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.
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 (65)
Dunn, C.D., L.J. Campbell, E.M. Wallace, A.J. Danylchuk, S.J. Cooke, A.D. Shultz, B.D. Black, J.W. Brownscombe, L.P. Griffin, D.P. Philipp, A.J. Adams and T.L. Goldberg. In Press. Bacterial communities on the gills of bonefish (Albula vulpes) in the Florida Keys and The Bahamas show spatial structure and differential abundance of disease-associated bacteria. Marine Biology. 00:000-000.
Szekeres, P., C.R. Haak, A.D.M. Wilson, A.J. Danylchuk, J.W. Brownscombe, A.D. Shultz and S.J. Cooke. In Press. Juvenile bonefish (Albula vulpes) show a preference to shoal with mojarra (Eucinostomus spp.) in the presence of conspecifics and another gregarious cooccurring species. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 00:000-000.
Holder PE, Jeanson AL, Lennox RJ, Brownscombe JW, Arlinghaus R, Danylchuk AJ, Bower SD, Hyder K, Hunt L, Fenichel EP, Venturelli PA, Thorstad EB, Allen MS, Potts WM, Clark-Danylchuk S, Claussen JE, Lyle JM, Tsuboi J, Brummett R, Freire K, Tracey SR, Skov C, and Cooke SJ. 2020. Preparing for a changing future in recreational fisheries: 100 research questions for global consideration emerging from a horizon scan. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries. 30:137-151.
Holder PE, Griffin LP, Adams AJ, Danlychuk AJ, Cooke SJ, Brownscombe JW. 2020. Stress, predators, and survival: Exploring Permit (Trachinotus falcatus) catch-and-release fishing mortality in the Florida Keys. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology. 524:151289.
Brownscombe JW, LP Griffin, D Morley, A Acosta, J Hunt, SK Lowerre-Barbieri, GT Crossin, SJ Iverson, R Boucek, AJ Adams, SJ Cooke, AJ Danylchuk. 2020. Seasonal occupancy and connectivity amongst nearshore flats and reef habitats by permit (Trachinotus falcatus): Considerations for fisheries management. Journal of Fish Biology, 96:469-479.
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.