Michael Price


PhD candidate (NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS award recipient)



BSc. (Hons) University of Victoria

MSc. University of Victoria


My goal is to enhance our understanding of evolutionary processes and anthropogenic influences on natural populations.  As a case study, I am using Pacific salmon to understand how abundance relates to genetic diversity, resilience of populations, and nutrient contributions to future generations.

My research is focused on the resilience of salmon to anthropogenic perturbations: whether such resiliency has been compromised by ocean fisheries over the last century, and is further threatened by climate change. To do so, I am comparing ancient (1918-1923) sockeye scale samples from Skeena, Nass, and Rivers Inlet fisheries in British Columbia with sockeye scales collected today. Recent advances in molecular genetic analysis have enabled the identification of individual populations in ancient scales, which effectively opens the door to a large suite of interesting questions to examine changes over 100 years.


Price, M.H.H., Rosenberger, A.G.J., Taylor, G.G, and Stanford, J.A. 2014. Comment: Population structure and run timing of sockeye salmon in the Skeena River, British Columbia. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34: 1167-1170.

Price, M.H.H., and Connors, B.M. 2014. Evaluating relationships between wild Skeena River sockeye salmon and the abundance of spawning channel enhanced sockeye smolts. PLOS One 9: e95718.

Price, M.H.H., Morton, A., Eriksson, J.G., and Volpe, J.P. 2013. Fish processing facilities: new challenge to marine biosecurity in Canada. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 25: 290-294.

Price, M.H.H., Glickman, B., and Reynolds, J.D. 2013. Prey selectivity of Fraser River sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka, during their early marine migration in British Columbia. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 1126-1133.

Price, M.H.H., Gayeski, N., and Stanford, J.A. 2013. Abundance of Skeena River chum salmon Oncorhynchus keta, during the early rise of commercial fishing. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 989-1004.

Price, M.H.H., and Reynolds, J.D. 2012. Salmon farms as a source of sea lice on juvenile wild salmon; reply to the comment by Jones and Beamish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69: 204-207.

Price, M.H.H., Proboszcz, S., Routledge, R.D., Gottesfeld, A.S., Orr, C., and Reynolds, J.D.  2011. Sea louse infection of juvenile sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) during migration past marine salmon farms on Canada’s west coast. PLOS One 6: e16851.

Darimont, C.T., Bryan, H.M., Carlson, S.M., Hocking, M.D., MacDuffee, M., Paquet, P.C., Price, M.H.H., Reimchen, T.E., Reynolds, J.D., and Wilmers, C.C. 2010. Salmon for terrestrial protected areas. Conservation Letters 3: 379-389.

Price, M.H.H., Morton, A., and Reynolds, J.D. 2010. Evidence of farm-induced parasite infestations on wild juvenile salmon in multiple regions of coastal British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 1925-1932.

Price, M.H.H., Darimont, C.T., Temple, N.N., and MacDuffee, S.M. 2008. Ghost runs: management and status assessment of Pacific salmon returning to BC’s central and north coasts. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 2712-2718.

Price, M.H.H., and Aries, C.E. 2007. A river otter’s (Lontra canadensis) capture of a double-crested cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) in British Columbia’s Gulf Island waters. Canadian Field-Naturalist 121: 325-326.

Munro, R.H.M., Neilsen, S.E., Price, M.H.H., Stenhouse, G.B., and Boyce, M.S. 2006. Seasonal and diel patterns of grizzly bear diet and activity in west-central Alberta. Journal of Mammalogy 87: 1112-1121.

Price, M.H.H., Darimont, C.T., Winchester, N.N., and Paquet, P.C. 2005. Facts from faeces: prey remains in wolf faeces revise occurrence records for mammals of British Columbia’s coastal archipelago. Canadian Field Naturalist 119: 192-196.

Darimont, C.T., Price, M.H.H., Winchester, N.N., Gordon-Walker, J., and Paquet, P.C. 2004. Predators in natural fragments: foraging ecology of wolves in British Columbia’s central and north coast archipelago. Journal of Biogeography 31: 1-11.