Lisa Donaldson

Lab Manager/Research Biologist

As the Lab Manager and Research Biologist, Lisa assists with many of the student and postdoctoral research projects in the Cooke lab.

Some of her responsibilities include:

  • Conducting systematic reviews as part of the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation and Environmental Management
  • Provide field work support throughout the year
  • Prepare reports for partners and participate in the peer-review process (edit, revise and contribute to manuscripts
  • Lab safety
  • Maintenance and repair of equipment


Aquatic Science Technician, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Burnaby, BC

Aquatic Resource Technician, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Manotick, ON

Laboratory Manager, Cooke Lab, Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

Aquatic Science Technician, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority, Manotick, ON

Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON

B.Sc. Honours Thesis: “Airing” on the Side of Caution: Linking the Physiological Status of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) with Behaviour and Fate Following Catch-and-Release Angling

Supervisor: Dr. Steven Cooke

Lab Publications (9)

  • Rytwinski T, Harper M, Taylor JJ, Bennett JR, Donaldson LA, Smokorowski KE, Clarke K, Bradford MJ, Doherty A, Ghamry H, Spearin B, Olden J, Boisclair D, Cooke SJ (2020)What are the impacts of flow regime changes on fish productivity in temperate regions? A systematic map. Environment Evidence 9:7 (DOI 10.1186/s13750-020-00190-z).

  • Rytwinski, T., Elmer, L.K., Taylor, J.J., Donaldson, L.A., Bennett, J.R., Smokorowski, K.E., Winegardner, A.K., and Cooke, S.J. 2019. How effective are spawning-habitat creation or enhancement measures for substrate-spawning fish? A synthesis. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 3333: viii + 183 p.

  • Donaldson, L.A., T. Rytwinski, J.J. Taylor, D.A.R. Drake, A. Martel, S.J. Cooke. 2019. Can conservation targets for imperiled freshwater fishes and mussels be achieved by captive breeding and release programs? A systematic map protocol to determine available evidence. Environmental Evidence. 8:16.

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    Rytwinski T, Taylor JJ, Donaldson LA, Britton JR, Browne D, Gresswell RE, Lintermans M, Prior K, Pellatt MG, Vis C, Cooke SJ. 2019. The effectiveness of non-native fish removal techniques in freshwater ecosystems: a systematic review. Environmental Reviews. 27: 71-94.

  • Cooke, S.J., A.M. Rous, L.A. Donaldson, J.J. Taylor, T. Rytwinski, K.A. Prior, K.E. Smokorowski and J.R. Bennett.  2018.  Evidence-based restoration in the Anthropocene – From acting with purpose to acting for impact.  Restoration Ecology. 26(2):201-205.

See All 9 Publications by Lisa Donaldson

Other Publications

Moore, J.W., Beakes, M.P., Nesbitt, H.K., Yeakel, J.D., Patterson, D.A., Thompson, L.A., Phillis, C., Braun, D., Favaro, C., Scott, D., Carr-Harris, C., and Atlas, W. 2015. Emergent stability in a large free-flowing watershed. Ecology 96:340-347.


Jeffries, K.M., Hinch, S.G., Donaldson, M.R., Gale, M.K., Burt, J.M., Thompson, L.A., Farrell, A.P., Patterson, D.A., and Miller, K.M. 2011. Temporal changes in blood variables during final maturation and senescence in male sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka (Walbaum): reduced osmoregulatory ability can predict mortality. Journal of Fish Biology 79: 449-465.


Thompson, L.A., Baudry, V., Moore, B., Hague, M.J., Senciall, D., Mercer, S., and Patterson, D.A. 2010. A standardised process for the rescue, archival and quality control of historic water temperature data for the Fraser River Watershed, British Columbia. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 2863: vii + 50 p.


McKay, D.C., Thompson, L.A., Hills, J.A., Hague, M.J., and Patterson, D.A. 2009. Chapter 1: Migratory behaviour of Pacific salmon populations in the Fraser River, British Columbia In Predicting the magnitude and timeline of climate change effects on spawning migration success for major populations of Fraser River salmon and implications of fisheries: SEF Final Report. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Patterson, D.A., Herunter, H.E., Vimos, P., Thompson, L.A., Hague, M.J., Hills, J.A., and McKay, D.C. 2008. Chapter 3: Evaluation of spawning and incubation environment for Stuart sockeye salmon In Evaluation of the Potential Freshwater Factors Linked to the Decline of Early and Late Stuart Sockeye Salmon: SEF Final Report. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Patterson, D.A., Thompson, L.A., McKay, D.C., Herunter, H.E., Hills, J.A., and Hague, M.J. 2008. Chapter 4: Rearing environments and body condition of juvenile Stuart sockeye salmon In Evaluation of the Potential Freshwater Factors Linked to the Decline of Early and Late Stuart Sockeye Salmon: SEF Final Report. Fisheries and Oceans Canada.