Ana T Silva


I am broadly interested in fish evolution and conservation, aquatic ecology, restoration of fish habitats, anthropogenic changes of aquatic systems and biomechanics of aquatic locomotion. I have a particular interest in understanding fish behavioural and biomechanical responses to hydraulic parameters of unsteady flows commonly found in nature. I aim to develop new tools to minimize and mitigate the negative effects of anthropogenic changes on fish and their habitats. My research will focus on the swimming behaviour and locomotion of lake sturgeon in unsteady flows in fishways. I will be working in the HydroNetProject under supervision of Dr. Steven Cooke  (University of Carleton). Different biomechanic techniques will be used to bridge the physiology and behaviour of fish. Specifically, my approach will be to link biological information with hydraulics of turbulent flow to identify and quantify the hydrodynamics that underpin sturgeon’s swimming behaviour.


  • 2010-13 – Conjoint Post-Doctoral Research Fellow: University of Manitoba, Canada; Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 2010-13 – Visiting Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Freshwater Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Winnipeg, Canada.
  • 2005-10 – Ph.D. Honours in Forestry Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 1998-03 – B.Sc. in Forestry Engineering,Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Lab Publications (3)

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    Smokorowski, K.E., S.J. Cooke, I.J. Dolinsek, A.T. Silva, T. Toner, and J. Walmsley.  2023.  Interactions between hydropower and freshwater ecosystems.  Pages 415-454 in C.T. Hasler, J.G. Imhof, N.E. Mandrak and S.J. Cooke, Editors.  Freshwater fisheries in Canada: Historical and contemporary perspectives on the resources and their management.  American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.


  • Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

    Silva, A.T., J.D. Midwood, K. Aarestrup, T.G. Pottinger, S.S. Madsen and S.J. Cooke. 2018. The influence of sex, parasitism, and ontogeny on the physiology response of European eel (Anguilla anguilla) to an abiotic stressor. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 91(4):980-986.

  • Silva, A.T., C. Hatry, J.D. Thiem, L.F.G. Gutowsky, D. Hatin, D.Z. Zhu, J.W. Dawson, C. Katopodis and S.J. Cooke. 2015. Behaviour and locomotor activity of a migratory catostomid during fishway passage. PLoS One. 10(4):e0123051.

Other Publications

Alexandre CM, Quintella BR, Mateus CS, Silva AT, Ferreira TF, Almeida PR 2013. Assessing the behavioural response of the Iberian barbel (Luciobarbus bocagei) in a pool-and-weir type fishway prototype using EMG telemetry. Ecological Engineering. 51: 191-202.

Santos J M, Branco P J, Silva A T, Katopodis C., Pinheiro AN, Viseu, T. and Ferreira MT. 2013, Effect of two flow regimes on the upstream movements of the Iberian barbel (Luciobarbus bocagei) in an experimental pool-type fishway. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 29: 425-430.

Santos JM, Silva AT, Pinheiro P, Ferreira MT, Pinheiro AN, Bochechas J, Katopodis C. 2012. Ecohydraulics of pool-type fishways: getting past the barriers. Ecological Engineering 48: 38-50.

Silva AT, Katopodis C., Santos JM, Ferreira MT, Pinheiro AN.2012. Cyprinid swimming behaviour  in response to turbulent flow. Ecological Engineering 44: 314-328.

Silva AT, Santos JM, Ferreira MT, Pinheiro AN, Katopodis 2012. Passage efficiency of offset and straight orifices for upstream movements of Iberian barbel in a pool-type fishway. River Research and Applications 28:529–542.

Silva AT, Santos JM, Ferreira MT, Pinheiro AN, Katopodis C. 2011. Effects of water velocity and turbulence on the behaviour of Iberian barbel (Luciobarbus bocagei Steindachner, 1864) in an experimental pool-type fishway. River Research and Applications.27:360-373

Silva AT, Santos JM, Franco AC, Ferreira MT, Pinheiro AN. 2009. Selection of Iberian barbel Lucioarbus bocagei (Steindachner, 1864) for orifices and notches upon different hydraulic configurations in an experimental pool-type fishway. Journal of Applied Ichthylogy. 25: 173– 17.