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“I first met Steve in the Bahamas when he came down to visit the field lab where I worked. After a week on the flats and countless Kaliks, a group of us hashed out a plan for a multi-year project on bonefish. Steve quickly became a mentor and friend, and we have since spent many hours talking about fish, going fishing, doing science on fish, and taking our kids fishing. Steve not only has an amazing grasp on the science, but also the ability to apply his work – to get it out of the ivory tower and into the rivers, lakes, and oceans where it can do good.
Today, Steve is one of the world’s foremost experts on the science of recreational fisheries. His lab at Carleton University contains a 40’x20’ room called ‘the fishing cage’ which is full of fishing and research gear, including a baitcaster that no one but Steve is allowed to touch. It is an honor to have Steve as the first official Keepemwet Science Ambassador.”
-Sascha Clark Danylchuk
Keepemwet Science Liaison
Dr. Steven Cooke is the Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. He is an integrative biologist, conducting fundamental and applied research on the ecology, physiology, and behavior of wild fish. Much of this work is focused on developing strategies to ensure the sustainability of recreational fisheries. His research covers freshwater and marine systems and spans the globe with active collaborations in over 15 countries. To date, Cooke has over 500 peer reviewed publications on topics such as environmental policy, human dimensions of fisheries, stress biology and natural resources management, among others. He co-authored the UN FAO technical guidelines for sustainable recreational fisheries. Cooke holds leadership positions such as Chair of the Sea Lamprey Research Board of the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission and Chair of the Science Advisory Committee of the Ocean Tracking Network. He is Past President of the Canadian Aquatic Resources Section of the American Fisheries Society and President Elect of the International Section of the American Fisheries Society. He is a Subject Editor for the Journal of Animal Biotelemetry, FACETS, Fisheries Research, Environmental Biology of Fishes, and Endangered Species Research, and is Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press journal “Conservation Physiology”. Cooke has received a number of awards including the Award of Excellence in Fisheries Management from the American Fisheries Society, the Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, an Early Research Award from the Ontario Government and the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship. Cooke was recently selected to be a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. Cooke is an avid angler who enjoys spending his money on fishing gear and his time chasing fish with his kiddos.