Erika Eliason

Intraspecific diversity in temperature tolerance and athletic ability among migrating adult sockeye salmon populations

*** NOTE: I am now an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Please check out my website: erikaeliason.com ***
All animals have an optimum temperature, which in part sets their geographical distribution. My PhD research examined this phenomenon across populations of adult sockeye salmon. The genetically discrete and high fidelity spawning populations of Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada, adult sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) provide an excellent model to examine temperature optima at an intraspecific level because different populations encounter widely different river temperatures (8-22 degree C), hydraulic challenges (2,000-10,000 m^3/s), migration distances (100-1200 km) and elevation (10-1200 m) during their adult river migration. We hypothesized that each sockeye salmon population has locally adapted through natural selection to meet their unique environmental challenges. I examined this hypothesis across many levels of biological organisation: whole animal swimming and cardiorespiratory performance, organ performance, gross organ morphology, ultrastructure and receptors.

Cameron Award

2012
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For Research

Best PhD thesis in Zoology in Canada, Canadian Society of Zoologists

Faculty of Science Graduate Prize - PhD

2012
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For Research

Peter A. Larkin Award

2011
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For Research

Canadian Aquatic Resources Section, American Fisheries Society

NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

2011
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For Research

Best Student Oral Presentation

2010
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For Research

International Congress on the Biology of Fish

Hoar Award

2010
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For Research

Best Student Presentation, Canadian Society of Zoologists Annual General Meeting

UBC Four Year Fellowship for PhD students

2009
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For Research

McLean Fraser Summer Research Scholarship

2009
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For Research

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship

2007
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For Research

Pacific Salmon Forum Grant

2006
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For Research
Effect of hypoxia on specific dynamic action and postprandial cardiovascular physiology in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 171: 44-50
Eliason, E.J., A.P. Farrell
2014
Facing warm temperatures during migration- cardiac mRNA responses of two adult sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka populations to warming and swimming challenges
Journal of Fish Biology 84: 1439-1456
Antilla, K., E.J. Eliason, K.H. Kaukinen, K.M. Miller, A.P. Farrell
2014
Observable impairments predict mortality of captured and released sockeye salmon at various temperatures
Conservation Physiology in press
Gale, M.K., S.G. Hinch, S.J. Cooke, M.R., Donaldson, E.J. Eliason, K.M. Jeffries, E.G. Martins, D.A. Patterson
2014
Oxygen removal from water versus arterial oxygen delivery: calibrating the Fick equation in Pacific salmon
Journal of Comparative Physiology B in press
Farrell, A.P., E.J. Eliason, T.D. Clark, M.F. Steinhausen
2014
Calibrating acoustic acceleration transmitters for estimating energy use by wild adult Pacific salmon
Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry A 164: 491-498
Wilson, S. M., S. G. Hinch, E. J. Eliason, A. P. Farrell, S. J. Cooke
2013
Cardiorespiratory collapse at high temperature in swimming adult sockeye salmon
Conservation Physiology 1: doi:10.1093/conphys/cot008
Eliason, E.J., T.D. Clark, S.G. Hinch, A.P. Farrell
2013
Cardiorespiratory performance and blood chemistry during swimming and recovery in different populations of adult sockeye salmon
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 166: 385-397
Eliason, E.J., T.D. Clark, S.G. Hinch, A.P. Farrell
2013
Low cardiac and aerobic scope in a coastal population of sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka with a short upriver migration
Journal of Fish Biology 82: 2104-2112
Eliason, E.J., S.M. Wilson, A.P. Farrell, S.J. Cooke, S.G. Hinch
2013
Consequences of high temperatures and premature mortality on the transcriptome and blood physiology of wild adult sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)
Ecology and Evolution 2: 1747-1764
Jeffries, K.J., S.G. Hinch, T. Sierocinski, T.D. Clark, E.J. Eliason, M. Donaldson, S. Li, P. Pavlidis, K. Miller
2012
Conservation physiology in practice: How physiological knowledge has improved our ability to sustainably manage Pacific salmon during up-river migration
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 367: 1757-1769
Cooke, S.J., S.G. Hinch, M.R. Donaldson, T.D. Clark, E.J. Eliason, G.T. Crossin, G.D. Raby, K.M. Jeffries, M. Lapointe, K. Miller, D.A. Patterson, A.P. Farrell
2012