Research Areas research areas


  • Our group conducts research in fish ecology and animal movements. We primarily try to understand the motivations and consequences of fish movements through space and time. We are also interested in predator-prey interactions, bioenergetics, and landscape ecology. To study these topics, we use a variety of techniques including telemetry (putting an electronic tag on or in an animal to follow its movements), diet analyses, bioenergetics models, and geographic information systems (GIS).

    We conduct research on various taxa, mostly fishes, across the globe. This includes Pacific salmon in British Columbia, fishes in the high Arctic, Atlantic salmon among other fishes in New England, Gulf of Maine crustaceans, and even dolphins in the Mediterranean.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 Infected juvenile salmon can experience increased predation during freshwater migrationRoyal Society Open Science.  8. 2021
    2021 Migratory salmon smolts exhibit consistent interannual depensatory predator swamping: Effects on telemetry-based survival estimatesEcology of Freshwater Fish.  30:18-30. 2021
    2020 In situ experimental evaluation of tag burden and gill biopsy reveals survival impacts on migrating juvenile sockeye salmonCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  77:1865-1869. 2020
    2020 Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the north-western Adriatic Sea: Spatial distribution and effects of trawlingAquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.  31:635-650. 2020
    2020 Movements of Juvenile Winter Flounder in a Southern Maine EstuaryNortheastern Naturalist.  27:502-519. 2020
    2020 Infectious agents and gene expression differ between sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) smolt age classes but do not predict migration survivalCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  77:484-495. 2020
    2019 Modelling dolphin distribution within an Important Marine Mammal Area in Greece to support spatial management planningAquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.  29:1665-1680. 2019
    2019 The Influence of Smolt Age on Freshwater and Early Marine Behavior and Survival of Migrating Juvenile Sockeye SalmonTransactions of the American Fisheries Society.  148:636-651. 2019
    2019 Quantifying survival of age-2 Chilko Lake sockeye salmon during the first 50 days of migrationCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  76:136-152. 2019
    2018 Migratory coupling between predators and prey.Nature Ecology and Evolution.  2:1846-1853. 2018
    2018 Transcriptome profiles relate to migration fate in hatchery steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) smoltsCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  75:2053-2068. 2018
    2018 Transcriptome patterns and blood physiology associated with homing success of sockeye salmon during their final stage of marine migrationCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  75:1511-1524. 2018
    2018 Whale and dolphin behavioural responses to dead conspecifics.Zoology.  128:1-15. 2018
    2017 Route-specific movements and survival during early marine migration of hatchery steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss smolts in coastal British ColumbiaMarine Ecology - Progress Series.  577:131-147. 2017
    2017 Bull Trout Movements Match the Life History of Sockeye Salmon: Consumers Can Exploit Seasonally Distinct Resource PulsesTransactions of the American Fisheries Society.  146:450-461. 2017
    2016 Does transmitter placement or species affect detection efficiency of tagged animals in biotelemetry research?Fisheries Research.  183:80-85. 2016
    2016 Piscivorous fish exhibit temperature-influenced binge feeding during an annual prey pulse.Journal of Animal Ecology.  85:1307-1317. 2016
    2016 Predator swamping reduces predation risk during nocturnal migration of juvenile salmon in a high-mortality landscape.Journal of Animal Ecology.  85:948-959. 2016
    2016 Tracking wild sockeye salmon smolts to the ocean reveals distinct regions of nocturnal movement and high mortality.Ecological Applications.  26:959-978. 2016
    2016 Dolphins in a Scaled-Down Mediterranean: The Gulf of Corinth's Odontocetes.Advances in Marine Biology.  75:297-331. 2016
    2015 Environmental conditions and physiological state influence estuarine movements of homing sockeye salmonFisheries Oceanography.  24:307-324. 2015
    2015 Extensive feeding on sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka smolts by bull trout Salvelinus confluentus during initial outmigration into a small, unregulated and inland British Columbia river.Journal of Fish Biology.  86:392-401. 2015
    2015 Variability in Migration Routes Influences Early Marine Survival of Juvenile Salmon Smolts.PLoS ONE.  10:e0139269. 2015
    2014 Fish farming and its appeal to common bottlenose dolphins: modelling habitat use in a Mediterranean embaymentAquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.  24:696-711. 2014
    2014 Alterations to dam-spill discharge influence sex-specific activity, behaviour and passage success of migrating adult sockeye salmonEcohydrology.  7:1094-1104. 2014
    2014 Species-specific variation in cuttlebone delta C-13 and delta O-18 for three species of Mediterranean cuttlefishMarine Biology.  161:489-494. 2014
    2014 Coastal marine and in-river migration behaviour of adult sockeye salmon en route to spawning groundsMarine Ecology - Progress Series.  496:71-84. 2014
    2013 Fine-scale movements and habitat use of juvenile southern flounder Paralichthys lethostigma in an estuarine seascape.Journal of Fish Biology.  82:1469-1483. 2013
    2013 Spatial and temporal shifts in suitable habitat of juvenile southern flounder (Paralichthys lethostigma)Netherlands Journal of Sea Research Journal of Sea Research.  76:161-169. 2013
    2012 Distribution and habitat associations of billfish and swordfish larvae across mesoscale features in the Gulf of Mexico.PLoS ONE.  7:e34180. 2012
    2011 The Fish Assemblage Structure of the Saco River EstuaryNortheastern Naturalist.  18:37-44. 2011
    2010 Use of satellite tags to reveal the movements of spiny dogfish Squalus acanthias in the western North Atlantic OceanMarine Ecology - Progress Series.  418:249-254. 2010
    2009 AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in the rock crab, Cancer irroratus: an early indicator of temperature stress.Journal of Experimental Biology.  212:722-730. 2009

    Teaching Activities

  • Sharks and Bony Fishes Taught course 2020
  • Sharks and Bony Fishes Taught course 2020
  • Fisheries Biology Taught course 2020
  • Elasmobranchs and Bony Fishes Taught course 2019
  • Fisheries Biology Taught course 2019
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Marine Biology; Environmental Science, University of New England
  • M.S. Wildlife & Fisheries Science, Texas A & M University
  • Ph.D. Forestry, University of British Columbia
  • Full Name

  • Nathaniel Furey