Graham is a Ph.D. candidate and NSERC scholarship holder at Carleton University in Dr. Steven Cooke’s Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology Lab, and is co-supervised by Dr. Scott Hinch at the University of British Columbia. Each year Graham conducts field work in BC that examines the physiological effects and fitness outcomes Pacific salmon experience when captured and released during their migrating in the Fraser River. Through his research, Graham collaborates with several stakeholder groups including the Area B Seine Society, First Nations bands, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, LGL Environmental Associates, J.O. Thomas and Associates, the Pacific Salmon Commission, the Pacific Salmon Federation, and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. When back in Ontario, Graham has been involved in projects studying the effects of fyke net capture on northern pike and has presented this work at the 2011 AFS-OC AGM. Graham previously completed his Bachelor’s degree in the Environmental & Resource Science program at Trent University where he did an Honours thesis with Dr. Michael Fox that explored aspects of life history in an expanding population of the invasive round goby.
As a member of AFS and CARS since 2009, Graham has acted as the Canadian and student representative for the AFS parent society’s Time and Place Committee, has volunteered as an event organizer for the newly-formed BC student subunit of the Washington-BC Chapter of AFS, and attended two AFS-OC AGMs in addition to the 2011 parent society meeting in Seattle. Graham is passionate about aquatic conservation and eager to become more involved with the Ontario Chapter. If selected to serve in the student subunit, Graham will bring his experience of communicating research, tech skills as webmaster of the Cooke Lab website, and enthusiasm for fish and fisheries science.