Thomas C. Pratt, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Conduct research in Fisheries Ecology, Fish Passage, and Conservation of Imperiled Fishes

Current research and/or projects

Current research projects include: 1) Implementing downstream passage research for American eel through Eel Passage Research Center; 2) Assessing American eel conservation stocking experiment in Lake Ontario; 3) Conducting lakewide lake sturgeon assessment on Lake Superior; 4) Developing walleye movement study in Black Bay; and 5) Implementing an eastern Lake Superior lake sturgeon acoustic movement study

Research and/or project statements

  • Assessment of American eel conservation stocking as a recovery tool for American eel
  • Determination of American eel guidance technologies to mitigate downstream turbine mortality
  • Assessment of Lake Sturgeon populations and critical habitat for species-at-risk
  • Determination of Walleye spawning habitat in Black Bay in support of Sea Lamprey Control program

Professional activities / interests

  • Public engagement
  • Willing to mentor

Education and awards

B.Sc. Zoology, University of Manitoba, 1994

M.Sc. Watershed Science Center, Trent University, 1998

Ph.D. Watershed Science Center, Trent University, 2001

Key publications

Turgeon, J., Reid, S.M., Bourret, A., Pratt, T.C., Reist, J.D., Muir, A.M., Howland, K.L., 2016. Morphological and genetic variation in Cisco (Coregonus artedi) and Shortjaw Cisco (C. zenithicus): multiple origins of Shortjaw Cisco in inland lakes require a lake specific conservation approach. Conservation Genetics 17: 45-56.

Stacey, J.A., Pratt, T.C., Verreault, G., Fox, M.G. 2015. A caution for conservation stocking as an approach for recovering Atlantic eels. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 25: 569-580.

Côté, C.L., Pavey, S.A., Stacey, J.A., Pratt, T.C., Castonguay, M., Audet, C., Bernatchez, L., 2015. Growth, female size, and sex ratio variability in American eel of different origins in both controlled conditions and the wild: implications for stocking programs. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144: 246–257.

Pratt, T.C., Gardner, W.M., Pearce, J., Greenwood, S., and Chong, S.C. 2014. Identification of a robust Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens Rafinesque, 1917) population in Goulais Bay, Lake Superior. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 30: 1328-1334.

McLaughlin , R.L. , Smyth , E.R.B. , Castro-Santos , T. , Jones, M.L., Koops, M.A., Pratt, T.C., Velez-Espino, L.-A. .2012. Unintended consequences and trade-offs of fish passage. Fish and Fisheries 14:580-604.