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Devon Smith


MSc Student

I am a MSc graduate student at UNBC. Fisheries have always been a passion of mine while growing up in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. That passion has guided me through my post-secondary academic life toward my goal of becoming a fisheries scientist. As part of my graduate degree and work with the Freshwater Fish Ecology Laboratory under Dr. Eduardo Martins, I will study the movement and habitat use of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in the Columbia River system. My research is being done in conjunction with BC Hydro and is partly funded by Mitacs. I will use spatial capture-recapture modelling integrated with field-based capture-recapture data on a decade-long acoustic telemetry dataset to understand long-term white sturgeon movement and habitat use. This project will be primarily analytical, using R statistical software to analyze my datasets. During my studies, I will work with white sturgeon taking biological measurements as part of BC Hydro’s ongoing stock assessment and egg collections programs. My graduate studies at the FFEL have allowed me to grow as a scientist and develop a valuable skillset to remain competitive in the fisheries field. I aim to apply the knowledge I obtain here at UNBC in future employment opportunities working in the fisheries sciences field.  

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2021-2022    Freshwater Fish Ecology Laboratory, Field Technician
2019-2020    Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Junior Fish Culture Technician
2018             Morrow Bioscience, Field Technician
2016             Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Stock Assessment Technician


2019-2022    BSc in Wildlife and Fisheries (Honours), University of Northern British Columbia, BC

2017-2019    Diploma in Recreation Fish and Wildlife, Selkirk College, BC

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