Scott Hinch

Director, Natural Resources Conservation Program
Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
University of British Columbia
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4

Phone: 604-822-9377



Research area(s):

  • Anthropogenic stressors
  • Aquatic animal health
  • Fisheries oceanography
  • Freshwater ecology
  • Juvenile salmon
  • Pacific salmon

Area of Expertise:

Dr. Hinch is a fisheries scientist at the University of British Columbia studying how environmental conditions and human activities affect Pacific salmonids. His Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Laboratory is committed to the study of salmonid ecology, behaviour and physiology, and to providing management systems with information needed for the conservation and sustainable use of fish resources. They use technologies such as physiological telemetry and functional genomics to link an individual fish’s condition to its behaviour and fate determined by large scale tracking (radio interview with Dr. Hinch discussing salmon research). Recent studies explore the double jeopardy that salmon now face as freshwater environment’s warm and fisheries in freshwater increase in prevalence, and the effects of disease, climate warming, and abberant behaviour on conservation of some salmon runs. The impacts of forestry, hydro dams, and restoration activities are other anthropogenic factors currently under investigation.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Hinch, Scott; Furey, Nathan; Stevenson, Christine; Johnstone, Steve; Healy, Steve; Welch, David; Rechisky, Erin; Porter, Aswea; and Miller, Kristi, “Telemetry tracking of salmon smolt migrations through the Salish Sea: examining behaviour, survival and causes of mortality” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 331.

Hinch, Scott G; Furey, Nathan B; Healy, Steve J; Welch, David W; Rechisky, Erin L; Porter, Aswea D; Clark, Timothy D; Jeffries, Ken M;  “Juvenile salmon smolt migrations through the Salish Sea: routes and survival of sockeye and steelhead” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 31.

Clark, T.D., Furey, N.B., Rechisky, E.L., Gale, M.K., Jeffries, K.M., Porter, A.D., Casselman, M.T., Lotto, A.G., Patterson, D.A., Cooke, S.J., Farrell, A.P., Welch, D.W., and Hinch, S.G. (2016). Tracking wild salmon smolts to the ocean reveals distinct regions of nocturnal movement and high mortality.  Ecological Applications.

Sopinka, N.M., Jeffrey, J.D., Burnett, N.J., Patterson, D.A.,Gilmour, K.M., and Hinch, S.G (2016). Maternal programming of offspring hypothalamic–pituitary–interrenal axis in wild sockeye salmon. General and Comparative Endocrinology

Nguyen, V.M., Young, N., Hinch, S.G., and Cooke, S.J (2016). Getting past the blame game: Convergence and divergence in perceived threats to salmon resources among anglers and indigenous fishers in Canada’s lower Fraser River. Ambio

Furey, N.B., Hinch, S.G., Bass, A.L., Middleton, C.T., Minke-Martin, V., and Lotto, A.G. (2016). Predator swamping reduces predation risk during nocturnal migration of juvenile salmon in a high-mortality landscape. Journal of Animal Ecology.

Sopinka, N.M., Middleton, C.T., Patterson, D.A., and Hinch, S.G. (2016). Does maternal captivity of wild, migratory sockeye salmon influence offspring performance? Hydrobiologia

Drenner, S.M., S.G. Hinch. E.G. Martins, N. Furey, T.D. Clarke, S.J.Cooke, D. Patterson, D. Robichaud, D.W. Welch. A.P. Farrell, R. Thomson. (2015). Environmental conditions and physiological state influence estuarine movements of homing sockeye salmon. Fisheries Oceanography 24(4):307-324.

Request an edit to my listing