John Dower

Department of Biology
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Phone: 250-472-5010



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Research in Dr. Dower’s lab is primarily field based, taking place mainly in coastal British Columbia and the open North Pacific. His lab works collaboratively with researchers at Fisheries and Oceans Canada to explore how variations in bottom-up forcing drive seasonal and interannual variations in the amount and type of zooplankton that are produced.

Zooplankton represent the key link in transferring energy from the base of marine food chains to higher trophic levels – including larval and juvenile fish, seabirds, and mammals.

Dower’s research also seeks to understand how changes in ocean climate (e.g. increasing temperatures and ocean acidification) may affect the structure and productivity of marine ecosystems in the future.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Guan L, Dower JF, Pepin P and McKinnell SM (2018) Characterizing spatial structures of larval fish assemblages at multiple scales in relation to environmental heterogeneity in the Strait of Georgia (British Columbia, Canada). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science.

Suchy KD, Dower JF, Varela DE, Lagunas MG (2016) Interannual variability in the relationship between /in situ/ primary productivity and somatic crustacean productivity in a temperate fjord. Marine Ecology Progress Series 545: 91–108.

Guan L, Dower JF, McKinnell SM, Pepin P, Pakhomov EA and Hunt BP (2015). A comparison of spring larval fish assemblages in the Strait of Georgia (British Columbia, Canada) between the early-1980s and late-2000s. Progress in Oceanography 138A: 45-57.

Pepin P, Robert D, Bouchard C, Dower JF, Falardeau M, Fortier L, Jenkins GP, Levesque K, Llopiz JK, Meekan MG, Murphy HM, Ringuette M, Sirois P and Sponaugle S (2015) Once upon a larva: revisiting the relationship between feeding success and growth in fish larvae. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72: 359-373.

Robert D, Pepin P, Dower JF and Fortier L (2014) Individual growth history of larval Atlantic mackerel is reflected in daily condition indices. ICES Journal of Marine Science 71:1001-1009.

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