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As a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, Dr. Eric Hertz’ postdoctoral research examined the population dynamics and conservation status of salmon populations on the Central Coast of British Columbia.
Pacific salmon have a key ecological, economic and cultural role throughout their range. However, the factors driving spatial and temporal variation in the productivity of salmon populations are poorly understood. Understanding these patterns in productivity is important for coastal First Nations, who in recent years have taken on an increased role of the management of salmon in their traditional territories. Dr.Hertz’ research was done in collaboration with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, Simon Fraser University, the University of Toronto, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He synthesized salmon population data from the Central Coast of BC to quantify patterns, identify information gaps, and confront key hypotheses to inform conservation and management. This research is an extension of some of Eric’s previous research in that it focuses on understanding the drivers of variation in salmon population productivity at multiple scales.
Eric is now an Analyst in the Salmon Watersheds Program for the Pacific Salmon Foundation and has worked on such projects as the Pacific Salmon Explorer (www.salmonexplorer.ca). This novel tool communicates the current state of scientific knowledge of Pacific salmon populations and their habitats, and democratizes information by making salmon data widely, and freely, available to the public.
Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):
Hertz, Eric; Connors, Brendan; Connors, Katrina; and Reynolds, John, “Increases in synchrony among Central Coast salmon populations in British Columbia over the last 60 years” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 476. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/476
Connors, Katrina; Jones, Eileen; Honka, Leah; Kellock, Katy; Hertz, Eric; and Riddell, Brian, “The Pacific salmon explorer: a data driven look at salmon populations and their habitats” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 516. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/516
Hertz, Eric & Trudel, Marc & Tucker, Strahan & Beacham, Terry & Mazumder, Asit. (2017). Overwinter shifts in the feeding ecology of juvenile Chinook salmon. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 74. 226-233. 10.1093/icesjms/fsw140.
Osgood, Geoffrey & A. Kennedy, Laura & Holden, Jessica & Hertz, Eric & McKinnell, Skip & Juanes, Francis. (2016). Historical Diets of Forage Fish and Juvenile Pacific Salmon in the Strait of Georgia, 1966–1968. Marine and Coastal Fisheries Dynamics Management and Ecosystem Science. 8. 580-594. 10.1080/19425120.2016.1223231.