Growing up in Fort Nelson, BC, a small northern town on the Alaska Highway, meant that spending time outdoors was always just 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 am currently in the 4th year of my PhD program and plan to continue my research in the north when I'm done. Check out my Research Interests page for more info on my ideas for future research.
Matt Gilbert, MSc, PhD Candidate
Farrell Lab, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia
Life Outside Research
I have a varied assortment of projects and hobbies that vie for my time outside of academia. Among these is the ASPIRE program which is intended to increase the opportunity for youth in the north to gain authentic science experiences. I co-created ASPIRE with teachers in my hometown of Fort Nelson based on the need for northern science outreach I recognized while growing up there.
In my personal time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, friends and family and am an avid enthusiast of triathlon, cycling, hockey, fishing, photography, backpacking and craft beer. Check out my STRAVA feed to keep up with my triathlon training and race results and scroll through the content below for other highlights from my life outside of research.