Lee F.G. Gutowsky

AlumniPh.D. Students - Alumni  (2009)

My research examines bull trout spatial ecology and entrainment vulnerability in a hydropower reservoir. Specifically, I am using acoustic biotelemetry to monitor adfluvial bull trout for several years with the objectives of characterizing 1) spatial ecology and 2) entrainment vulnerability relative to environmental (e.g., season and diel period) and biological (e.g., sex, depth distribution, body size, spawning site) factors in a large high-elevation hydropower reservoir. To accomplish these objectives, myself and a team of collaborators have strategically stationed 42 telemetry receivers and several stationary temperature recorders at key choke points and spawning tributaries in Kinbasket Reservoir, British Columbia. These acoustic hydrophones provide cell coverage of approximately 35 km2 (8% of total surface area) including directly adjacent to the Mica Dam on Kinbasket. Following capture in the spring and autumn of 2010, 187 bull trout have been surgically implanted with coded temperature and depth sensing transmitter tags that will relay data for up to three years. Overall, the results of this research will identify patterns important to the ecology of adfluvial bull trout and salmonid entrainment vulnerability in similar hydropower reservoirs.






Aquaculture Technician (2001 – 2003) – Fleming College School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences – Lindsay ON.

Ecosystem Management Technician and Technology (2003 – 2005) – Fleming College School of Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences – Lindsay, ON.

B.Sc. Honours in Environmental & Resource Science (2005 – 2007) – Trent University, Peterborough, ON.

M.Sc., Biology (2007 – 2009) – Trent University, Peterborough, ON.

M.Sc. Thesis Title: Life history, growth and demographic variation in a highly invasive fish species during its range expansion in the Trent River, Ontario: the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus)

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Twitter: @Lee_FG

Lab Publications (21)

  • Brooks, J.L., J.D. Midwood, L.F.G. Gutowsky, C.M. Boston, S. Doka, J.A. Hoyle, and S. J. Cooke. In Press. Spatial ecology of reintroduced walleye (Sander vitreus) in Hamilton Harbour of Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 00:000-000.

  • Gutowsky, L.F.G., Brownscombe, J.W., Wilson, A.D.M., Szekeres, P., and Cooke, S.J. 2016. Improved performance, within-individual consistency and between-individual differences in the righting behaviour of the Caribbean sea star, Oreaster reticulatus. Behaviour. 153:1763–1776.

  • Physiological and Biochemical Zoology

    Algera, D.A., L.F.G. Gutowsky, A.J. Zolderdo and S.J. Cooke.  2017. Parental Care in a Stressful World: Experimentally Elevated Cortisol and Brood Size Manipulation Influence Nest Success Probability and Nest-Tending Behavior in a Wild Teleost Fish Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.  90(1):85–95.

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    Brownscombe, J.W, A.J. Danylchuk, J.M. Chapman, L.F.G. Gutowsky, and S.J. Cooke. 2017. Best practices for catch-and-release recreational fisheries – angling tools and tactics. Fisheries Research.

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    Harrison, P.M., L.F.G. Gutowsky, E.G. Martins, D.A. Patterson, S.J. Cooke, and  M. Power. 2016. Temporal plasticity in thermal habitat selection of burbot, Lota lota, a diel-migrating winter-specialist. Journal of Fish Biology. 88:2111–2129.

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Other Publications

Gutowsky, S. E., Gutowsky, L. F. G., Jonsen, I. D., Leonard, M. L., Naughton, M. B., Romano, M. D., Shaffer, S. A. 2014. Daily activity budgets reveal a quasi-flightless stage during non-breeding in Hawaiian albatrosses. Movement Ecology 2: 23.

Gutowsky, L.F.G., Gobin, J., Burnett, M.J., Chapman, J.M., Stoot, L.J., Bliss, S. 2013. Smartphones and digital tablets: emerging tool for fisheries professionals. Fisheries 38:10, 451-461.

Gutowsky, L.F.G., & Fox, M.G. 2012. Intra-population variability of life history traits and growth during the range expansion of the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Fisheries Management and Ecology 19: 78-88.

Gutowsky, L.F.G., Brownscombe, J.W., and Fox, M.G. 2011. Angling to estimate the density of adult round goby (Neogobius melanostomus). Fisheries Research 108: 228-231.

Gutowsky, L.F.G., & Fox, M.G. 2011. Occupation, body size and sex ratio of round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in established and newly invaded areas in an Ontario river. Hydrobiologia 671: 27-37.

Raby, G.D., Gutowsky, L.F.G., & Fox, M.G. 2010. Diet composition and consumption rate in round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) in its expansion phase in the Trent River, Ontario. Environmental Biology of Fishes 89:143-150 (M.Sc.)