Eric Hertz

Degrees: BSc and PhD, University of Victoria.

Current Position: Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow


Twitter: @eric_hertz

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University with Dr. John Reynolds, Dr. Brendan Connors, and Dr. Martin Krkosek. My postdoctoral research examines the population dynamics and conservation status of salmon populations on the Central Coast of British Columbia.

Pacific salmon have a key ecological, economic and cultural role throughout their range. However, the factors driving spatial and temporal variation in the productivity of salmon populations are poorly understood. Understanding these patterns in productivity is important for coastal First Nations, who in recent years have taken on an increased role of the management of salmon in their traditional territories. My research is being done in collaboration with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, Simon Fraser University, the University of Toronto, the , and Fisheries and Oceans Canada.  I am synthesizing salmon population data from the Central Coast of BC to quantify patterns, identify information gaps, and confront key hypotheses to inform conservation and management. This research is an extension of some of my previous research in that I am interested in understanding the drivers of variation in salmon population productivity at multiple scales.


Hertz, E., Trudel, M., Tucker, S., Beacham, T.D., Mazumder, A. In revision. Overwinter shifts in the feeding ecology of juvenile Chinook Salmon. ICES Journal of Marine Science.

Osgood, G.J., Kennedy, L.A., Holden, J.J., Hertz, E., McKinnell, S., Juanes. F. In revision. Historical drivers of Pacific salmon (Oncorhychus spp.), Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasii), and Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) diets in British Columbia. Marine and Coastal Fisheries.

Hertz, E., Trudel, M., Tucker, S., Beacham, T.D., Parken, C., Mackas, D., Mazumder, A. In press. Influences of ocean conditions and feeding ecology on the survival of juvenile Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Fisheries Oceanography.

Hertz, E., Trudel, M., El-Sabaawi, R., Tucker, S., Dower, J.F. Beacham, T.D., Edwards, A.M., Mazumder, A. 2016. Hitting the moving target: modelling ontogenetic shifts with stable isotopes reveals the importance of isotopic turnover. Journal of Animal Ecology. 85(3): 681-691.

Hertz, E., Trudel, M., Cox, M.K., Mazumder, A. 2015. Effects of fasting and nutritional restriction on the isotopic ratios of nitrogen and carbon: a meta-analysis. Ecology and Evolution. 5(21): 4829-4839. 

Hertz, E., Trudel, M., Brodeur, R.D., Daly, E.A., Eisner, L., Farley Jr, E.V., Harding, J.A., MacFarlane, R. B., Mazumder, S., Moss, J.H., Murphy, J.M., Mazumder, A. 2015. Continental-scale variability in the feeding ecology of juvenile Chinook Salmon along the coastal Northeast Pacific Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 537: 247-263. 

Hertz, E., Robinson J.P.W., Trudel, M., Mazumder, A., Baum, J.K. 2014. Estimation of predator-prey mass ratios using stable isotopes: sources of errors. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 516: 1-6.


Awards and Honours

Bob Wright Graduate Scholarship ($12 500)

Commander Peter Chance MASC Graduate Fellowship ($7899)

King-Platt Memorial Award ($3000)

UVic Graduate Award ($1750)

Alice M. Hay Scholarship ($600)


Conference Presentations

American Fisheries Society, Portland, OR, 2015. Oceanographic influences on the feeding ecology of juvenile Chinook Salmon.

 Salmon Ocean Ecology Meeting, Victoria, BC. 2015. Effects of starvation on the isotopic ratios of nitrogen and carbon: an experiment on juvenile Chinook Salmon and meta-analysis.