BRENDAN CONNORS


Research Biologist,

Quantitative Assessment 

Methods  Section,

Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Adjunct Professor,

Department of Biological

Sciences,

Simon Fraser University

From 2011 to 2013 I was a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University with Andrew Cooper and Randall Peterman. We worked on salmon macroecology and the quantitative assessment of indicators of conservation status.  I completed my PhD at Simon Fraser University in the Department of Biological Sciences where I worked on understanding the role parasite behaviour plays in mediating pathogen transmission and how it can structure parasite and host populations, communities and dynamics (pdf). This work was based out of the “Dill” lab, a member of the Earth to Ocean Research Group at Simon Fraser University and the Salmon Coast Field Station in the Broughton Archipelago.





About me.

I am an applied population ecologist who takes a quantitative approach to tackling, reducing and resolving conservation and resource management problems in order to help people make difficult decisions in the face of multiple sources of uncertainty. 


My current research broadly focuses on: (1) the causes and consequences of variability in fish population dynamics, (2) improving the design and implementation of methods to manage aquatic ecosystems, and (3) the ecology of disease in coupled wild salmon farmed salmon systems. Though I have worked across a range of taxa and questions, much of my work is focused on the conservation and management of Pacific salmon.


In 2018 I joined the Quantitative Assessment Methods Section at Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). At DFO I am the program head for Sablefish (aka Black Cod), a long lived demersal species that supports a commercially important fishery off of Canada’s west coast. Prior to joining DFO I was a Senior Systems Ecologist and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Team lead at ESSA Technologies, a small consulting firm in Vancouver. Over my 5 years at ESSA I worked on a diversity of projects providing science advice to governments, NGO’s, First Nations and industry. My work included a number of projects which I continue to be involved in focused on Chinook salmon management and ecology in the large river basins of Western Alaska and the Yukon.