Coordinator and Advisor Honours
BA - University of Maine
BSc - University of New Hampshire
MSc - University of British Columbia
PhD - University of British Columbia
NSERC PDF - Simon Fraser University, and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK)
NSERC Visiting Fellow - DFO West Vancouver Laboratory
|Teaching & Research
behavioural ecology, evolutionary physiology, animal physiology, freshwater and marine fish, birds, telemetry, physiological sampling techniques
y lab has interests in all aspects of animal physiology, behaviour, and ecology. Research efforts are focussed primarily, though not exclusively, on freshwater and marine fish species, and on birds. Telemetry and physiological sampling techniques are major tools in our research.
Specific interests include the physiological and evolutionary responses of animals to natural and anthropogenic stressors. By coupling telemetry and physiological sampling techniques, I examine how individual variation in physiological condition affects migratory performance and future reproductive investment and organismal fitness.
Whenever possible, I also seek to apply these findings to issues concerning the conservation of aquatic and avian resources, with the aim of understanding, and hopefully predicting, the response of populations to environmental change.
Undergraduate Honours Positions:
I anticipate having one or two positions available each year for Undergraduate Honours Thesis students (e.g. BIOL 4900). Ideally, thesis projects would involve some field work and data collection, but may more typically involve laboratory and/or data analyses. Ultimately, most projects will have a focus on the physiological underpinning of life-history variation, in either fish or birds, and will usually involve telemetry and behavioural data. Honours projects are a great introduction to research, to what life would be like in graduate school, and to what science is like as a career.
Crossin GT, Trathan PN, and Crawford RJM. 2012. The Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) and the Royal Penguin (E. schlegeli). In: Penguins: Natural History and Conservation (P Garcia-Borboroglu and PD Boersma, Eds.). University of Washington Press, Seattle. In press.
Cooke SJ, Hinch SG, Donaldson MR, Clark TD, Eliason EJ, Crossin GT, Raby GD, Jeffries KM, Lapointe MJ, Miller K, Patterson DA, Farrell AP. 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 of London B 367:1757-1769. PDF
Edwards EWJ, Forcada J, and Crossin GT. 2009. First documentation of leopard seal predation on South Georgia pintail duck. Polar Biology 33:403-405. PDF
Crossin GT, Hinch SG, Cooke SJ, Cooperman MS, Patterson DA, Welch DW, Hanson KC, Olsson I, English KK, and Farrell AP. 2009. Mechanisms influencing the timing and success of reproductive migration in a capital-breeding, semelparous fish species: the sockeye salmon. Physiological & Biochemical Zoology 82:635-652. PDF
Hinch SG, Farrell AP, Cooke SJ, Patterson DA, Lapointe MF, Welch DW, English KK, Crossin GT, Miller K, Thomson RE, Van Der Kraak G, Olssen I, Shrimpton JM, and Cooperman MS. 2009. Using physiological telemetry and intervention experiments to examine the maladaptive shift in Fraser River's Late-Run Sockeye Salmon spawning migration.American Fisheries Society Symposium 69:891-894.