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Growing up in Fort Nelson, BC, a small northern town on the Alaska Highway, meant that spending time outdoors was always part of day-to-day life. Whether that was walking or cross-country skiing to school through the forest, hiking, playing hockey on my backyard rink, or fishing with my grandparents. As such, biology and specifically ecology and animal physiology were natural interests of mine when I began my undergrad at the University of Alberta. These interests led me to pursue an MSc with Dr. Keith Tierney, which began my ongoing foray into Arctic research. During my master's, I studied the interplay between the migratory ecology and exercise physiology of Arctic Char in a warming north. After completing my MSc, moving to Vancouver to complete a PhD with Dr. Tony Farrell in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia was a natural transition. Early in my master's program a mentor and collaborator, Dr Jean-Sébastien Moore and I began developing ideas for Arctic char research around Tony's work on local adaptation and temperature tolerance in Pacific salmon. I continued my research on the environmental physiology of northern fishes as a Weston and NSERC Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John working with Dr. Ben Speers-Roesch. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I am continuing my research in the Canadian Arctic and developing a program in Alaska. Check out my Research Interests page for more info on my ongoing and future research. 

Matt Gilbert, MSc, PhD

Assistant Professor of Animal Physiology

Institute of Arctic Biology and Department of Biology and Wildlife

University of Alaska Fairbanks

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