Daniel Selbie

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Head, Lakes Research Program

I am a limnologist and paleolimnologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Science Branch, located at the Cultus Lake Salmon Research Laboratory. Our research team's monitoring and research principally focuses on the trophic ecology of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) in their nursery lake ecosystems, and the identification and understanding of anthropogenic stressors and natural endogenous and exogenous forcing mechanisms responsible for stock production variability and nursery ecosystem dynamics.

Current research and/or projects

My current research interests include:

  1. Regulatory mechanisms of productive capacity in sockeye salmon nursery ecosystems;
  2. Impacts and interactions of climate change on Pacific salmon and nursery habitat;
  3. Exogenous forcing mechanisms responsible for long-term Pacific salmon production dynamics and ecosystem interactions;
  4. Ecology and persistence of species at risk.

Research and/or project statements

My research program integrates monitoring, targeted ecosystem experiments and studies, long-term ecological research and paleoecology to achieve research goals.

Professional activities / interests

Professor at:

  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • Queen's University
  • University of British Columbia

Education and awards

Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McGill University, 2008

Ph.D. Biology, Queen's University, 2008

B.Sc. (Honours) Environmental Biology, Queen's University, 2000

Key publications

  1. Petticrew, E.L., Albers, S., Baldwin, S., Carmack, E.C., Dery, S.J., Gantner, N., Graves, K., Laval, B., Morrison, J., Owens, P.N., Selbie, D.T., and S. Vagle. 2015.  The impact of a catastrophic mine tailings impoundment spill into one of North America’s largest fjord lakes: Quesnel Lake, British Columbia, Canada.  Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1002/2015GL063345

  2. Rogers, L.A., Schindler, D.E., Lisi, P.J., Holtgrieve, G.W., Leavitt, P.R., Bunting, L., Finney, B.P., Selbie, D.T, Chen, G., Gregory-Eaves, I., Lisac, M.J., and P.B. Walsh.  2013. Centennial-scale fluctuations and regional complexity characterize Pacific salmon population dynamics over the last five centuries.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 110: 1750-1755.

  3. Holtgrieve, G.W., Schindler, D.E., Hobbs, W.O., Leavitt, P.R., Ward, E.J., Bunting, L., Chen, G., Finney, B.P., Gregory-Eaves, I., Holmgren, S., Lisac, M.J., Lisi, P.J., Nydick, K., Rogers, L.A., Saros, J.E., Selbie, D.T., Shapley, M.D., Walsh, P.B., and A.P. Wolfe. 2011. A coherent signature of anthropogenic nitrogen deposition to remote watersheds of the Northern Hemisphere. Science. 344: 1545-1548.

  4. Selbie, D.T., Sweetman, J.N., Etherton, P., Hyatt, K.D., Rankin, D.P., Finney, B.P., and J.P. Smol. (2011). Climate change modulates structural and functional lake ecosystem responses to introduced anadromous salmon. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 68: 675-692.
  5. Chen, G.J., Selbie, D.T., Finney, B.P., Schindler, D.E., Bunting, L., Leavitt, P.R., and I. Gregory-Eaves. (2011) Long-term zooplankton responses to subsidies of nutrients and consumers to coastal lakes arising from migratory sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Oikos. 120: 1317-1326.
  6. Chen, G., Saulnier-Talbot, E., Selbie, D.T., Brown, E., Schindler, D.E., Bunting, L., Leavitt, P.R., Finney, B.P., and I. Gregory-Eaves. (2011) Salmon-derived nutrients drive diatom beta-diversity patterns. Freshwater Biology. 56: 292-301.
  7. Selbie, D.T., Finney, B.P. Barto, D., Bunting, L., Chen, G., Leavitt, P.R., MacIsaac, E.A., Schindler, D.E., Shapley, M.D., and I. Gregory-Eaves. 2009. Ecological, landscape, and climatic regulation of sedimentary geochemistry in North American sockeye salmon nursery lakes: Insights for paleoecological salmon investigations. Limnology and Oceanography. 54(5): 1733-1745.
  8. Gregory-Eaves, I., Selbie, D.T., Sweetman, J.N., Finney, B.P., and J.P. Smol. 2009. Tracking sockeye salmon population dynamics from lake sediment cores: a review and synthesis. American Fisheries Society Symposium Series. 69: 379-393 .
  9. Selbie, D.T., Lewis, B., Smol, J.P., and B.P. Finney. 2007. Long-term population dynamics of the endangered Snake River sockeye salmon: evidence of past influences on stock decline and impediments to recovery. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 136: 800-821.
  10. Clerk, S., Selbie, D.T., and J.P. Smol. 2004. Cage aquaculture and water-quality changes in the LaCloche Channel, Lake Huron, Canada: a paleolimnological assessment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 61: 1691-1701.
  11. Holtham, A., Gregory-Eaves, I. Pellatt, M., Selbie, D.T., Stewart, L. and J. P. Smol. 2004. The influence of flushing rates, terrestrial input and low escapement densities on paleolimnological reconstructions of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) nutrient dynamics in Alaska and British Columbia. Journal of Paleolimnology. 32: 255-271.