Researcher Profile

Ken Drinkwater

Job Title: Research Scientist
Employer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Place of Birth: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Public School attended: Albert Street School, Fredericton, N.B., Connaught Street School, Fredericton, N.B., Vincent Massey Junior High, Calgary, Alberta
High School attended: Ernest C. Manning High School, Calgary, Alberta
Further Education: University of Calgary (B.Sc. - Hons. Physics), University of British Columbia (M.Sc. - Physics/Oceanography), Dalhousie University (Ph.D. - Oceanography)
Geographic focus of research: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland/Labrador, Quebec, North Atlantic Ocean

Brief synopsis of current research:
My present research focusses upon climate variability and the its effects on fish stocks. This includes descriptions of the ocean climate (temperature and salinity, density, currents, mixing, stratification, etc.) and the mechanisms that control their variations. Also, I am researching the linkages between these environmental fluctuations and the changes to various fish and shellfish species. The latter includes distributional shifts, differences in growth patterns, changes in reproduction and affects on survival of both young and adult fish.

Mailing address:
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Box 1006, Dartmouth, N.S., B2Y 4A2

Recent Publications:

Drinkwater, K.F. 1996. Atmospheric and oceanographic variability in the Northwest Atlantic during the 1980s and early 1990s. J. Northw. Atl. Fish. Sci. 18: 77-97.

Drinkwater, K.F., G.C. Harding, K.H. Mann and N. Tanner. 1996. An investigation of temperature as a possible factor in the increased abundance of American lobster, Homarus americanus, during the 1980s and early 1990s. Fish. Oceanogr. 5: 176-193.

Drinkwater, K.F. and D.B. Mountain. 1997. Climate and Oceanography. p. 3-25, In J.G. Boreman, B.S. Nakashima, J.A. Wilson, and R.L. Kendell [eds.], Northwest Atlantic Groundfish: Perspectives on a Fishery Collapse. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Drinkwater, K.F. 1999. Changes in ocean climate and its general effect on fisheries: examples from the North-west Atlantic. p. 116-136. In D. Mills [ed.], The Ocean Life of Atlantic Salmon-Environmental and Biological Factors Influencing Survival, Fishing News Books, Oxford, U.K.

Drinkwater, K.F., S. Lochman, C. Taggart, K. Thompson and K. Frank. 2000. Entrainment of redfish (Sebastes sp.) larvae off the Scotian Shelf. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 56: (in press)