Pacific salmon ecology & conservation laboratory





Nolan Bett, Ph.D. Student

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

Office: +001 604 822-1969, Rm 3604

nolanbett (at)


Ph.D. (Forestry) – University of British Columbia, 2011-present

M.A. (Conservation Biology) – Columbia University, 2011

B.Sc. (Zoology/Marine Biology) – University of British Columbia, 2009


Adult Pacific salmon migrate from the open ocean to their natal lakes and streams with remarkable accuracy. Upon re-entering freshwater, the salmons’ ability to locate spawning grounds relies primarily on olfaction, or sense of smell. Salmon can use olfaction to detect the unique chemical compositions of different freshwater bodies, allowing them to differentiate between familiar and unfamiliar waters. Using behavioural, physiological, and genetic analyses, my research explores the basic underlying mechanisms of olfactory perception in sockeye and pink salmon, as well as the potential effects of stress and altered flow regimes (resulting from the construction of hydroelectric facilities) on their ability to locate and process chemical cues. 


Bett, N.N., Blair, M.E. & Sterling, E.J. 2012. Ecological Niche Conservatism in Doucs (Genus Pygathrix). International Journal of Primatology 33:972-988

Bett, N.N. 2012. Mother-infant relationships and infant development in captive grey-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix cinerea). Vietnamese Journal of Primatology 5: 17-28.