Nico Muñoz

 

Degrees:

BSc (Hon), Biology (University of Western Ontario)

MSc, Ecology and Evolution (University of Western Ontario)

Email: nicom@sfu.ca

Twitter: @uneasyNico

I am a PhD student co-supervised by Dr. John Reynolds at Simon Fraser University and Dr. Bryan Neff at the University of Western Ontario.

My doctoral research is focused on the ecology of the Chinook salmon invasion of Patagonia, southern South America. In their native habitat, Pacific salmon can have far-reaching impacts on the productivity and biodiversity of ecosystems, largely due to the nutrient and energy subsidies that they provide to ecosystems when they spawn and subsequently die. As Chinook salmon expand their abundance and distribution in Patagonia, there is potential for biological change in these unique ecosystems. My goal is to use this system to test ecological hypotheses concerning species invasions and subsidized food webs, while also contributing to our ecological understanding of this introduced and economically valuable species.

Publications

Muñoz NJ, Farrell AP, Heath JW, and Neff BD. (2015) Reply to ‘Response of chinook salmon to climate change’. Nature Climate Change 5: 615.

Muñoz NJ, Farrell AP, Heath JW, and Neff BD. (2015) Adaptive potential of a Pacific salmon challenged by climate change. Nature Climate Change 5: 163–166.

Muñoz NJ, Anttila K, Chen Z, Heath JW, Farrell AP, and Neff BD. (2014) Indirect genetic effects underlie oxygen-limited thermal tolerance within a coastal population of chinook salmon. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London (B) 281: 20141082.

Muñoz NJ, Breckels RD, and Neff BD. (2012) The metabolic, locomotor, and sex-dependent effects of elevated temperature on Trinidadian guppies: limited capacity for acclimation. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 3436–3441.