sealbackResearcher Profile

Jason F. Schreer

Job Title: Assistant Professor
Employer: Department of Biology, University of Waterloo
Place of Birth: Albany, New York, USA
High School attended: Niskayuna High School, Schenectady, New York
Further Education: State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York (B.Sc. - 1991), University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbankds, Alaska (M.Sc. - 1994), University of Waterloo (Ph.D. - 1997).
Geographic focus of research: Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Newfoundland, Antarctica, USA

Brief synopsis of current research:
Ecology of aquatic mammals, birds, and fish through integrative studies of behaviour and physiology. Studies on aquatic mammals and birds include classification and functional analysis of diving patterns, ontogeny and phylogeny of diving ecology, and allometrical relationships. Studies on fish focus on the effects of physical and chemical stressors. Ecologically based work includes behavioural (locational telemetry) and physiological (cardiac function and electromyogram activity) responses to angling, electrofishing, temperature, thermal discharge, pulp and paper effluent, and chlorine. More traditional behavioural studies include spawning and parental care behaviour, activity patterns, and intra- and interspecific interactions.

Mailing address:
Department of Biology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, N2L 3G1
Phone: (519)888-4567 ext. 6530; Fax: (519)746-0614



Recent Publications:

Schreer, J.F., Kovacs, K.M., and O'Hara Hines, R.J. In press. Comparative diving patterns of pinnipeds and seabirds. Ecological Monographs.

Schreer, J.F., O'Hara Hines, R.J., and Kovacs, K.M. 1998. Classification of dive profiles: a comparison of statistical clustering techniques and unsupervised artificial neural networks. The Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics. 3(4): 383-404.

Burns, J.M., Schreer, J.F., and Castellini, M.A. 1997. Physiological effects on individual dive patterns and foraging strategies in yearling Weddell seals. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 75: 1796-1810.

Schreer, J.F., and Kovacs, K.M. 1997. Allometry of diving capacity in air-breathing vertebrates. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 75: 339-358.

Schreer, J.F., and Testa, J.W. 1996. Classification of Weddell seal diving behavior. Marine Mammal Science. 12(2): 227-250.