Dr. Dan Baker

Office: Building 380, Room 206
Phone: 250-753-3245, Ext. 2296
Fax: 250-740-6482
Email: Dan.Baker@viu.ca

  • Fish physiology
  • Aquaculture and conservation
  • Sturgeon biology
  • Early life stages of fish
  • Climate change biology
  • Organismal performance in aquatic environments

Research Interests

In general, I am interested in how we can infer or mediate long term issues associated with rearing or culture conditions in aquatic organisms of conservation or culture importance. More specifically, I have been studying how exposure to thermal challenge (i.e., warmer temperature than normal) may alter the phenotype (or the way an animal functions) later on in life. Animals have an amazing capacity to acclimate to environmental conditions, allowing them to thrive in changing conditions, but when those conditions are encountered during early life stages, those acclimation process which may be temporary later in life, can be permanent. These two possibilities are often referred to as phenotypic (or impermanent) or developmental (permanent) plasticity.  There may be opportunities in many aquatic animals to rear them under conditions which will help them battle anthropogenic climate change driven changes in their environments or in culture scenarios later in life.

Courses

  • FISH 127
  • FISH 133
  • FISH 231

Students

Name:

Institution:

Year

My role

Position:

Kelvin Hua

VIU

2021

Supervisor

REACH awarded research

Lucas Abruzzi

VIU

2020

Supervisor

MITACS research

Lucas Abruzzi

VIU

2020

Supervisor

NSERC USRA

Kelvin Hua

VIU

2020

Supervisor

NSERC USRA

Madison Earhart

University of British Columbia (UBC)

2019-ongoing

Co-supervisor

Ph. D Student, Zoology

Rene Dekleer

VIU

2019

Supervisor

Research Assistant

Chrissy Schellenberg

VIU

2019

Supervisor

Canada Summer Job

Domika Clarke

VIU

2019

Supervisor

Research Assistant

Riley Campen

VIU

2019

Supervisor

Fish husbandry tech

Cassy Twiname

VIU

2018

Supervisor

Research Assistant

Carly Sawatzky

VIU

2018

Supervisor

VIU Work Op student

Braden Judson

VIU

2018

Supervisor

Canada Summer Work Op

Csilla Vasarhelyi

VIU

2018, 2019

Supervisor

NSERC USRA/Res. Asst.

Tyler Sims

VIU

2018

Supervisor

NSERC USRA

Sean Andrew

VIU

2018, 2019

Supervisor

Student Research Assistant (SRC)

Manpreet Kaur

VIU

2108

Supervisor

SRC

Sarah Gourley

VIU

2018

Supervisor

SRC

Erin Fulcher

VIU

2107

Supervisor

SRC

Scott Donaldson

VIU

2017

Supervisor

SRC

Erin Basak Yigit

VIU

2016

Co-Supervisor

MSc student from U of Istanbul

Ciaran Shaughnessey

VIU

2015

 

M. Sc. student from DePaul University

Lenora Turcotte

VIU

2015

Supervisor

Fish 491, acting supervisor

Sam Murchie

VIU

2014

Supervisor

2nd year practicum student

Jun Ho

VIU

2014

 

MSc student from UBC

Emilia Darnell

VIU

2014

Supervisor

2nd year practicum student

Kayla Mohns

VIU

2014

Supervisor

NSERC USRA student

Bruce Keizer

VIU

2014

Supervisor

VIU Work-op student

Chandler Hines

VIU

2014

Supervisor

VIU Work-op student

Sean Mullins

VIU

2014

Supervisor

VIU Work-op student

Raegan Fitch

VIU

2014

Supervisor

VIU Work-op student

Divya D’Souza

University of Auckland (UoA)

2012

 

MSc student

Lica Andrews

UoA

2011

 

undergraduate

Alex Leonard

UoA

2011

 

undergraduate

Katherine Rawson

UoA

2011

 

M. Sc. student

Education

  1. Doctor of Philosophy, Zoology (Ph. D) 2010. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada Supervisor: Dr. Colin Brauner. Thesis: Physiological responses to elevated CO2 in white sturgeon, Acipenser transmontanus.
  2. Master of Science, Biology (MSc) (2004) UNBSJ Saint John, NB, Canada, Supervisor: Dr. Jim Kieffer. Thesis: The physiological and behavioural responses of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon to forced exercise and hypoxia
  3. B. Sc., Animal Biology (1996) University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Grants and other Research Funding

2021: Regional Innitiative Fund (~18000CAD) :

2020: CFI/BCKDF (total value of grant 548,973CAD) PIs: Drs. Spencer Russell (Lead investigator), Tim Green and Dan Baker: "Canada's marine life is in hot water: laboratory for investigating heatwaves and aquatic animal health".
2019: VIU Research Award – Amplify: PI Dr. Baker (2000CAD) Development of a digital tool for estimating Fraser River white sturgeon potential as an alternative aquaculture species
2019: VIU Research Award – Explore: PI Dr. Baker (2000CAD) Thermal plasticity in larval stages if BC fishes
2019: VIU Research Award – Inquiry: PI Dr. Baker (4635CAD) Thermal plasticity in larval stages if BC fishes
2019: VIUFA Travel Award (320CAD): Travel to Victoria for Aquaculture Canada Conference
2018: Regional Initiative Fund: PI Dr. Baker: (20000 CAD): Temperature tolerance and developmental phenotypic plasticity in early life stage salmonids
2018: VIUFA Travel Award: (600CAD) travel to SEB in Florence, Italy, to present on white sturgeon research
2017: NSERC Discovery Grant: Dr. Baker: (23000 CAD/annum for 5 years): Temperature tolerance and developmental phenotypic plasticity in early life stage fish
2017: VIU Research Award: Dr. Baker (5000 CAD) Thermal tolerance of salmonids
2017: VIUFA Travel Award to Dr. Baker: Travel to CSZ 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to present on white sturgeon research
2016: VIU Research Award: PI Dr. Baker (5000 CAD)
2016: VIUFA Travel Award: (720CAD) Travel to ICBF 2016 in San Marcos, Texas, US to present on white sturgeon research
2015: Andy Spencer Bamfield Research Fellowship: (2500 CAD) Dr. Baker awarded to investigate hypercarbia tolerance in Pacific hagfish
2013: Andy Spencer Bamfield Research Fellowship: Dr. Morgan and Dr. Baker (co-PI) awarded to investigate hypercarbia tolerance in Pacific hagfish (3000 CAD)
2012: Travel grant for early-career scientists provided by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant ANT-1041028) to the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) to attend and present my current research to Third Symposium on The Ocean in a High-CO2 World in Monterey, California, US (~3500CAD)
2012: Primary Investigator awarded Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Grant by the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland to fund research examining pHi regulation in zebrafish (~3800CAD)
2012: Associated Investigator of CPMG Grant by the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland to fund metabolome development for larval sea urchins (~3800CAD)
2012: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Section of the Canadian Society of Zoologists Travel Grant to attend and present an abstract at Woodstock 2012 in Italy (500CAD)
2012: Company of Biologists Travel Grant from the Society of Experimental Biologists to attend and present my research at the Annual Main Meeting of the Society of Experimental Biologists in Salzburg, Austria (~400CAD)
2012: Contestable Travel Grant from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland to attend and present my research at the Annual Main Meeting of the Society of Experimental Biologists in Salzburg, Austria (~800CAD)

2011: Primary Investigator awarded performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Grant by the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland to fund a research project on the effects of Ocean Acidification on larval development in the black sea urchin (~4000CAD)
2011: Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PGS) from NSERC to fund ocean acidification effects on larval echinoderms (80000CAD)

Publications