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“Interview with Trevor Pitcher”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76JPQJ68c1Y
Dr. Pitcher and several colleagues were recently awarded an NSERC Synergy Grant Click image to learn more http://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2014-01-30/scientists-win-top-national-research-award-salmon-farm-work

Expansion of the Freshwater Restoration Ecology Centre in Lasalle, Ontario (coming soon)

Contact Information

Trevor Pitcher, Associate Professor

Department of Biological Sciences &

Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

401 Sunset Ave., Windsor, Ontario

Canada N9B 3P4

  1. (519)253-3000 ext. 2710

tpitcher@uwindsor.ca


The lab is collaborating with US Fish & Wildlife & USGS to help restore native lake sturgeon in the Detroit river Click here to learn more http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014304270056http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014304270056http://www.uwindsor.ca/dailynews/2014-01-30/scientists-win-top-national-research-award-salmon-farm-workshapeimage_15_link_0shapeimage_15_link_1

Welcome to the Pitcher Research Lab in evolutionary ecology, reproductive biology and conservation biology. We conduct research on fishes from the Great Lakes and the west coast of Canada (including Chinook salmon, Atlantic salmon, Lake Trout, bloaters, brown bullhead, lake sturgeon and redside dace). Our lab’s aims are to; (i) examine the genetic architecture of fitness using quantitative genetics (i.e. genetic quality of offspring, including candidate genes such as the major histocompatability complex), (ii) examine questions related to the restoration ecology of fishes in the Great Lakes, including reproductive factors affecting the ability of fish that are threatened or endangered to recover, (iii) provide insights into the selective forces involved in the evolution of mate choice for genetic quality (e.g. polyandry, sperm competition, cryptic female choice), and (iv) examine the relative importance of male and female roles/genotypes in terms of determining the outcome of paternity.


My lab is also conducting research (i) to assess the extent to which genetic quality can be incorporated into conservation breeding programs (captive and supportive breeding programs) in an attempt to improve the fitness of offspring produced for conservation purposes via fish culture protocols, (ii) examining the relationship between genetic quality, reproduction and aquatic contaminant stress, and (iii) with our aquaculture industrial partner to improve aquaculture production of Chinook salmon on the west coast of Canada.