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Nolan Bett


3605-2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-822-4987

Research Areas:

My research background is in animal behaviour, ecology and conservation. I have focused on sensory perception in Pacific salmon, and how environmental stressors such as dams and fisheries can affect sensory-mediated behaviours. I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and I have studied how students’ learning environments can influence their understanding of science and the scientific process. I have taught on a range of topics relating to biology and ecology, as well as the role of science in society. In my teaching, I aim to incorporate experiential learning and evidence-based teaching practices to facilitate student learning.

Selected Publications

Nolan N Bett, Scott G Hinch, Arthur L Bass, Douglas C Braun, Nicholas J Burnett, Matthew T Casselman, Steven J Cooke, S Matthew Drenner, Ahmed Gelchu, William L Harrower, Roxx Ledoux, Andrew G Lotto, Collin T Middleton, Vanessa Minke-Martin, David A Patterson, Wenming Zhang, David Z Zhu (2022). Using an integrative research approach to improve fish migrations in regulated rivers: a case study on Pacific Salmon in the Seton River, Canada Hydrobiologia 849: 385-405
Steven J Cooke, Graham D Raby, Nolan N Bett, Amy K Teffer, Nicholas J Burnett, Kenneth M Jeffries, Erika J Eliason, Eduardo G Martins, Kristina M Miller, David A Patterson, Vivian M Nguyen, Nathan Young, Anthony P Farrell, Scott G Hinch (2021). On conducting management-relevant mechanistic science for upriver migrating adult Pacific salmon Oxford University Press, UK
SG Hinch, NN Bett, EJ Eliason, AP Farrell, SJ Cooke, DA Patterson (2021). Exceptionally high mortality of adult female salmon: a large-scale pattern and a conservation concern Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 78: 639-654
S Matthew Drenner, William L Harrower, Matt T Casselman, Nolan N Bett, Aurthor L Bass, Collin T Middleton, Scott G Hinch (2018). Whole‐river manipulation of olfactory cues affects upstream migration of sockeye salmon Fisheries Management and Ecology 25: 488-500
Arthur Bass, Scott G Hinch, Matthew T Casselman, Nolan N Bett, Nicholas J Burnett, Collin T Middleton, David A Patterson (2018). Visible gill‐net injuries predict migration and spawning failure in adult sockeye salmon Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 147: 1085-1099
NN Bett, SG Hinch, KH Kaukinen, S Li, KM Miller (2018). Olfactory gene expression in migrating adult sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka Journal of Fish Biology 92: 2029-2038
Bett, N.N., S.G. Hinch, and M.T. Casselman (2018). Effects of natal water dilution on the migration of Pacific salmon in a regulated river River Research and Applications. 34:1151–1157
NN Bett, SG Hinch, NJ Burnett, MR Donaldson, SM Naman (2017). Causes and consequences of straying into small populations of Pacific salmon Fisheries 42: 220-230
NJ Burnett, SG Hinch, NN Bett, DC Braun, MT Casselman, SJ Cooke, A Gelchu, S Lingard, CT Middleton, V Minke‐Martin, CFH White (2017). Reducing carryover effects on the migration and spawning success of sockeye salmon through a management experiment of dam flows River Research and Applications 33: 3-15
Nolan N Bett, Scott G Hinch, Andrew H Dittman, Sang-Seon Yun (2016). Evidence of olfactory imprinting at an early life stage in pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) Scientific Reports 6: 36393
Nolan N Bett, Scott G Hinch, Sang-Seon Yun (2016). Behavioural responses of Pacific salmon to chemical disturbance cues during the spawning migration Behavioural Processes 132: 76-84
Nolan N Bett, Scott G Hinch (2016). Olfactory navigation during spawning migrations: a review and introduction of the Hierarchical Navigation Hypothesis Biological Reviews 91: 728-759
Graham D Raby, Timothy D Clark, Anthony P Farrell, David A Patterson, Nolan N Bett, Samantha M Wilson, William G Willmore, Cory D Suski, Scott G Hinch, Steven J Cooke (2015). Facing the river gauntlet: understanding the effects of fisheries capture and water temperature on the physiology of coho salmon PLoS One 10: e0124023
Bett N.N., and S.G. Hinch. (2015). Attraction of migrating adult sockeye salmon to conspecifics in the absence of natal chemical cues Behavioural Ecology 26(4):1180-1187.
Nolan N Bett, Mary E Blair, Eleanor J Sterling (2012). Ecological niche conservatism in doucs (Genus Pygathrix) International Journal of Primatology 33: 972-988
Nolan N Bett (2011). Mother-infant relationships and infant development in captive grey-shanked douc langurs (Pygathrix cinerea) Vietnamese Journal of Primatology 5: 17-28