Paul Bzonek

Ph.D., M.Sc.

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I am a behavioural ecologist who broadly works on issues in aquatic conservation biology. I am currently an Assistant Fisheries Biologist with the Pacific Salmon Commission and recently completed my doctorate with the Mandrak Lab at the University of Toronto.

My research interests are centred around the movement and behaviour of invasive fish. I often collaborate with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Asian Carp Program to evaluate potential non-physical fish-deterrent technologies (think sounds, lights, carbon dioxide). This work pertains to invasive Asian Carps and their potential dispersal into the Laurentian Great Lakes, as well as Common Carp, and their ongoing management both in the Great Lakes and elsewhere.

I greatly enjoy the multidisciplinary aspect of my research. My work regularly involves conducting behavioural or physiological assays in the laboratory, working with acoustic telemetry projects in the field, and working with datasets in R.

Fish identification for Ontario Bioblitz, 2017

Manually tracking Common Carp via acoustic telemetry, Groenvlei, South Africa