Jeannette Banobi, BSc (Pennsylvania State University)
Jessica McCluney, Master of Marine Management (Dalhousie)
Edward Wort, BSc (Plymouth University)
Sebastian Villasante, PhD (Universidad Santiago de Compostela)
Kate Stanton, BSc (University of Washington)
2009–present
Guest lecturer, UBC Fisheries Centre Quantitative Tutorial 2013
Guest lecturer, Allocation of Fish (FISH 513), University of Washington 2010
Supervisor for a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award holder, UBC. Stephen Hausch, BSc (Honours Biology), currently PhD student, University of Calgary 2008
Teaching assistant, UBC Zoology, Biology 408/Zoology 527–Applied Ecology and Theoretical Population Dynamics. Instructors: Robert Ahrens and Dr. Carl Walters 2006–2007
Teaching assistant, UBC Zoology, Biology 300–Biometrics. Instructor: Dr. Michael Whitlock 2005
Guest lecturer, Ecological Methodology (Biology 404), UBC 2004
Teaching assistant, UBC Zoology, Biology 301–Biomathematics. Instructor: Dr. Sally Otto 2004
Teaching assistant, Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program. Instructor: Dr. John Galaty 2002

Community service

Peer-reviews for journals (52) and books (1):  Fish and Fisheries, Conservation Biology, Biology Letters, PLoS ONE, Royal Society Open Science, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Fisheries Research, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Coral Reefs, Ecology and Society, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Fisheries Oceanography, Journal of Fish Biology, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, Marine and Coastal Fisheries, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Bulletin of Marine Science, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Fisheries Management and Ecology, Animal Biotelemetry, Aquaculture Environment Interactions, Alaska Fishery Research Bulletin, American Fisheries Society Books  
Steering Committee member, Fishery Information Network 2016
External Advisory Board member, BlueBRIDGE Project, FAO (United Nations) 2016
Organizing committee, Carl J. Walters Retirement Symposium, UBC 2014
Volunteer, Bike to Work Week 2011, 2012
Judge, Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair 2011
Organizer, scientific steering committee meeting, Ecological Impacts of Catch Share Fisheries 2010
Co-chair & fundraiser ($11K), Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems Graduate Student Conference 2006
Host, Dennis H. Chitty Lecture in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UBC 2006
Co-organizer, Mouse Tea Ecology Seminar Series, UBC 2005–2006
Assistant co-ordinator, Canadian Field Studies in Africa Program, Langara College 2002

Certifications

Occupational River Safety Technician Level 3 (Rescue Canada) 2006
Recreational Avalanche Safety 2004
Aviation safety (US Fish & Wildlife) 2003
Recreational boating license (Canadian Coast Guard) 2003
Wilderness First Aid (St. John Ambulance) 2002
SCUBA diving (NASDS Open Water; PADI Advanced) 1995, 1998