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Project Leader(s): 

Postdoctoral fellow: Dr. Wendell Challenger, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University

Lead faculty member: Dr. Carl Schwarz, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University

Non-academic participants: 

The effect of the British Columbia aquaculture industry on wild salmon stocks is currently unclear. In this project we will create a scientific advisory panel to guide development of an explicit experiment testing the effect of fish farms on wild smolt survival by using a large-scale marine telemetry array to measure survival of key BC salmon stocks. The PDF will extend Kintama’s existing mathematical software to design an optimal 2nd generation array to measure the effect of fish farm exposure on survival and advance aspects of the underlying mathematics.

Project Leader(s): 

Dr. James Watmough, University of New Brunswick

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Project team: 
Dr. Myriam Barbeau, University of New Brunswick
Dr. Sylvie Desjardins, University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Dr. Mark Lewis, University of Alberta
Dr. Matt Litvak, Dalhousie University
Dr. Frithjof Lutscher, University of Ottawa
Dr. Rebecca Tyson, University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Dr. Jianhong Wu, York University
Dr. Xiaoqiang Zhao, Memorial University Newfoundland
Dr. Xingfu Zou, University of Western Ontario
Funding period: 
April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2021

The spread of pests and pathogens, including exotic insects arriving in packing material and naturalized pests such as the Colorado potato beetle, have a substantial impact on Canadian industry and the economy. Working with food producers, provincial and federal government agencies and wildlife organizations, this project team is developing essential mathematical tools necessary for the management of our natural and agricultural resources. This past year, the group has developed a theory of spreading speeds applicable to many mathematical models of spatial spread in biological systems.