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Member of the Board of Directors
Dr. Steven Cooke
Representative of the Research Scientists, NSERC HydroNet
Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology, Carleton University

Dr. Steven Cooke is currently the Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology at Carleton University.  He began his fisheries career as a high school student working seasonally with the Grand River Conservation Authority in Ontario.  He completed his undergraduate studies in Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo.  He then stayed at Waterloo for his M.Sc. in Biology before moving to the University of Illinois.  For his Ph.D. dissertation, he studied the physiological diversity of centrarchid fishes.  Dr. Cooke was then an NSERC and Izaak Walton Killam Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia between 2002 and 2005 where he conducted research on sockeye salmon migration biology.  In 2005, Dr. Cooke accepted a faculty position at Carleton University in the Institute for Environmental Science and Department of Biology where he is the director of the Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory.  Cooke currently supervises 3 post docs and 14 graduate students.  To date, he has over 210 peer reviewed publications and has edited one book and three special journal issues.  He is an editor for the journal “Fisheries” and “Endangered Species Research” and is on the editorial board for “Fisheries Research” and “Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries”.  He is also the president-elect of the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society and is the Chair of the Sea Lamprey Research Board of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.  In 2008 he was awarded the Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles in recognition of his contributions to global fisheries issues at an early stage in his career.  Cooke has particular expertise in the study of free-swimming fish in the wild using biotelemetry and has helped define the nascent discipline of conservation physiology.

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