2020 Meeting

March 2nd-7th 2020, Laugarvatn, Iceland

NoWPaS 2020 will by hosted by the University of Iceland, next to the shores of Lake Laugarvatn.

Meet our keynotes!

Erika Eliason

Dr. Erika Eliason, University of California Santa Barbara

“The Eliason lab studies intraspecific variability and thermal tolerance in Pacific salmon. We are particularly interested in whether individual variation can enable salmon to survive and succeed in a changing world. Much of our research focuses on how climate change affects physiological performance across populations, age, body size, and sex in salmon. As an ecological physiologist, I use an integrative approach to examine questions across multiple levels of biological organization – from population, whole animal, organ, cellular to genome-level.”

Visit her lab website here: http://erikaeliason.com/


Dr. Kim Aarestrup, Technical University of Denmark

Kim has been studying salmonids for almost 30 years. Based in Denmark, he has focused much of his research on brown trout and Atlantic salmon (though he has done a great deal of work on multiple eel species). His work integrates simple physiology, behavioral ecology and experimental studies. Kim has used telemetry as a key tool for his work, exploring the mechanisms that drive migration timing and success, and what that implies for the conservation and management of salmonid species in Denmark.


Dr. Camille Leblanc, Holar University

“I am an evolutionary ecologist and my work focuses on the processes that create, alter and maintain biodiversity. I am especially interested in the interplay of ecological and evolutionary forces in shaping biodiversity between populations. A good part of my work also focuses on understanding why do individuals differ in life history traits within a single population. More recently, I have been active in triggering discussions on how to map and include diversity within a species in longterm monitoring of fish populations.

Ultimately, understanding how microevolutionary processes can affect individual phenotype in variable environments is fundamental to successfully manage and conserve wild populations. The nature of Iceland and especially its peculiar and aquatic systems are a great asset in tackling these questions.

My work involves a range of approaches and tools: from controlled laboratory experiments to longterm monitoring of fish populations. Along with students and colleagues I have used microsatellites and SNPs data, gene expression data, direct behavioural observation and tracking software, acoustic telemetry, metabolic rate measurements and geometric morphometrics, allowing to characterise the phenotype of fish at various levels.”

Visit this website to see some of Camille’s recent work: https://www.holaraquatic.org/camille-a-leblanc.html


Dr. Steven J. Cooke, Carleton University

Cooke is a Professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  He studies the ecology of wild fish in rivers, lakes and oceans.  His research combines physiological and behavioural tools and concepts to reveal mechanisms that underpin variation in migration success.  He is also interested in solving conservation problems and has pioneered the field of “conservation physiology”.

You can visit his lab website here: http://www.fecpl.ca/


  • The workshop is free for all delegates and is first come, first serve among eligible applicants.


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