Biography

I am an MSc student at the University of British Columbia in the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries where I study salmon prey fields across the North Pacific. For my thesis, I am compiling historic data on salmon diets and building an open-access marine salmon diet database for the North Pacific Ocean. I will then be using this database to answer some of the many questions surrounding the understudied marine phase of the salmon life cycle. With this database, I hope to foster collaborative efforts to understand the conditions that salmon face as they migrate out to sea and hopefully understand what may happen to these fish in the future. During my time at UBC I have also been involved with the Ocean Leaders Program and the Global Reporting Program at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism.

Before starting my MSc, I worked on a collaborative project with the University of British Columbia and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to study the effect of different diets on juvenile salmon health and how this manifests in the fish through their fatty acids and stable isotopes. I also worked with the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission to develop and plan for the International Year of the Salmon. My previous research includes studying seaweed in the Mexican Caribbean, microplastics in the Sargasso Sea, corals in Florida, aphids in Tennessee, and salmon in Alaska and Washington.

Thesis Topic

A compilation and meta-analysis of salmon diet data during warm and cool phases in the North Pacific Ocean

Supervisor(s) Name(s)
Brian Hunt
Research Funding and Partners

Monell & Vetlesen Foundation

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications:

 

Lawson, S. P., Legan, A. W., Graham, C., & Abbot, P. (2014). Comparative phenotyping across a social transition in aphids. Animal Behaviour, 96, 117-125.

 

Posters/Presentations/Projects:

 

Global Reporting Program Fellows. 2019.“The fish you don’t know you eat.”

Graham, C., Pakhomov, E.A., & Hunt, B.P.V. A compilation and meta-analysis of salmon diet data in the North Pacific Ocean. Poster presentation at the Second North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission-International Year of the Salmon Workshop on Salmon Ocean Ecology in a Changing Climate, May 2019, Portland, Oregon.

Graham, C., Pakhomov, E.A., & Hunt, B.P.V. A compilation and meta-analysis of salmon diet data in the North Pacific Ocean. Poster presentation at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s State of the Pacific Ocean Meeting, March 2019, Sidney, British Columbia.

Graham, C., García-Sánchez, M., van Tussenbroek, B., & Álvarez-Filip, L. The physiological response of pelagic Sargassum to increased nutrients and Sargassum decomposition under stressful conditions. Poster presentation at the Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean, May 2017, Mérida, México.

Graham, C & Moyer, W. Marine Policy in the Arctic: Looking to the Future. Poster presentation at the Grinnell College Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Symposium, April 2016, Grinnell, Iowa.

Graham, C., Greene, C., Beechie, T., & Raymond, C. Many species, many threats: A composite risk assessment of climate impacts for salmonids in the Skagit River, WA. Poster session at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, February 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Graham, C., Greene, C., Beechie, T., & Raymond, C. Many species, many threats: A composite risk assessment of climate impacts for salmonids in the Skagit River, WA. Poster presentation at the Northwest Climate Conference, November 2015, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.