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Scott Hinch

Director, Natural Resources Conservation Program

Forest Sciences Centre 3041
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-822-9377

Areas of research include:

  • Salmon migration behavioural physiology and ecology;
  • Land-use effects on fish ecology and habitat
  • Adult salmon migration survival, behaviour, energetics, physiology, habitat use, environmental cues, effects of fisheries and capture-release, passage in regulated rivers, disease and pathogens


2020 – Royal Society of Canada, Elected as Fellow

2019 – American Fisheries Society, Award of Excellence, for original and outstanding contributions to fisheries and aquatic biology. It is the Society’s highest award for scientific achievement. 

2018 – Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

2017 – Brockhouse Canada Prize (runner-up), for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. This prize recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who have combined their expertise to produce achievements of outstanding international significance in the natural sciences and engineering

2015 – American Fisheries Society, Fellow of the Society, for making outstanding or meritorious contributions to leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/or conservation, and outreach or interaction with the public.

2014 – Certificate of Achievement from the Washington-British Columbia chapter of the American Fisheries Society in recognition of significant professional achievement.

2011 – American Fisheries Society Excellence in Fisheries Education Award in recognition of continuous dedication to the teaching profession and personal contributions to the education of fisheries professionals.

2007 – Best Paper in the 2006 issues of the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. The American Fisheries Society is the largest (~ 10,000 members) and oldest scholarly society for the study of fish and fisheries. (Rand, P.S., S.G. Hinch, and 7 others. 2006. Effects of changes to river discharge, temperature, and future climates on energetics and mortality of adult migrating Fraser River sockeye salmon. Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc. 135:655-667)

2005– American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence to a group of four UBC researchers led by Dr. Scott Hinch (Dept. Forest Sciences and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), also including Dr. Tony Farrell (Dept. Zoology and Centre for Environment and Aquaculture), Dr. Mike Healey (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), and Dr. Steve Cooke (Centre for Applied Conservation Research). Award given “in recognition of their inspirational leadership and outstanding contributions to the fields of fisheries science, education and aquatic biology, and to the American Fisheries Society and the Fisheries Management Section”.

1999-2000 –  Killam Teaching Prize in Faculty of Forestry, University of B.C.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Cooke, S.J., G.D. Raby, N.N. Bett, A.K. Teffer, N.J. Burnett, K.M. Jeffries, E.J. Eliason, E.G. Martins, K.M. Miller, D.A. Patterson, V.M. Nguyen, N. Young, A.P. Farrell and S.G. Hinch. (2021). On conducting management-relevant mechanistic science for upriver migrating adult Pacific salmon. Pages 35-55 in Madliger, C.L., C.E. Franklin, O.P. Love and S.J. Cooke, Editors. Conservation Physiology: Applications for wildlife conservation and management. Oxford University Press, UK.
Cooke, S.J., V.M. Nguyen, J.M. Chapman, A.J. Reid, S.J. Landsman, N. Young, S.G. Hinch, S. Schott, N. Mandrak and C.A.D. Semeniuk. (2021). Knowledge co-production: A pathway to effective fisheries management, conservation, and governance Fisheries. 46:89-97.
Rechisky, E.L., A.D. Porter, S. D. Johnston, C. F. Stephenson, S. G. Hinch, B.P.V. Hunt, D.W. Welch. (2021). Exposure of juvenile Fraser River sockeye salmon to Atlantic salmon farms in British Columbia, Canada. North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Finn, R., L. Chalifour, S.E. Gergel, S.G. Hinch, D.C. Scott and T.G. Martin. (2021). Quantifying lost and inaccessible habitat for Pacific salmon in Canada’s Lower Fraser River. Ecosphere
Hinch, S.G., N.N. Bett, E.J. Eliason, A.P. Farrell, S.J. Cooke, and D.A. Patterson. (2021). Exceptionally high mortality of migrating female salmon: a large-scale emerging trend and a conservation concern Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Furey, N.B, A.L. Bass, K.M. Miller, S. Li, A.G. Lotto, S.J. Healy, S.M. Drenner, and S.G. Hinch. (2021). Infected juvenile salmon experience increased predation risk during freshwater migration Royal Society Open Science 8: 201522.
Kraskura, K., E.A. Hardison, A.G. Little, T. Dressler, T.S. Prystay, B. Hendriks, A.P. Farrell, S.J. Cooke, D.A. Patterson, S.G. Hinch and E.J. Eliason. (2021). Sex-specific differences in swimming, aerobic metabolism, and recovery from exercise in adult coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) across ecologically relevant temperatures. Conservation Physiology Volume 9
Furey, N.B., E. Martins, S.G. Hinch. (2021). Migratory salmon smolts exhibit consistent interannual depensatory predator swamping: effects on telemetry-based survival estimates Ecology of Freshwater Fish 30:18–30.
Dick, M., D.A. Patterson, K.A. Robinson, E.J. Eliason, S.G. Hinch, and S.J. Cooke. (2020). Adult sockeye salmon gastrically-tagged near spawning grounds exhibit lower survival rates throughout the spawning period than externally-tagged conspecifics. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 40 (4): 939-951
Grant, S.C.H, J.R. Irvine, T. Beacham, C. Freshwater, C. Holt, S.G. Hinch, A.M. Huang, B. Hunt, J. Pendray, J. Reynolds, and L.A. Vélez-Espino. (2020). Canadian bibliography of recent publications linked to the 2016–2020 NPAFC Science Plan. NPAFC Doc. 1910. 19 pp.
Kussin, N. K., and Hinch, S. G. (2020). Fraser River Transition Area Log Storage Project 2019. Annual Report to the Environmental Stewardship Department, Musqueam Indian Band, August 2020 40 pgs
Little, A.G., Hardison, E., Kraskura, K., Dressler, T., Prystay, T.S., Hendriks, B. , Pruitt, J.N., Farrell, A.P., Cooke, S.J., Patterson, D.A., Hinch, S.G., and Eliason, E.J. (2020). Reduced lactate dehydrogenase activity in the heart and suppressed sex hormone levels are associated with female-biased mortality during thermal stress in Pacific salmon. Journal of Experimental Biology 223 (14), jeb214841
Reid A, Eckert L, Young N, Lane J, Hinch S.G., Darimont C, Cooke S, Ban N, Marshall A. (2020). “Two-Eyed Seeing”: An Indigenous framework to transform fisheries research and management. Fish and Fisheries. 22:243-261
Bass, A.L., Stevenson, C.F., Porter, A.D., Rechisky, E.L., Furey, N.B., Healy, S.J., Kanigan, A.K., Lotto, A.G., Welch, D.W., Hinch, S.G. (2020). In situ experimental evaluation of tag burden and gill biopsy reveals survival impacts on migrating juvenile sockeye salmon Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77: 1865–1869
Eliason, E.J., M. Dick, D.A. Patterson, K.A. Robinson, J. Lotto, S.G. Hinch, S.J. Cooke. (2020). Sex-specific differences in physiological recovery and short-term behaviour following fisheries capture in adult sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77: 1749–1757
Kehoe, L.J., J. Lund, L. Chalifour, Y. Asadian, E. Balke, S. Boyd, D. Carlson, J. M. Casey, B. Connors, N. Cryer, M. C. Drever, S.G. Hinch, C. Levings, M. MacDuffee, H. McGregor, J. Richardson, D.C. Scott, D. Stewart, R. G. Vennesland, C. E. Wilkinson, P. Zevit, J. K. Baum, T. G. Martin. (2020). Conservation in heavily urbanized biodiverse regions requires urgent management action and attention to governance Conservation Science and Practice
Irvine, J.R., T. Beacham, C. Freshwater, S.C.H. Grant, S.G. Hinch, C. Holt, B. Hunt, B. Johnson, M. MacDuffee, V. Minke-Martin, J. Pendray, and J. Reynolds. (2020). Update on Canadian Research Relevant to the 2016–2020 North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission Science Plan. NPAFC Doc. 1912. 14 pp.
McLean MF, Litvak MK, Stoddard EM, Cooke SJ, Patterson DA, Hinch SG, Welch DW, Crossin GT (2020). Linking environmental factors with reflex action mortality predictors, physiological stress, and acoustic telemetry to evaluate the response of white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanu) to catch and release angling. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 240:110618.
Bett, N.B., S.G. Hinch, A.L. Bass, D.C. Braun, N.J. Burnett, M.T. Casselman, S.J. Cooke, S.M. Drenner, A. Gelchu, W.L. Harrower, R. Ledoux, A.G. Lotto, C.T. Middleton, V. Minke-Martin, D.A. Patterson, W. Zhang, D.Z. Zhu. (2020). Using an Integrative Research Approach to Improve Fish Migrations in Regulated Rivers: A Case Study on Pacific Salmon in the Fraser River, Canada. Hydrobiologia
Harrower, B., N.N. Bett, and S.G. Hinch (2020). BRGMON-14 Effectiveness of Cayoosh flow dilution, dam operation, and fishway passage on delay and survival of upstream migration of salmon in the Seton-Anderson watershed. Final Project Report Report prepared for St’át’imc Government Services and BC Hydro. The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 154 p. + 2 Apps
Stevenson, C.F., A.L. Bass, N.B. Furey, K.M. Miller, S. Li, E.L. Rechisky, A.D. Porter, D.W. Welch, and S.G. Hinch. (2020). Infectious agents and gene expression differ between sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) smolt age groups but do not predict migration survival determined by telemetry. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 77(3): 484-495.
Young, N, S.J. Cooke, S. G. Hinch, C. DiGiovanni, M. Corriveau, S. Fortin, V.M. Nguyen, and A.M. Solås. (2020). “Consulted to death”: personal stress as a major barrier to environmental co-management. Journal of Environmental Management 254, 109820
Prystay, T.P, de Bruijn, R., Peiman, K.S., Hinch, S.G., Patterson, D.A., Farrell, A.P., Eliason, E.J., and Cooke, S.J. (2020). Cardiac performance of free-swimming wild sockeye salmon during the reproductive period. Integrative Organismal Biology 2 (1) obz031
Little, A.G, Dressler, T, Kraskura, K, Hardison, E., Hendriks B., Prystay, T. Farrell, A.P., Cooke, S.J., Patterson, D.A., Hinch, S.G., and Eliason, E.J. (2020). Maxed out: Optimizing accuracy, precision and power for field measures of maximum metabolic rate in fishes. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 93(3):243–254.