Researcher Profile

Dr. John F. Dower

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: University of British Columbia, Dept. Earth & Ocean Sciences
Place of Birth: St. John's, NF, Canada
Public School attended: St. Bonaventure's
High School attended: Brother Rice Regional High School
Further Education: Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.Sc. - Biology), University of Victoria (Ph.D. - Biology), Queen's University (Postdoc - Biology)
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia and Newfoundland

Brief synopsis of current research:
My area of expertise encompasses the ways in which interactions between biology and physics structure marine ecosystems. My PhD research examined the interactions between physics and biology around shallow seamounts. I am currently investigating the role of climate change on the feeding and growth of young salmon in coastal BC. Prior to this I studied the effects of small-scale turbulence on the feeding and growth of larval fish. Other research in my lab ranges from palaeoecology, to bioenergetics, to zooplankton ecology, and research on Marine Protected Areas.


Recent Publications:

Dower, J., Freeland, H. and Juniper, K. (1992) A strong biological response to oceanic flow past Cobb Seamount. Deep-Sea Res. 39:1139-1145.

Dower, J.F. and Mackas, D.L. (1996) "Seamount effects" in the zooplankton community near Cobb Seamount. Deep-Sea Re. 43:837-858.

Dower J.F., Miller T.J. and Leggett, W.C. (1997) The role of microscale turbulence in the feeding ecology of larval fish. Adv. Mar. Biol. 31:169-220.

Dower, J.F., Pepin, P. and Leggett, W.C. (1998) Enhanced gut fullness and apparent shift in size-selectivity by radiated shanny (Ulvaria subbifurcata) larvae in response to increased turbulence. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 55:128-142.

Pepin, P., Dower, J.F. and W.C. Leggett (1998) Changes in the probability density function of larval fish body length following preservation. Fish. Bull. 96:633-640.

Basically, I like being on and around the oceans. A career in oceanography gives me the chance to study both the ocean itself and the organisms that live in it. Because oceanography is a multidisciplinary science, it also allows me to work with biologists, physicists, fisheries scientists, and mathematical modelers.