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Bryce O'Connor


MSc Student

I am a Master’s of Science Student in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (NRES) program studying under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Martins. My research is focused on the thermal ecology and competitive interactions between Arctic grayling (Thymallus arcticus) and bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) in the Parsnip River Watershed. Using acoustic telemetry, mark-recapture, stable isotope analysis and water temperature monitoring we hope to close important information gaps pertinent to grayling and bull trout management. A detailed understanding of thermal habitat use and availability, as well as identification of critical habitats in the watershed will greatly enhance managers’ ability to conserve these two imperiled species. This project is funded by the Peace/Williston Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and is conducted in partnership with fisheries biologists from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.



2018            Fisheries Assistant, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural

                    Development, Smithers BC

2017            Fisheries Technician, Alberta Conservation Association, Rocky Mountain House AB

2016            Fisheries Technician, Alberta Conservation Association, Cochrane AB

2014-2016   Fisheries Technician, Rangeland Conservation Association, Airdrie AB


2017–2018     Post Degree Diploma  Fisheries Sciences and Management, Vancouver Island University

2010–2014     BSc     Geography, Coastal Studies and Geomorphology, University of Victoria

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