Kelly Young

Research Biologist
Institute of Ocean Sciences
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
P.O. Box 6000
9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, B.C.
Canada, V8L 4B2


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Kelly Young is a Research Biologist focusing on Zooplankton at the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Sidney, BC.

As part of the Salish Sea Marine Survival Project, Kelly was involved in the Zooplankton and ichtyoplankton status and trends in the northern Salish Sea project. This project involved the most intensive zooplankton sampling program ever undertaken in the Strait of Georgia. The short-term goal was to identify the seasonal patterns of variability in zoo/ichtyoplankton species composition, abundance and biomass in the Strait of Georgia and Juan de Fuca Strait, and how they relate to changes in physical conditions. Long-term, the aim was to identify the effect that changes in seasonal patterns of species composition, abundance and biomass of the zoo/ichtyoplankton in these areas has on the growth and early marine survival of juvenile salmon and, ultimately, their influence on the overall return of these populations.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Young, Kelly; Galbraith, Moira; and Perry, Ian, “Zooplankton variability in the Northern Salish Sea over the past 3 decades, and relationships with Coho salmon” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 403.

Esenkulova, Svetlana; Suchy, Karyn; Perry, Ian; Young, Kelly; Costa, Maycira; Flagg, Ryan; Galbraith, Moira; and Pearsall, Isobel, “Seasonal dynamics of oceanographic conditions, phytoplankton, and zooplankton in the Malaspina Strait, Strait of Georgia” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 376.

Young, Kelly; Galbraith, Moira; and Perry, Ian, “Zooplankton status and trends in the Strait of Georgia, Canada in 2015, an unusually warm year” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 18.

Mackas, D., M. Galbraith, D. Faust, D. Masson, K. Young, W. Shaw, S. Romaine, M. Trudel, J. Dower, R. Campbell, A. Sastri, E.A. Bornhold Pechter, E. Pakhomov, R. El-Sabaawi. (2013) Zooplankton time series from the Strait of Georgia: Results from year-round sampling at deep water locations, 1990–2010. Progress In Oceanography; 115:129-159. DOI:10.1016/j.pocean.2013.05.019

Sastri, A.R., R. John Nelson, D.E. Varela, K.V. Young, I. Wrohan, W. J. Williams. 2012. Variation of chitobiase-based estimates of crustacean zooplankton production rates in high latitude waters. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology; s 414–415:54–61. DOI:10.1016/j.jembe.2012.01.012

Young, K.V, J. F. Dower, P. Pepin. 2009. A hierarchical analysis of the spatial distribution of larval fish prey. Journal of Plankton Research; 31(6-6):687-700. DOI:10.1093/plankt/fbp017

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