Matt Gilbert

Ph.D. student

My primary research is focused on environmental physiology in a rapidly changing Arctic.

Early in my time working in the Arctic, I recognized that the August Krough principle in comparative physiology can apply nearly as well to geographical regions as is does to individual species. That is to say, for a given physiological phenomenon there may be a region where it can be most effectively studied based on the environmental challenges specific to that region. Based on this observation and my personal passion for northern science and education, my research interests have organically grown to focus on physiological questions that are effectively addressed in the Arctic. While there is a dire need for Arctic research I also pursue these topics in non-Arctic systems and species when ideal alternatives are apparent.

Growing up in Fort Nelson, BC, a small northern town on the Alaska Highway, meant that spending time outdoors was always just part of dayto day life. Whether that was walking or cross-country skiing to school through the forest, hiking, playing hockey on my backyard rink or fishing with my grandparents. As such, biology and specifically ecology and animal physiology were natural interests of mine when I began my undergrad at the University of Alberta. These interests led me to pursue an MSc with Dr. Keith Tierney, which began my ongoing foray into Arctic research. During my master's, I studied the interplay between the migratory ecology and exercise physiology of Arctic Char in a warming north. After completing my MSc, moving to Vancouver to complete a PhD with Dr. Tony Farrell in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia was a natural transition. Early in my master's program a mentor and collaborator, Dr Jean-Sébastien Moore and I began developing ideas for Arctic char research around Tony's work on local adaptation and temperature tolerance in Pacific salmon. I am currently in the 4th year of my PhD program and plan to continue my research in the north when I'm done. Check out my Research Interests page for more info on my ideas for future research.

NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral

2015
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For Research