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Katrina Cook

PhD Student

Centre for Applied Conservation Research
3606 Forest Sciences Centre
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z4  CANADA

Office: +001 604 822-1969

email: katrina.vcook (at)



Thesis title: Factors predicting mortality in Pacific salmon released from commercial fisheries in coastal waters

Research: Relatively little is known regarding the migration biology of Pacific salmon in the open ocean or factors influencing their survival prior to freshwater entry.  My research merges telemetry, physiology, and molecular genetic tools to understand how differing marine capture scenarios influence recovery, pathogen development, and survival.  I am interested in how individual physiology changes from marine to freshwater environments, how capture influences these changes, and how the magnitude of change ultimately predicts fate.  It is also a priority that my research is effectively communicated to user groups; I therefore collaborate directly with commercial fishermen and managers and aim to incorporate the social science of knowledge mobilization into all aspects of my work.   

Select Publications:

Cook, K.V., Crossin, G.T., Patterson, D.A., Hinch, S.G., Gilmour, K.M., Cooke, S.J. (2014) The stress response predicts migration failure in a semelparous fish.  General and Comparative Endocrinology 202:44-49.

Cook, K.V., Brown, R.S., Deng, Z.D., Seaburg, A.G., Eppard, M.B. (2014) A comparison of implantation methods for injectable acoustic transmitters in juvenile Chinook salmon.  Fisheries Research 154:213-223. 

Cook, K.V. McConnachie, S.H., Hinch S.G., Gilmour K.M., Cooke S.J. (2011) Fitness and behavioral correlates of pre-stress and stress-induced plasma cortisol titers in pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) upon arrival at spawning grounds.  Hormones and Behavior 60:489-497.