Phish Doc

  • 35 blog posts and poems on aquatic natural history and scientific research Link


  • In Flux: An Interview with Rebecca Atkins. Fisheries 41 (12): 799-800.
  • Boundaries: An Interview with Kieran Cox. Fisheries 41 (11): 659-660.
  • Suspension: An Interview with Andrew Thompson. Fisheries 41(10): 615-616.
  • Pickled: An Interview with Peter Hundt. Fisheries 41(9): 559-560.
  • Reflector: An Interview with Valentina Di Santo. Fisheries 41(8): 499-500.
  • Dichotomy: An Interview with Sarah Lehnert. Fisheries 41(7): 427-428.
  • Onboard Testing: An Interview with Phillip Meintzer. Fisheries 41(6): 322-324.
  • On the Inside: An Interview with Stacy Farina. Fisheries 41(5): 263-264.
  • Paired up. Fisheries 41(4): 212.
  • Intertidal After Dark: An Interview with Allison Barner. Fisheries 41(3): 155-156.
  • Blocked: An Interview with Sean Landsman. Fisheries 41(2): 108.
  • Year in Review: 2015. Fisheries 41(1): 55-56.
  • Otoliths: The Gift That Keeps on Giving New Data. Fisheries 40(12): 627-628.
  • The Teeth of Fishes: Say Ahhh!. Fisheries 40(11): 571-572.
  • Listening to Fishes to See Where They Go. Fisheries 40(10): 524.
  • Fish and Fisheries in the Dark. Fisheries 40(9): 476.
  • Try This! “Tweeting the Meeting”. Fisheries 40(8): 428.
  • Try This! Sketch Your Conference Notes. Fisheries 40(7): 338-339.
  • From Your Body to Theirs: How Exposure to Pharmaceuticals is Altering Gene Expression in Fishes. Fisheries 40(6): 292.
  • Fishy Tales from Science Communicators in the Pacific Northwest. Fisheries 40(5): 240.
  • Hitch-hiking Beaver Spotted Napping Atop Humpback Whale. Fisheries 40(4): 187.
  • Living Fossil Fishes. Fisheries 40(3): 140.
  • Underwater Romance: A Valentine’s Day Ode to Fishes. Fisheries 40(2): 84-85.
  • Fishes on the Move as Oceans Heat Up. Fisheries 40(1): 32.

Canadian Science Publishing

  • Scientist, Meet Librarian Link
  • Channel Your Inner Artist at the Library Link
  • Taking Heed to History Link
  • Library Firsts Link
  • What’s on the horizon for science blogging? Link
  • How does creativity fit into science communication? Link

Buzz Hoot Roar

  • Nest building – it’s not just for the birds! Link
    *Adapted for root & star magazine (The Fish Issue, July/August 2016)
  • Taxonomy pun Link
  • Taxonomy pun Link
  • Taxonomy pun Link


  • Sockeye Salmon: From Red Eggs to Red and Dead Link

Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club

  • 13 blog posts on club events and natural history research Link

Society for Experimental Biology 

  • Passerine Pit Stops Link


  • A stressful tale. 2012. Branchlines 23(3): 13-14. Link

Peer-reviewed articles

19. Cooke S, Gallagher A, Sopinka N, Nguyen V, Skubel R, Hammerschlag N, Boon S, Young N, Danylchuk A. Accepted. Considerations for effective science communication. FACETS

18. Capelle P, Semeniuk C, Sopinka N, Heath J, Love O. Accepted. Pre-natal stress exposure generates higher early survival and smaller size without impacting developmental rate in a Pacific salmon. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology

17. Sopinka N, Capelle P, Semeniuk C, Love O. 2017. Glucocorticoids in fish eggs: Variation, interactions with the environment, and the potential to shape offspring fitness. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 90: 15-33. Focused Issue

16. Sopinka N, Jeffrey J, Burnett N, Patterson D, Gilmour K, Hinch S. 2017. Maternal programming of offspring hypothalamic–pituitary–interrenal axis in wild sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). General and Comparative Endocrinology 242: 30-37.

15. Sopinka N, Middleton C, Patterson D, Hinch S. 2016. Does maternal captivity of wild, migratory sockeye salmon influence offspring performance? Hydrobiologia 779: 1-10. Featured on cover

14. Sopinka N, Hinch S, Healy S, Raby G, Patterson D. 2016. Effects of experimentally elevated egg cortisol on offspring traits in two species of wild Pacific salmon. Environmental Biology of Fishes 99: 717–728.

13. Taylor J, Sopinka N, Wilson S, Hinch S, Patterson D, Cooke S, Willmore W. 2016. Examining the relationships between egg cortisol and oxidative stress in developing wild sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 200: 87-93.

12. Sopinka N, Patterson L, Redfern J, Pleizier N, Belanger C, Midwood J, Crossin G, Cooke S. 2015. Manipulating glucocorticoids in wild animals: basic and applied perspectives. Conservation Physiology 3: cov031.

11. Sopinka N, Hinch S, Healy S, Harrison P, Patterson D. 2015. Egg cortisol treatment affects the behavioural response of coho salmon to a conspecific intruder and threat of predation. Animal Behaviour 104: 115-122. Featured article

10. Taylor J, Wilson S, Sopinka N, Hinch S, Patterson D, Cooke S, Willmore W. 2015.  Are there intergenerational and population-specific effects of oxidative stress in sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka)? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 184: 97-104.

9. Sopinka N, Hinch S, Middleton C, Hills J, Patterson D. 2014. Mother knows best, even when stressed? Effects of maternal exposure to a stressor on offspring performance at different life stages in a wild semelparous fish. Oecologia 175: 493-500.

8. Raby G, Donaldson M, Nguyen V, Taylor M, Sopinka N, Cook K, Patterson D, Robichaud D, Hinch S, Cooke S. 2014. Bycatch mortality of endangered coho salmon: impacts, solutions, and aboriginal perspectives. Ecological Applications 24: 1803–1819.

7. Sopinka N, Hinch S, Lotto A, Whitney C, Patterson D. 2013. Does among-population variation in burst swim performance of sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka fry reflect early life migrations? Journal of Fish Biology 83: 1416–1424.

6. Groen M, Sopinka N, Marentette J, Reddon A, Brownscombe J, Fox M, Marsh-Rollo S, Balshine S. 2012. A role for aggression in round goby invasion fronts? Behaviour 149: 685-703.

5. Sopinka N, Fitzpatrick J, Taves J, Ikonomou M, Marsh-Rollo S, Balshine S. 2012. Does exposure to aquatic pollution impact reproductive traits in a wild-caught intertidal fish? Journal of Fish Biology 80: 2374-2383.

4. Marentette J, Tong S, Wang G, Sopinka N, Taves M, Koops M, Balshine S. 2012. Behavior as biomarker? Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) from highly contaminated areas show decreased movement in the laboratory but not in the field. Ecotoxicology 21: 1003-1012.

3. Marentette J, Wang G, Tong S, Sopinka N, Taves M, Koops M, Balshine S. 2011. Laboratory and field evidence of sex-biased movement in the invasive round goby. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 2239-2249.

2. Sopinka N, Marentette J, Balshine S. 2010. Impact of contaminant exposure on resource contests in an invasive fish. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64: 1947-1958.

1. Sopinka N, Fitzpatrick J, Desjardins J, Stiver K, Marsh-Rollo S, Balshine S. 2009. Liver size reveals social status in the African cichlid Neolamprologus pulcherJournal of Fish Biology 75: 1-16.

Book chapters

1. Sopinka N, Donaldson M, O’Connor C, Suski C, Cooke S. 2016. Stress indicators in fish. Pages 405-462 in Fish Physiology, Vol. 35, Biology of Stress in Fish (eds. C Schreck, L Tort, A Farrell, C Brauner), Academic Press, Amsterdam.

Select presentations


  • The history of science and poetry. International Marine Conservation Congress, St. John’s, NL, Canada
  • How does creativity fit into science communication? Canadian
    Conference for Fisheries Research, St. John’s, NL, Canada 


  • Science Communication Workshop: Pings to Podcasts. 3rd International Conference on Fish Telemetry, Halifax, NS, Canada 
  • Maternal stress in salmon: the science & the poetry. Comparative Physiology Seminar Series, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada 
  • Intergenerational effects of stress in sockeye salmon. Workshop on Salmon Migrations, Climate Change and Capture/Release Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada


  • There and back again: a fish’s tale. Macoun Field Club of the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • From 3 lines to 3 minutes: sharing fisheries research in creative ways. Ocean Tracking Network Canada Annual Meeting, Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • Stress, huh yeah, what is it good for? Effects of maternal stress and egg glucocorticoids in Pacific salmon. Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes Biennial Conference, Corvallis, Oregon, USA


  • One fish, two fish, red fish, stressed fish. University of British Columbia Alumni Weekend, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Intergenerational effects of stress in Fraser River sockeye salmon. American Fisheries Society’s Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual Meeting, Lake Chelan, Washington, USA
  • Mothers may know best, even when stressed: intergenerational effects of stress in sockeye salmon. Society for Experimental Biology Annual Meeting, Valencia, Spain