Jessica E. Desforges


Research interests: Thermal tolerance, salmonids, fisheries, anthropogenic stressors, conservation of migratory fishes, freshwater biodiversity



B. Sc. (2020) in Applied Biology with a major in Applied Animal Biology, UBC Vancouver. Interested in pursuing work that addresses sustainable fisheries, promotes conservation of freshwater and anadromous fish, and investigates the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on fish communities.

Lab Publications (4)

  • Monchamp, M-E., Z.E. Taranu, R.E. Garner, T. Rehill, O. Morissette, L.L. Iversen, V. Fugère, J.E. Littlefair, N. Barbosa da Costa, J.E. Desforges, J.R. Sánchez Schachta, A.M. Derry, S.J. Cooke, R.D.H. Barrett, D.A. Walsh, I. Ragoussis, M. Albert, M.E. Cristescu and I. Gregory-Eaves.  2023.  Prioritizing taxa for genetic reference database development to advance inland water conservation.  Biological Conservation. 280:109963

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    Desforges, J. E., Clarke, J., Harmsen, E. J., Jardine, A. M., Robichaud, J. A., Serré, S., Chakrabarty, P., Bennett, J.R., Hanna, D. E. L., Smol, J. P., Rytwinski, T., Taylor, J. J., Martel, A. L., Winegardner, A. K., Marty, J., Taylor, M. K., O’Connor, C. M., Robinson, S. A., Reid, A. J., Creed, I. F., Gregory-Eaves, I., Lapointe, N.W.R., Cooke, S.J. 2022. The alarming state of freshwater biodiversity in Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 79:352-365.

  • Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

    Desforges, J.E., K. Birnie-Gauvin, K. Aarestrup, and S.J. Cooke. 2021. Upper thermal tolerance indicated by CTmax fails to predict migration strategy and timing, growth, and predation vulnerability in juvenile brown trout Salmo trutta. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 94:215-227.

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    Cooke, S.J., P. Soroye, J.L. Brooks, J. Clarke, A.L. Jeanson, A. Berberi, M.L. Piczak, C.H. Reid, J.E. Desforges, J.D. Guay,  A.K. Drake, A.M. Jardine, J.P. Ethier, H.E. Keefe, A.M. Medd , B.P.M. Edwards, C. Reeve, A. Perkovic, A. Frempong-Manso, L. LaRochelle, S. Patterson, M. Roach-Krajewski, A. Howarth, B. Bard, E.J. Harmsen, J. Robichaud, S. Serré, C.J. Bihun, R.T. Buxton, V.M. Nguyen, L.C. Woodall, W.J. Sutherland and J.R. Bennett.  2021.  Ten considerations for conservation policy makers for the post-COVID-19 transition.  Environmental Reviews.  29:1-8.