Researcher Profile

Dr. Chris J. Foote

Job Title: Instructor
Employer: Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Malaspina University-College, Nanaimo. BC
Place of Birth: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: Broadview Elementary
High School attended: Nepean High School
Further Education: University of Toronto (B.Sc. - 1977), University of Manitoba (M.Sc. - 1980), University of British Columbia (Ph.D. - 1987).
Geographic focus of research: British Columbia, Yukon Territory, US, Alaska

Brief synopsis of current research:
I am interested in factors leading to prezygotic and postzygotic isolation of fish populations. Specifically, I integrate the fields of population genetics, quantitative genetics, ecology and behaviour to examine the evolution of population structure. My main focus of research is on the relationship between sockeye salmon and kokanee, morphs of Oncorhynchus nerka.


Recent Publications:

Foote, C.J. and G.S. Brown. 1998. The ecological relationship between freshwater sculpins (genus Cottus) and beach spawning sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in Iliamna Lake, Alaska. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 55: 1524-1533.

Foote, C.J., K. Moore, K. Stenburg, K. Craig, J.K. Wenburg and C.C. Wood. 1999. Genetic differentiation in gill-raker number and length in sympatric anadromous and nonanadromous morhs of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Environ. Biol. Fishes. 54: 263-274.

Foote, C.J., G.S. Brown and C.C. Wood. 1997. Spawning success of males using alternative tactics in sockeye salmon, Oncorhynchus nerka. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 54: 1785-1795.

Wood, C.C. and C.J. Foote. 1996. Genetic Differentiation of the sympatric anadromous and non-anadromous morphs of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Evolution 50: 1265-1279.

Taylor, E.B., C.J. Foote and C.C. Wood. 1996. Molecular genetic evidence for parallel life-history evolution within a Pacific salmon (sockeye salmon and kokanee, Oncorhynchus nerka). Evolution 50:401-416.

Canada has a great history in the study of aquatic sciences with a long list of scientists of great insight, passion and integrity that continues to this day. I entered the field through a love of fishes and therein developed a love of science through interactions with the likes of W.B. Scott, E.J. Crossman, C.C. Lindsey, P.A. Larkin, H. Regier, F. Rigler, J.D. McPhail and T.G. Northcote to name but a few.