Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Fundamental and applied research on the behaviour and physiology of wild fish

Areas of expertise

Our laboratory studies wild marine and freshwater fish in the field. As such, our laboratory is unconventional in that it must be mobile. We are equipped with unique tools that enable us to study the behaviour and physiology of fish in nature. We use remote monitoring tools such as biotelemetry and portable devices such as point- of-care physiology meters so that we can take the lab to the field. Our lab is also equipped with a research vessel for on-water research and a half-tonne pickup truck for transport. Our team’s approach is unique, which has led to numerous collaborations with other academics, industry and government scientists.

Research services

Biotelemetry research, fish tracking, fish surgery, field physiology, respirometry

Sectors of application
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
Specialized lab Equipment Function
Field physiology gear Dewars, field centrifuges, point-of- care physiology devices Sample collection, preservation and processing
Biotelemetry gear Acoustic and radio telemetry receivers, respirometers  
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Pacific and Central and Arctic Region
  • Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Muskies Canada Inc.
  • Parks Canada
  • National Capital Commission
  • Great Lakes Fishery Commission
  • Pacific Salmon Commission
  • Bonefish and Tarpon Trust
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • University of Illinois
  • Illinois Natural History Survey
  • Liebniz Institute of Germany
  • Canadian Wildlife Federation