Jake Brownscombe

AlumniPh.D. Students - AlumniPostdoctoral Researcher

Jake’s research examines behavioural ecology, energy dynamics, and the effects of fisheries interactions on bonefish in The Bahamas and Puerto Rico. Bonefish are prevalent throughout the tropics and sub-tropics worldwide, and are a highly popular sport fish that generates significant revenue for many local economies. Jake’s primary goal is to determine bonefish behaviours (i.e. resting, swimming, feeding) and energy usage in multiple environments to assess how bonefish utilize different habitats. He is also examining fine scale habitat use of bonefish in Puerto Rico to assess daily and seasonal patterns of movement and important habitat characteristics for bonefish. Additionally, he is quantifying the effects of a common stressor, catch-and-release angling, on bonefish behaviour and survival, as well as testing methods for facilitating recovery after angling to improve post-release survival from predation. Overall, Jake’s research aims to inform basic biology including foraging, movement, and life history theories, as well as applied conservation of bonefish populations and marine ecosystems.

Background

Ph.D., Biology, Carleton University (2016)

Thesis title: Behavioural and physiological ecology of coastal marine fish: basic and applied perspectives Supervisors: Dr Steven J. Cooke & Dr Andy Danylchuck.

Research Biologist, Trent University (2011)

M.Sc., Environmental and Life Sciences Program, Trent University (2009-2011)

Thesis title: Invasion dynamics of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in the Trent-Severn Waterway. Supervisor: Dr. Michael Fox

B.Sc., Biology, Trent University (2005-2009)

Thesis title: The effects of agricultural land use on the bioavailability of dissolved organic carbon in stream ecosystems. Supervisor: Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos

Lab Publications (60)

  • Brownscombe JW, LP Griffin, JM Chapman, D Morley, A Acosta, GT Crossin, SJ Iverson, AJ Adams, SJ Cooke, AJ Danylchuk. In Press. A practical method to account for variation in detection range in acoustic telemetry arrays to accurately quantify the spatial ecology of aquatic animals. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 00:000-000.

  • Steell, S.C., T.E. Van Leeuwen, J.W. Brownscombe, S.J. Cooke and E.J. Eliason.  2019.  An appetite for invasion: digestive physiology, thermal performance, and food intake in lionfish (Pterois spp.).  Journal of Experimental Biology.  222:1-12.

  • Lennox RJ, Paukert P, Aarestrup K, Auger-Méthé M, Baumgartner LJ, Birnie-Gauvin K, Bøe K, Brink K, Brownscombe JW, Chen Y, Davidsen JG, Eliason EJ, Filous A, Gillanders BM, Helland IP, Horodysky AZ, Januchowski-Hartley SR, Lowerre-Barbieri SK, Lucas MC, Martins ES, Murchie KJ, Pompeu P, Power M, Raghavan R, Rahel FJ, Secor DH, Thiem JD, Thorstad EB, Ueda H, Whoriskey FG, Cooke SJ. 2019. 100 pressing questions on the future of global fish migration science, conservation, and policy. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. 7:286. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2019.00286

  • Nguyen, V.M., Young, N., Brownscombe, J.W., Cooke, S.J. In Press.  Science-based action starts with collaboration and engagement: factors influencing knowledge uptake in fish telemetry. Ecological Applications.  00:000-000.

  • Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Cover Image

    Prystay, T. S., Lawrence, M. J., Zolderdo, A. J., Brownscombe, J. W., de Bruijn, R., Eliason, E. J., and Cooke, S. J. 2019. Exploring relationships between cardiovascular activity and parental care behavior in nesting smallmouth bass: a field study using heart rate biologgers.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 234:18-27.

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Other Publications

Brownscombe, J.W., M.G. Fox. 2013. Living at the edge of the front; reduced predation risk to invasive round goby in a Great Lakes tributary. Hydrobiologia. 707: 199-208.

Houston, B.E., A.C. Rooke, J.W. Brownscombe, M.G. Fox. 2013. Overwinter survival, energy storage and reproductive allocation in the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from a river system. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12071.

Brownscombe, J.W., L. Masson, D.V. Beresford, M.G. Fox.2012. Modeling round goby Neogobius melanostomus range expansion in a Canadian river system. Aquatic Invasions 7:537–545.

Groen, M., N.M. Sopinka, J.R. Marentette, A.R. Reddon, J.W. Brownscombe, M.G. Fox, S.E. Marsh-Rollo, S. Balshine. 2012. Is there a role for aggression in round goby invasion fronts? Behaviour 0: 1–19.

Brownscombe, J.W., M.G. Fox. 2012. Range expansion dynamics of the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in a river system. Aquatic Ecology 46:175–189.

Gutowsky, L.F., J.W. Brownscombe, M.F. Fox. 2011. Angling to estimate the density of large round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Journal of Fisheries Research 108: 228–231.