Where exactly is Rivers Inlet?
What has been done so far?
Who is working on the project?
What are our long-term goals & research
Why is this project important?
Inlet, on the B.C. Central Coast, once vied with the Skeena River
as the location of Canada’s second-most prolific sockeye salmon
run – a run that has declined to an average over the last
five years to less than 1% of its historic abundance. The once-vibrant
commercial fishery has collapsed, the Owikeno First Nation has lost
a vital component of its sustenance and culture, and grizzly bears
and other predators have declined sharply. A somewhat smaller run
to neighbouring Smith Inlet has also declined precipitously. It
is the goal of this study to figure out why the salmon have all-but-disappeared
from this region. Please click on the links to the left to learn
more about this project.
for potential grad students & post-doctoral fellows:
I hope and anticipate that parts of this project will form the basis
of theses and dissertations for a total of eight M.Sc. students
and one PhD student. We (the research team) also hope to hire a
post-doctoral fellow. Not only is this project of great conservation
significance, but it also provides a rare opportunity for students
to work on a multidisciplinary team from three universities, The
Pacific Biological Station, The Institute for Ocean Sciences, the
Gwa'sala and Owikeno First Nations communities, and Parks Canada.
Students will develop new methodology for interpreting otolith measurements
and sediment cores, work with hydrodynamic models using partial
differential equations whose solutions can only be found with emerging
numerical analysis techniques using modern, high-capacity computing
facilities. If you think you might be interested in working on this
project as a student or post-doctoral fellow, please email me at