Brian Hunt

Assistant Professor
Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
University of British Columbia
2020 – 2207 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada, V6T 1Z4

Phone: 778-230-4776


Research area(s):

  • Anthropogenic stressors
  • Biological oceanography
  • Impacts of climate change
  • Plankton

Area of Expertise:

Dr. Brian Hunt is a biological oceanographer with broad interests in the structure and function of pelagic marine ecosystems, and their response to climate forcing and anthropogenic impacts.

His research has focused on plankton dynamics, the response of these lower trophic levels to bottom-up forcing by climatic and oceanographic conditions, and the implications of this response for mid-trophic levels, including forage and juvenile fish, as well as top predators. Brian’s research is wide ranging, spanning interests in the Antarctic, tropical South Pacific, New Zealand, Mediterranean, North Pacific and Arctic.

Since moving to UBC in 2006, British Columbia coastal ecosystems have been Dr. Hunt’s major research focus. After his initial involvement in the Tula Foundation funded Rivers Inlet Ecosystem Study between 2008 and 2011, Dr. Hunt has worked extensively in partnership with the Tula Foundation/Hakai Institute in developing Oceanographic Observatories’ on the Central Coast and in the Strait of Georgia. In addition to monitoring and communicating ecosystem response to climate, these platforms research new innovations in ocean observing, and inform collaborative programs with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and First Nations’ investigating the growth and survival of herring and salmon.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Hunt, Brian PV; Krkosek, Martin; Pakhomov, Evgeny A; Connors, Brendan; Hare, Alexander A; Godwin, Sean; Rogers, Luke; Jackson, Jennifer; Hakai Institute SEMSP Team,; Hakai Institute Oceanographic Team,; “The Hakai Institute Salmon Early Marine Survival Program” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 75.

Espinasse, Boris & Hunt, Brian & Doson Coll, Yago & Pakhomov, Evgeny. (2018). Investigating high seas foraging conditions for salmon in the North Pacific: insights from a 100 year scale archive for Rivers Inlet sockeye salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 10.1139/cjfas-2018-0010.

Guan, Lu & Dower, John & M. Mckinnell, Skip & Pepin, Pierre & Pakhomov, Evgeny & Hunt, Brian. (2017). Interannual variability in the abundance and composition of spring larval fish assemblages in the Strait of Georgia (British Columbia, Canada) from 2007 to 2010. Fisheries Oceanography. 10.1111/fog.12223.

Fladmark, Vanessa & Pakhomov, Evgeny & Hunt, Brian & Trudel, Marc. (2016). Comparative feeding ecology of Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii), surf smelt (Hypomesus pretiosus), and northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax) in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, in fall 2014. 10.13140/RG.2.2.35478.86087.


Hunt, Brian; Pakhomov, Evgeny A; Doson Coll, Yago; Wabnitz, Colette C C; Smith, Wade; ” Comparison of muscle and scale isotope signatures for Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii), and potential application in regional life history studies” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 79.

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