Laura Elmer


My research is focused on the impacts of water temperature, disease and microbe burden, and freshwater fisheries on adult sockeye salmon migrating through the Fraser River, British Columbia. Originally from England, I completed my BSc in biochemistry with industrial/professional experience at the University of Manchester, UK. My interest and background in biochemistry and physiology is something I have bought forward into my further studies in fish biology. I previously worked with Cooke lab as a visiting student researcher from Aug 2014 – Aug 2015 where I was involved in a large number of research projects, and conducted my own project focused on oxidative stress and paternal care in smallmouth bass. Today I am completing my PhD and am interested in how temperature, fisheries capture, and disease/microbes can affect migration success, spawning success and, in turn, further disease/microbe burden and genetic biomarkers of stress in sockeye salmon.

Lab Publications (8)

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    Elmer, L.K., A.L. Bass, S.D. Johnston, K.H. Kaukinen, L.A. Kelly, S. Li, A.K. Teffer, K.M. Miller, S.J. Cooke and S.G. Hinch.  2023.  Changes in infectious agent profiles and host gene expression during spawning migrations of adult sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka).  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  80:1313-1334.

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    Elmer L.K., D.L. Moulton, A.J. Reid, A.P. Farrell, D.A. Patterson, B. Hendriks, S.J. Cooke and S.G. Hinch. 2022. Thermal selection and delayed migration by adult sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) following escape from simulated in-river fisheries capture. Fisheries Research. 251:106321.

  • Elmer, L.K., C.L. Madliger, D.T. Blumstein, C.K. Elvidge, E. Fernández-Juricic, A.Z. Horodysky, N.S. Johnson, L.P. McGuire, R.R. Swaisgood and S.J. Cooke. 2021. Exploiting Common Senses: Sensory Ecology meets Wildlife Conservation and Management. Conservation Physiology. 9(1):coab002.

  • Rytwinski, T., L.K. Elmer, J.J. Taylor, L.A. Donaldson, J.R. Bennett, K.E. Smokorowski, A.K. Winegardner and S.J. Cooke. 2019. How effective are spawning-habitat creation or enhancement measures for substrate-spawning fish? A synthesis. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 3333: viii + 183 p.

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    Twardek, W.M., L.K. Elmer, M.C. Beere, S.J. Cooke and A.J. Danylchuk. 2018. Consequences of fishery gear type and handling practices on capture and release of wild Steelhead on the Bulkley River. Fisheries Research. 206:235-246.

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