Abstract. Conservation problems are inherently complex with effective solutions dependent on the ability to integrate and apply diverse concepts, approaches, and tools. Here, I describe how we have used physiology, behaviour, and social science to inform our understanding of issues related to the conservation of wild Pacific salmon. Specifically, I present several case studies involving fisheries interactions (i.e., bycatch discards) to emphasize the benefits of integrating different perspectives to advance mission oriented research. Based on those experiences, I provide a candid assessment of the inherent challenges with bridging the knowledge-action gap.
Biography. Steven J. Cooke is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Cooke has authored more than 500 papers on topics ranging from behavioural endocrinology to knowledge mobilization. He has received a number of awards including the Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Award. Cooke is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Conservation Physiology” and President-Elect of the International Section of the American Fisheries Society. See WWW.FECPL.CA or follow him on Twitter @SJC_Fishy.