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 (48)
Brownscombe JW, AJ Danylchuk, AJ Adams, B Black, R Boucek, M Power, JS Rehage, RO Santos, RW Fisher, B Horn, CR Haak, S Morton, J Hunt, R Ahrens, MS Allen, J Shenker, SJ Cooke. In Press. Bonefish in South Florida: status, threats and research needs. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 00:000
Brownscombe, J.W., R. Lennox, A.J. Danylchuk and S.J. Cooke. 2018. Estimating fish swimming metrics and metabolic rates with accelerometers: The influence of sampling frequency. Journal of Fish Biology. 00:000-000.
Griffin, L.P., J.W. Brownscombe, A.J. Adams, R.E. Boucek, J.T. Finn, M.R. Heithaus, J.S. Rehage, S.J. Cooke and A.J. Danylchuk. 2018. Keeping up with the Silver King: Using cooperative acoustic telemetry networks to quantify the movements of Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus) in the coastal waters of the southeastern United States. Fisheries Research. 205:65-76.
Lennox RJ, Brownscombe JW, Cooke SJ, Danylchuk AJ. 2018. Post-release behaviour and survival of recreationally-angled arapaima (Arapaima cf. arapaima) assessed with accelerometer biologgers. Fisheries Research 207:197-203.
Maxwell, R.J., A. J. Zolderdo, R. de Bruijn, J.W. Brownscombe, E. Staaterman, A.J. Gallagher and S. J. Cooke. 2018. Does motor noise from recreational boats alter parental care behaviour of a nesting freshwater fish? Aquatic Conservation. 28:969-978.
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.