Professor John Reynolds

Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair, Simon Fraser University

Google Scholar – here
ResearchGate – here

Previous positions

Professor, University of East Anglia, UK 1993 – 2005
Bellairs Postdoc.  McGill University 1993
NSERC Postdoc. University of Oxford 1990 – 1992


BSc   University of Toronto, 1982
MSc  Queen’s University, 1985
PhD  University of Toronto 1991


2015  Murray Newman Award for Excellence in Research, Vancouver Aquarium
2011   President’s Award for Media Relations – Simon Fraser University
2003   J.C. Stevenson Award & Lecture – Canadian Conf. Fisheries Research
2000   FSBI Medal – Fisheries Society of the British Isles
1989   Ramsay Wright Award. Outstanding graduate. Zoology, Univ. Toronto
1983   Beatty Award, Queen’s University, Canada
1982   W.H. Walker Award. Outstanding undergraduate. Zoology, Univ. Toronto

Public Service

COSEWIC – Co-chair Marine Fishes (2011-2015)
NSERC – Evolution & Ecology Panel, including Co-chair (2011-2015)
Cohen Commission of Inquiry on Fraser Sockeye Salmon – peer review panel and expert witness (2010-2011)
Pacific Wildlife Foundation – Fellow (2010-)

Vancouver Aquarium – Board and Research & Conservation Committee (2007-2011)
Fraser River Sturgeon Conservation Society – Board Member (2007-2011)
Fraser Salmon Think Tank – Co-Chair – Report 2010
BC Pacific Salmon Forum – Science Advisory Committee – Report Feb 2009
Skeena Fisheries Independent Science Review Panel – Report  June 2008

As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, I was inspired by Jim Rising and Richard Knapton to study evolutionary ecology. This led to an MSc with Fred Cooke at Queen’s University, including three fantastic field seasons studying Red-necked Phalaropes on the coast of Hudson Bay, 40 km east of Churchill, Manitoba. These shorebirds have sex-role reversal, with larger and more brightly coloured females fighting for males, which then perform all brood-rearing on their own. I have been collaborating with Tamas Szekely on comparative analyses of shorebird breeding systems ever since (see Evolution of Life Histories).

For my PhD I switched to fish, with research on sexual selection in Trinidadian guppies, studying with Mart Gross first at Simon Fraser University and later at the University of Toronto. Next came a postdoctoral fellowship at Oxford with Paul Harvey, and then my first faculty position at the University of East Anglia, Norwich in 1993.  In 2005 Simon Fraser University lured me back to Canada to take up my current position.

In alternate years I teach either a fourth-year course in Fisheries Ecology, which uses a textbook that I co-authored with Simon Jennings and Mike Kaiser, or a field course on terrestrial and freshwater conservation at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre on Vancouver Island, or an introductory biology course.  The last time I taught the intro biology course, only 1 of the 290 students recognized David Gilmour, guitarist and lead vocalist for Pink Floyd, in the bonus question on the midterm.  My favourite answers are here.