Researcher Profile

Susan M. Bower

Job Title: Research Scientist
Employer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Place of Birth: Sioux Lookout, Ontario, Canada.
Public School attended: Sacred Heart Catholic School
High School attended: Queen Elizabeth District High School
Further Education: University of Guelph (B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: coast of British Columbia

Brief synopsis of current research:
Dr. Bower conducts research on diseases of shellfish. Most of her research is directed towards investigating the biology of shellfish pathogens in order to identify mechanisms of prevention or control. Dr. Bower also works on designing sensitive and specific diagnostic tests for shellfish pathogens. Efforts are also directed towards the development of Canadian Shellfish Health Protection Regulations. In this endeavour, Dr. Bower has co-authored an Internet web site that presents a synopsis of all known infectious diseases and parasites of commercially exploited shellfish from around the world.

Mailing address:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5K6, Canada
Phone: 250-756-7077; FAX: 250-756-7053

Recent Publications:

Bower, S. M. 1995. Parasitic diseases of shellfish. In: P. T. K. Woo (ed.). Fish Diseases and Disorders. Volume 1. Protozoan and Metazoan Infections. C.A.B. International Wallingford, U.K. pp. 673-728.

Bower, S. M., R. E. Withler, and B. E. Riddell. 1995. Genetic variation in resistance to the hemoflagellate Cryptobia salmositica in coho and sockeye salmon. J. Aquat. Anim. Hlth. 7(3): 185-194.

Bower, S.M., D. Hervio, and G.R. Meyer. 1997. Infectivity of Mikrocytos mackini Farley 1988, the causative agent of Denman Island disease in Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas), to various species of oysters. Dis. Aquat. Org. 29, 111-116.

Bower,S.M., J. Blackbourn, G.R. Meyer. 1998. Distribution, prevalence, and pathogenicity of the protozoan Perkinsus qugwadi in Japanese scallops, Patinopecten yessoensis, cultured in British Columbia, Canada. Can. J. Zool. 76: 954-959.

Bower, S. M., J. Blackbourn, G. R. Meyer and D. W. Welch. 1999. Effect of Perkinsus qugwadi on various species and strains of scallops. Dis. Aquat. Org. 36:143-151.