NoWPaS 2021 will be held virtually due to Covid-19 and the uncertainty surrounding global travel. Stay tuned for more details, and be sure to follow NoWPaS on Twitter! We look forward to seeing everyone in person again in 2022!
Meet the keynotes!
Eva B. Thorstad
Eva is a research scientist at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) in Trondheim, and professor II at UiT The Arctic university of Norway in Tromsø. She has been working with salmonid research and fish migrations for many years, mainly Atlantic salmon and sea trout. She has also been working with eel and other fish species, and has been using a variety of telemetry methods. She is member and secretariat leader of the Norwegian Scientific Advisory Committee for Atlantic Salmon, which gives scientific advice to the government. Eva has been working with impacts of hydropower development, migration barriers, salmon farming, introduced species like pink salmon, pollution and catch-and-release angling. Now she is leading a Norwegian project on Atlantic salmon at sea (www.SeaSalar.no).
Tom Reed is an evolutionary ecologist who has conducted research on various aspects of the ecology and genetics of salmonid fishes since 2008. Current research interests include facultative anadromy and sexual conflict in brown trout (Salmo trutta), farm-wild interactions in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and quantitative genetics of pedigreed populations. Following a PhD on seabirds in Scotland, he spent a stint as a postdoc at the University of Washington (Seattle) working on Pacific salmonids, followed by a second postdoc in the Netherlands again on birds, before returning to his native Ireland to work again on salmonids! He continues to collaborate broadly with salmonid researchers across Europe and North America.
Marie Nevoux is a researcher at INRAE (Rennes, France) interested in salmonid life history traits and population dynamics with application for the management of Atlantic salmon and sea trout. Working with long-term monitoring and scale archives, she seeks to reduce the uncertainty on empirical observations, to improve the description of inter-individual heterogeneity and inter-population comparisons. She combines population and individual approaches to study the effect of the environment on salmonids body size, age structure and population dynamics. In particular, she aims at putting marine growth at the heart of Atlantic salmon life cycle, to better understand the key constraints shaping demographic transitions. Marie’s work also focuses on study of partial migration in brown trout, to better understand how freshwater and marine environments may shape the evolution of trout life history diversity.
Peter is associate professor of fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a life-long Alaskan. Growing up on the shores of a salmon stream instilled an early love and fascination for anadromous fishes, a passion that he channelled into a career in research and teaching. After over a decade in school outside of Alaska, where he earned a BS and MS at the University of Washington and a PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland, he returned home to take a position at the University of Alaska. He and his students in the Salmonid Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation lab (www.seec-lab.com) strive to understand the ecological patterns and processes that give rise to adaptation in nature, the consequences of adaptation for management and conservation, with the goal of sustaining the connections between salmon, people, and place. Current research foci include the ecological and evolutionary interactions between hatchery and wild Pacific salmon, patterns and processes of homing and straying, responses to climate change and biological invasions, colonization of the Arctic by salmon, and collective movement ecology.