Michael R. Donaldson

AlumniM.Sc. Students - Alumni

My research focuses on understanding how organisms interact with their human-influenced environments. Through climate change, habitat development, species invasions, and fisheries, human activities can either directly or indirectly push animals to their physiological limits, affecting behaviour, reproduction, survival, and fitness.  Understanding how animals respond to and recover from anthropogenic stressors is fundamental to predicting long-term consequences of these stressors, which is in turn essential for their management and conservation.

In addition to my research activities, I work as the Content Development Manager at Canadian Science Publishing (CSP), the not-for-profit publisher of the NRC Research Press suite of journals and FACETS. My responsibilities at CSP include working with our journal editors to implement content development strategies with the ultimate goal of increasing quality submissions and enhancing the dissemination of scientific discoveries to the world. One of my main tasks is to provide support for the scientific community, including forging partnerships and collaborations with academic societies and scholarly conferences.


10/2016 to Present          Co-Chief Science Editor, Fisheries

11/2014 to Present          Content Development Manager, Canadian Science Publishing, Ottawa, Ontario.

11/2014 to Present          Research Fellow, Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Laboratory, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

10/2011 to 10/2015          Science Editor, Fisheries         

01/2013 to 11/2014          NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois.  Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.

09/2012 to 12/2012          Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Forest Sciences, University of British Columbia.  Vancouver, British Columbia.

09/2008 to 06/2012          Ph.D. Forestry, Centre for Applied Conservation Research, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

01/2006 to 06/2008          M.Sc. Biology, Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology, Faculty of Science, Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

09/2001 to 06/2005          B.Sc. (Honours) Integrated Science, Major in Biology, Minor in Mass Communication, Faculty of Science, Carleton University. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Professional Activities

Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/michaelrdonaldson/

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=bmbw64oAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Donaldson7

Twitter: @cjfas; @ecolevol

Lab Publications (2)

  • Cooke, S.J., N. Young, M.R. Donaldson, E.A. Nyboer, D.G. Roche, C.L. Madliger, R.J. Lennox, J.M. Chapman, Z. Faulkes and J.R. Bennett.  In Press.  Ten Strategies for Avoiding and Overcoming Authorship Conflicts in Academic Publishing.  FACETS Journal.  00:000-000.

  • Patterson, D.A., K.A. Robinson, R.J. Lennox, T.L. Nettles, L.A. Donaldson, E.J. Eliason, G.D. Raby, J.M. Chapman, K.V. Cook, M.R. Donaldson, A.L. Bass, S.M. Drenner, A.J. Reid, S.J. Cooke and S.G. Hinch. 2017. Review and Evaluation of Fishing-Related Incidental Mortality for Pacific Salmon. DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Research Document. 2017/010:ix + 155p.

Other Publications

Bett, N., S. Naman, M.R. Donaldson, N.J. Burnett, S.G. Hinch. 2016. Ecological risks associated with recipient straying in small populations of Pacific Salmon. Fisheries. 00:000-000.

Wilson, M., T. Ramey, M.R. Donaldson, R. Germain, E. Perkin. 2016. Communicating science: sending the right message to the right audience. FACETS.

Szekeres, P., E.J. Eliason, D. Lapointe, M.R. Donaldson, J.W. Brownscombe and S.J. Cooke. 2016. On the neglected cold side of climate change and its implications for fish.  Climate Research.  00:000-000.

Donaldson, M.R., N.J. Burnett, D. Braun , C.D. Suski , S.G. Hinch , S.J. Cooke , J.T. Kerr. 2016. Research bias and international biodiversity conservation policy. FACETS.

N.M. Sopinka, M.R. Donaldson, C.M. O’Connor, C.D. Suski, S.J. Cooke. 2016. Stress Indices in Fish. Biology of Stress in Fish, “Fish Physiology” series.

Donaldson, M.R., J. Amberg, S. Adhikari, A. Cupp, N. Jensen, J. Romine, A. Wright, M. Gaikowski, C.D. Suski. 2016. Carbon dioxide as a tool to deter the movement of invasive Asian Carp. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145: 657-670.

Cooke, S.J. Nguyen, V.M., Wilson, A.D.M., Donaldson, M.R., Gallagher, A.J., Hammerschlag, N., and N.R. Haddaway. 2016. The need for speed in a crisis discipline: perspectives on peer-review duration and implications for conservation science. Endangered Species Research 30, 11-18

Nguyen, V.M., N.R. Haddaway, L.F.G. Gutowsky, A.D.M. Wilson, A.J. Gallagher, M.R. Donaldson, N. Hammerschlag, S.J. Cooke. 2015. How Long Is Too Long in Contemporary Peer Review? Perspectives from Authors Publishing in Conservation Biology Journals. PLOS ONE e0132557.

Raby, G.D., M.R. Donaldson, S.G. Hinch, T.D. Clark, E.J. Eliason, K.M. Jeffries, K.V. Cook, A. Teffer, A.L. Bass, K.M. Miller, D.A. Patterson, A.P. Farrell, and S.J. Cooke. 2015. Fishing for effective conservation: context and biotic variation key to understanding the survival of Pacific salmon after catch-and-release. Integrative and Comparative Biology 00:000-000.

Robinson, K.A., S.G. Hinch, G.D. Raby, M.R. Donaldson, D. Robichaud, D.A. Patterson, and S.J. Cooke. 2015. Influence of post-capture ventilation assistance on migration success of adult sockeye salmon following capture and release. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 00:000-000.

Donaldson, M.R., S.G. Hinch, C.D. Suski, A.T. Fisk, M.R. Heupel, and S.J. Cooke. 2014. Making connections in aquatic ecosystems with acoustic telemetry monitoring. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 12:565-573.

Gale, M.K., S.G. Hinch, S.J. Cooke, M.R. Donaldson, E.J. Eliason, K.M. Jeffries, E.G. Martins and D.A. Patterson. 2014. Observable impairments predict mortality of captured and released sockeye salmon at various temperatures.  Conservation Physiology.  2:doi:10.1093/conphys/cou029.

Raby, G.D., M.R. Donaldson, V.M. Nguyen, M.K. Taylor, N.M. Sopinka, K. Cook, D.A. Patterson, D. Robichaud, S.G. Hinch, and S.J. Cooke. 2014. Bycatch mortality of endangered coho salmon: impacts, solutions, and aboriginal perspectives.  Ecological Applications 24:1803-1819.

Donaldson, M.R., S.G. Hinch, K.M. Jeffries, D.A. Patterson, S.J. Cooke, A.P. Farrell, and K.M. Miller. 2014. Species- and sex-specific responses and recovery of wild, mature Pacific salmon to an exhaustive exercise and air-exposure stressor. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: A 173:7-16.

Cooke, S.J., and M.R. Donaldson. 2014. Self-citation by researchers: narcissism or an inevitable outcome of a cohesive and sustained research program?  Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 7:1-2.

Burnett, N.J., S.G. Hinch, M.R. Donaldson, N.B. Furey, D.A. Patterson, D.W. Roscoe, and S.J. Cooke. 2014.Alterations to dam-spill discharge influence sex-specific activity, behaviour and passage success of migrating adult sockeye salmon. Ecohydrology 7:1094-1104.

Nguyen, V.M., E.G. Martins, D. Robichaud, G.D. Raby, M.R. Donaldson, A.G. Lotto, W.G. Willmore, D.A. Patterson, A.P. Farrell, S.G. Hinch, and S.J. Cooke. 2014. Disentangling the roles of air exposure, gillnet injury, and facilitated recovery on the post-capture and release mortality and behavior of adult migratory sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in freshwater. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 87:125-135.

Cooke, S.J., V. Nguyen, K.J. Murchie, J.D. Thiem, M.R. Donaldson, S.G. Hinch, R.S. Brown and A. Fisk. 2013. To tag or not to tag: animal welfare, conservation and stakeholder considerations in fish tracking studies that use electronic tags.  Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy 16:352-374.

Donaldson, M.R. and S.J. Cooke. 2014. Scientific publications: Moving beyond quality and quantity toward influence. Bioscience 64:12-13. doi: 10.1093/biosci/bit007

Donaldson, M.R. 2013. ‘Speed collaborations’ and the quality versus quantity debate in ecology and evolution publications.  Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 6:47-48.

Robinson, K.A., S.G. Hinch, M.K. Gale, T.D. Clark, S.M. Wilson, M.R. Donaldson, A.P. Farrell, S.J. Cooke, and D.A. Patterson. 2013. Effects of post-capture ventilation assistance and elevated water temperature on sockeye salmon in a simulated capture-and-release experiment. Conservation Physiology 10.1093/conphys/cot015.

Cooke, S.J., M.R. Donaldson, C.M. O’Connor, G.D. Raby, R. Arlinghaus, A.J. Danylchuk, K.C. Hanson, S.G. Hinch, T.D. Clark, D.A. Patterson, and C.D. Suski.  2013.  The physiological consequences of catch-and-release angling: perspectives on experimental design, interpretation, extrapolation, and relevance to stakeholders.  Fisheries Management and Ecology 20:268-287.

Raby, G.D., S.J. Cooke, K.V. Cook, S.H. McConnachie, M.R. Donaldson, S.G. Hinch, C.K. Whitney, S.M. Drenner, D.A. Patterson, T.D. Clark, and A.P. Farrell. 2013. Resilience of pink salmon and chum salmon to simulated capture stress incurred upon arrival at spawning grounds. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:524-539.

Donaldson, M.R., G.D. Raby, V.N. Nguyen, S.G. Hinch, D.A. Patterson, A.P. Farrell, M. Rudd, L.A. Thompson, C.M. O’Connor, A.H. Colotelo, S.H. McConnachie, K.V. Cook, D. Robichaud, K.K. English, and S.J. Cooke. 2013. Evaluation of a simple technique for recovering Pacific salmon from capture stress: integrating comparative physiology, biotelemetry, and social science to solve a conservation problem.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70:90-100.

Gale, M.K., S.G. Hinch, and M.R. Donaldson. 2013. The role of temperature in the capture and release of fish. Fish and Fisheries 14:1-33.

Jeffries, K.M., S.G. Hinch, T. Sierocinski, T.D. Clark, E.J. Eliason, M.R. Donaldson, S. Li, P. Pavlidis, and K.M. Miller. 2012. Consequences of high temperatures and premature mortality on the transcriptome and blood physiology of wild adult sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Ecology and Evolution 2:1747-1764.

Donaldson, M.R., S.G. Hinch, G.D. Raby, D.A. Patterson, A.P. Farrell, and S.J. Cooke. 2012. Population-specific consequences of fisheries-related stressors on adult sockeye salmon. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology (focused issue on intraspecific variation in physiology and behavior) 85:729-739.

Clark, T.D., M.R. Donaldson, S. Pieperhoff, S.M. Drenner, A. Lotto, S.J. Cooke, S.G. Hinch, D.A. Patterson, and A.P. Farrell. 2012.  Physiological benefits of being small in a changing world: responses of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) to an acute thermal challenge and a simulated capture event.  PLoS One 7:e39079.

Cooke, S.J., S.G. Hinch, M.R. Donaldson, T.D. Clark, E.J. Eliason, G.T. Crossin, G.D. Raby, K.M. Jeffries, M. Lapointe, K. Miller, D.A. Patterson, and A.P. Farrell. 2012.  Conservation physiology in practice: How physiological knowledge has improved our ability to sustainably manage Pacific salmon during up-river migration.  Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 367:1757-1769.

Burt, J.M., M.R. Donaldson, K.A. Hruska, S.G. Hinch, and J.S. Richardson. 2012. Interactive field site visits can help students translate scientific studies into contextual understanding. Fisheries 37(7):315-319.

Raby, G.D., M.R. Donaldson, S.G. Hinch, D.A. Patterson, A.G. Lotto, D. Robichaud, K.K. English, W.G. Willmore, A.P. Farrell, M.W. Davis, and S.J. Cooke. In Press. Validation of reflex indicators for measuring vitality and predicting the delayed mortality of wild coho salmon bycatch released from fishing gears. Journal of Applied Ecology 00:000-000.

Hasler, C.T., S.J. Cooke, S.G. Hinch, E. Guimond, M.R. Donaldson, B. Mossop, and D.A. Patterson. 2012. Thermal biology and bioenergetics of different upriver migration strategies in a stock of summer-run Chinook salmon.  Journal of Thermal Biology (special issue on behavioural thermoregulation and telemetry) 37:265-272.


Raby, G.D., M.R. Donaldson, S.G. Hinch, D.A. Patterson, A.G. Lotto, D. Robichaud, K.K. English, W.G. Willmore, A.P. Farrell, M.W. Davis, and S.J. Cooke. 2011. Validation of reflex indicators for measuring vitality and predicting the delayed mortality of wild coho salmon bycatch released from fishing gears. Journal of Applied Ecology 49:90-98.

Donaldson, M.R. 2011. The junior referee conundrum: How do you gain experience with the peer-review process? Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 4: 32–33.

Clark, T.D., M.R. Donaldson, S.M. Drenner, S.G. Hinch, D.A. Patterson, J. Hills, V. Ives, J.J. Carter, S.J. Cooke,  and A.P. Farrell. 2011. The efficacy of field techniques for obtaining and storing blood samples from fish.  Journal of Fish Biology 79:1322-1333.

Donaldson, M.R., C.M. O’Connor, L.A. Thompson, S.E. Danylchuk, A.J. Gingerich, R.R. Duplain, and S.J. Cooke. 2011. Contrasting game fish and non-game fish species. Fisheries 36(3):123-129.

Jeffries, K.M., S.G. Hinch, M.R. Donaldson, M.K. Gale, J.M. Burt, L.A. Thompson, A.P. Farrell, D.A. Patterson, and K.M. Miller. 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.

Donaldson, M.R., D.D. Aday, and S.J. Cooke. 2011. A call for ‘mini-reviews’: an effective but underutilized method of synthesizing knowledge to inform and direct fisheries management, policy and research.  Fisheries 36(03):123-129.

Hasler, C.T., M.R. Donaldson, R.P.B. Sunder, E. Guimond, D.A. Patterson, B. Mossop, S.G. Hinch, and S.J. Cooke.  2011. Osmoregulatory, metabolic and nutritional condition of summer-run male Chinook salmon in relation to their fate and migratory behavior in a regulated river. Endangered Species Research 14:79-89.

Donaldson, M.R., S.G. Hinch, D.A. Patterson, J. Hills, J.O. Thomas, S.J. Cooke, G.D. Raby, L.A. Thompson, D. Robichaud, K.K. English, and Farrell, A.P. 2011. The consequences of angling and beach seine capture on the physiology, post-release behaviour and survival of adult sockeye salmon during upriver migration.  Fisheries Research 108: 133-141.


Donaldson, M.R., Clark, T.D., Hinch, S.G., Cooke, S.J., Patterson, D.A., Gale, M.K., and Farrell, A.P. 2010. Physiological responses of free-swimming adult coho salmon to simulated predator and fisheries encounters.  Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83: 973–983.

Donaldson, M.R., Hinch, S.G., Patterson, D.A., Farrell, A.P., Shrimpton, J.M., Miller-Saunders, K.M., Robichaud, D., Hills, J., Hruska, K.A., Hanson, K.C., English, K.K., Van Der Kraak, G., and  Cooke, S.J. 2010. Physiological condition differentially affects the behaviour and survival of two populations of sockeye salmon during their freshwater spawning migration. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83: 459-472.

Donaldson, M.R., Hasler, C.T., Hanson, K.C., Clark, T.D., Hinch, S.G., and Cooke, S.J. 2010. Injecting youth into peer-review to increase its sustainability: a case study of ecology journals. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution 3: 1-7.

Hanson, K.C., Hasler, C.T., Donaldson, M.R., and Cooke, S.J. 2010. Stability of swimming performance and activity hierarchies among wild largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) at multiple temporal scales: evidence for context-dependent shuffling between seasons.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 88: 324-333.

Donaldson, M.R., Cooke, S.J., Patterson, D.A., Hinch, S.G., Robichaud, D., Hanson, K.C., Olsson, I., Crossin, G.T., English, K.K., and Farrell, A.P. 2009. Limited behavioural thermoregulation by adult upriver-migrating sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in the lower Fraser River, British Columbia.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 87: 480-490.

Cooke, S.J., Donaldson, M.R., Hinch, S.G., Crossin, G.T., Patterson, D.A., Hanson, K.C., English, K.K., Shrimpton, J.M., and Farrell, A.P. 2009. Is fishing selective for physiological and energetic characteristics in migratory adult sockeye salmon? Evolutionary Applications 2: 299-311.

Arlinghaus, R., Klefoth, T., Gingerich, A.J., Donaldson, M.R., Hanson, K.C., and Cooke, S.J. 2008. Swimming with a mouthful: behavioural consequences of releasing angled pike (Esox lucius L.) without removal of artificial lures. Fisheries Management and Ecology 15: 459-466.

Donaldson, M.R., Cooke, S.J., Patterson, D.A., and Macdonald, J.S. 2008. Cold shock and fish.  Journal of Fish Biology 73: 1491-1530.

Cooke, S.J., Suski, C.D., Danylchuk, S.E., Danylchuk, A.J., Donaldson, M.R., Pullen, C., Bulté, G., O’Toole, A., Murchie, K.J., and Goldberg, T.L. 2008 Effects of capture techniques on the physiological condition of bonefish (Albula vulpes) evaluated using field physiology diagnostic tools. Journal of Fish Biology 73: 1351 – 1375.

Thompson, L.A., Cooke, S.J., Donaldson, M.R., Hanson, K.C., Gingerich, A.J., Klefoth, T. and Arlinghaus, R. 2008. Physiology, Behavior and survival of angled and air exposed largemouth bass. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28: 1059-1068.

Cooke, S.J., Hinch ,S.G., Farrell, A.P., Patterson, D.A., Miller-Saunders, K., Welch, D.W., Donaldson, M.R., Hanson, K.C., Crossin, G.T., Olsson, I., Cooperman, M.S., Hruska, K., Wagner, G.N., Thompson, R., and English, K.K. 2008.  Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the migration biology of telemetered fish.  Fisheries 33:321-338 (cover feature)

Donaldson, M.R., Arlinghaus, R., Hanson, K.C, and Cooke, S.J. 2008. Enhancing catch-and-release science with biotelemetry. Fish and Fisheries 9: 79–105.

Hanson, K.C., Cooke, S.J., Hinch, S.G., Crossin, G.T., Patterson, D.A., English, K.K., Donaldson, M.R., Shrimpton, J.M., Van Der Kraak, G., and Farrell, A.P. 2008. Individual variation in ground speed and the physiological and energetic status of upriver migrating sockeye salmon in the Fraser River. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 81:255-268.

Gingerich, A.J., Cooke, S.J., Hanson, K.C, Donaldson, M.R., Hasler, C.T, Suski, C.D., and Arlinghaus, R. 2007. Evaluation of the interactive effects of air exposure duration and water temperature on the condition and survival of angled and released fish. Fisheries Research 86:169-178.

Donaldson, M.R., Henein, K. and Runtz, M. 2007. Assessing the effect of developed habitat on waterbird behavior in a riparian system in Ottawa, Canada. Urban Ecosystems 10:139-151.