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 (68)

  • Brownscombe, J.W., L.P. Griffin, D. Morley, A. Acosta, J. Hunt, S.K. Lowerre-Barbieri, A.J. Adams, A.J. Danylchuk and S.J. Cooke.  In Press.  Application of machine learning algorithms to identify cryptic reproductive habitats using diverse information sources.  Oecologia.  00:000-000.

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    Clarke, S.H., Brownscombe, J.W., Nowell, L., Zolderdo, A.J., Danylchuk, A.J., and Cooke, S.J. In Press.  Do angler experience and fishing lure characteristics influence welfare outcomes for largemouth bass? Fisheries Research.  00:000-000.

  • Talwar, B.S., I.A. Bouyoucos, E.J. Brooks, J.W. Brownscombe, C.D. Suski, S.J. Cooke, D.R. Grubbs and J.W. Mandelman.  In Press.  Comparative behavioral response to longline capture in sub-tropical marine fishes.  ICES Journal of Marine Science.  00:000-000.

  • 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.  2020.  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.  167: 85.

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    Szekeres, P., C.R. Haak, A.D.M. Wilson, A.J. Danylchuk, J.W. Brownscombe, A.D. Shultz and S.J. Cooke. 2020. 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. 527: 151374.

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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.