Researcher Profile

John T. Anderson

Job Title: Research Scientist
Employer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Riverside Public School, London, Ontario
High School attended: Oakridge Highschool, London, Ontario and Applewood Heights Highschool, Mississauga, Ontario.
Further Education: University of Guelph (B.Sc. 1973), University of Guelph (M.Sc. 1978), University of British Columbia (Ph.D. 1992).
Geographic focus of research: Newfoundland and Labrador: Northeast Newfoundland Shelf, Grand Banks, Flemish Cap. Also, Norway and Iceland.

Brief synopsis of current research:
Early life history of fishes, focusing on survival in Atlantic cod and capelin prior to the age of recruitment to the fishery. Examining long-term trends in "recruitment" in relation to ocean climate.

Juvenile cod seabed habitats after cod have settled to the bottom during their first year of life. Emphasis on acoustic techniques to define and map habitats and to locate and count fish.

Mailing address:
Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, P.O. Box 5667, St. John's, NF, A1C 5X1

Recent Publications:

Anderson, J. T., and E. L. Dalley. 1999. Interannual differences in spawning time and growth rates of pelagic juvenile cod in Newfoundland waters. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Fish Otolith Research and Application. Bergen, Norway, 20-25 June 1998. (In Press)

Anderson, J. T., and R. S. Gregory. 1999. Factors regulating survival of northern cod (NAFO 2J3KL) during their first three years of life. ICES mar. Sci. Symp. 56: 000-000.

Lawson, J. W., J. T. Anderson, E. L. Dalley, and G. B. Stenson. 1998. Selective foraging by harp seals Phoca groenlandica in nearshore and offshore waters of Newfoundland, 1993 and 1994. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 163: 1-10.

Gregory, R. S., and J. T. Anderson. 1997. Substrate selection and use of protective cover by juvenile Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) in inshore waters of Newfoundland. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 146: 9-20.

Anderson, J. T., and E. L. Dalley. 1997. Spawning and year-class strength of northern cod (Gadus morhua) as measured by pelagic juvenile cod surveys, 1991-1994. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. Spec. Publ. 54 (Suppl. 1): 158-167.

Federal government science has been severely reduced after 5 plus years of downsizing. Overall, positions and financial resources have been reduced 40%. Currently, fisheries science is poorly funded in Canada and has little direction. While we appear to have stopped cutting federal DFO positions, we are having trouble staffing scientific positions with top science graduates, apparently because of the sorry state of funding, a demoralized workforce and the lack of any clearly stated policy on the future of government science.