Tom Quinn’s group works on the behavior, ecology, evolution, and conservation of fishes.  Most of their work is conducted on salmon, trout and char, investigating such topics as migratory behavior and homing, habitat requirements, factors affecting reproductive success, evolution of populations, straying and population expansion, and trophic ecology.  Their research blends a variety of field techniques including tagging, telemetry, direct observations, and a variety of sampling techniques with laboratory experiments and analysis of long-term datasets.  



*A completely revised edition of The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout is in progress. The new edition will feature many new, outstanding photographs, updated and new information, and enhanced coverage of trout and char as well as Pacific salmon.

The Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout introduces salmon and trout as a group, with a brief description of each species, and compares them to other fishes. This thorough survey should be on the shelf of anyone with a professional or personal interest in Pacific salmon and trout. Written in a technically accurate but engaging style, it will appeal to a wide range of readers, including students, anglers, biologists, conservationists, legislators, and armchair naturalists.

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Bond, M.H., J.A. Miller, and T.P. Quinn. 2015. Beyond dichotomous life histories in partially migrating populations: cessation of anadromy in a long-lived fish. Ecology 96(7): 1899-1910. pdf

Anderson, H.J., P.L. Faulds, K.D. Burton, M.E. Koehler, W.I. Atlas, and T.P. Quinn. 2015. Dispersal and productivity of Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) salmon colonizing newly accessibly habitat. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 72: 454-465. pdf

Goetz, F.A., E. Jeanes, M.E. Moore, T.P. Quinn. 2015. Comparative migratory behavior and survival of wild and hatchery steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) smolts in riverine, estuarine, and marine habitats of Puget Sound, Washington. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 98: 357-375. pdf

Bond, M.H. and T.P. Quinn. 2013. Patterns and influences on Dolly Varden migratory timing in the Chignik Lakes, Alaska, and comparison of populations throughout the northeastern Pacific and Arctic oceans. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 70: 655-665. pdf

Cunningham, C.J., G.T. Ruggerone, and T.P. Quinn. 2013. Size selectivity of predation by brown bears depends on the density of their sockeye salmon prey. The American Naturalist. 181 (5): 663-673. pdf

Rhode, J., A.N. Kagley, K.L. Fresh, F.A. Goetz, and T.P. Quinn. 2013. Partial migration and diel movement patterns in Puget Sound coho salmon. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 142 (6): 1615-1628. pdf

Westley, P.A.H., T.P. Quinn, and A.H. Dittman. 2013. Rates of straying by hatchery-produced Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) and steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) differ among species, life history types, and populations. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 70: 735-746. pdf