Steven J. Cooke

Principal Investigator

Dr. Cooke is a Canada Research Professor (formerly Canada Research Chair) in the Department of Biology and Institute of Environmental and Interdisciplinary Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, Ontario), in the field of fish ecology and conservation physiology. Cooke is also founding Director of the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation.  He is an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo and an Affiliate Research Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey.


Professional Activities

Secretary of the College of the Royal Society of Canada
Robin Welcomme Fellow of Inland Fisheries at Michigan State University (2019-2020)
T.D. Walter Bean Visiting Fellow in the Environment at the University of Waterloo (2018-2019)
Editorial board member for the journal FACETS
Editorial board member for the journal Environmental Reviews
Canadian Centre Representative for the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence
Past President of the International Section of the American Fisheries Society
Ambassador and Board Member for #Keepemwet Fishing
Chair of the Science Advisor Committee for Ocean Tracking Network Canada
Chair of the Sea Lamprey Research Board of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Editor in Chief for Conservation Physiology (Oxford University Press)
Past President of the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society
Member of the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (representing AFS)
Member of the World Council of Fisheries Societies (representing Canada)
Handling Editor for Environmental Biology of Fishes and Journal of Animal Biotelemetry
Editorial Board for Fisheries Research and Ideas in Ecology and Evolution
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo
Research Associate in the Department of Forest Sciences and Conservation at the University of British Columbia
Affiliate Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey
Special Graduate Faculty at the University of Illiniois at Urbana-Champaign

Lab Publications (1215)

  • Journal of Fish Biology Cover Image

    Shorgan, M.B., H.B. Reid, S.V. Ivanova, A.T. Fisk, S.J. Cooke and G.D. Raby.  In Press.  Validation of a new acoustic telemetry transmitter for the study of predation events in small fishes.  Journal of Fish Biology.  00:000-000.

  • Fisheries Research Cover Image

    Lunzmann-Cooke, E.L., S.G. Hinch, A.L. Bass, S.D. Johnston, B.J. Hendriks, A.D. Porter, S.J. Cooke and D.W. Welch.  In Press.  Recreational fisheries-related injuries and body size affect travel rate and post-release mortality in marine migrating coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch).  Fisheries Research.  00:000-000.

  • Wilson, S., P. Smith, E. Kenchington, M. Ballard, R. Buxton, K. Bobiwash, S. J. Marshall, E. Gilmore, É. Abergel, J. Allison, D. Arbuthnott, S. Avery-Gomm, N. C. Ban, K. F. Beazley, J. R. Bennett, E. Bennett, A. D. Binley, L. K. Blight, L. E. Bortolotti, D. Browne, E. K. Cameron, K. M. A. Chan, C. Chisholm, C. Chu, S. J. Cooke, F. Di Palma, D. Duplisea, C. Edge, B. Frei, L. W. Gomes, C. Hart, S. Hayne, M. Houde, A. L. Jacob, S. Javorek, H. Kharouba, D. R. Lapen, T. G. Martin, M. Mitchell, I. Naujokaitis-Lewis, E. A. Nyboer, M. O’Connor, A. Olive, S. Otto, B. Pickering, R. Pither, G. Pritchard, C. Raudsepp-Hearne, J. Rice, D. G. Roche, E. Rubidge, M. Ryckman, J. M. Saarela, K. D. Sadler, C. Shulman, I. Siboo, K. A. Solarik, F. Soulard, C. Sponarski, D. Stralberg, E. Ubalijoro, A. Ventimiglia, and C. D. Ziter. 2024. Science and knowledge needs to support Canada’s implementation of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.  Report prepared for Environment and Climate Change Canada, 62 pp.  Available at:

  • Ecology of Freshwater Fish Cover Image

    Kosziwka, K., S.J. Cooke, K.E. Smokorowski, F. Fischer, E.S. Dunlop, M. Rennie and T.C. Pratt.  In Press.  The spatial extent of Walleye and Lake Sturgeon spawning migrations below a dam in the lower Black Sturgeon River, Lake Superior.  Ecology of Freshwater Fishes.  00:000-000.

  • Harper, M., T. Rytwinski, R. Irvine and S.J. Cooke.  In Press.  What is the effectiveness of methods for eradicating or controlling abundance and biomass of invasive aquatic plants in Canada? A systematic review protocol.  Ecological Solutions and Evidence.  00:000-000.

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