Dr. Karen E. Smokorowski

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Fisheries and Oceans Canada Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Sault Ste. Marie

1219 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario P6A 2E5

Phone: (705) 941-2662
Fax: (705) 941-2664
E-mail: Karen.Smokorowski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Karen Smokorowski received her Specialist BSc in Biology from the University of Toronto in 1993, and received her doctorate from the Watershed Ecosystems Graduate Program at Trent University in 1998. Her post-graduate research focused on the response of the introduced species, "Mysis relicta", to the partial fertilization of Kootenay Lake, B.C., giving her a strong background in limnology, aquatic population ecology, life history, and bioenergetics.

Karen became a research scientist with DFO, Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, in 1998, and became manager of the section in 2001. Her research focus date has focused on supporting DFO’s Habitat Management Program through a series of whole system, adaptive management experiments. Karen’s earlier habitat manipulation research focused on the effect of habitat simplification in lakes (large-scale wood removals), and on habitat additions in smaller gravel pit and quarry systems. In recent years her focus has shifted towards studying the effects of hydroelectric development and operations on downstream riverine ecosystems. Since 2002 Karen has been the lead scientist on a long-term, adaptive management experiment testing the effects of unlimited ramping rates on the river, in a Before-After-Control-Impact experiment. Her expertise in hydroelectric impacts and her involvement in DFO hydro-related initiatives have culminated in her appointment as the Scientific Director of DFO’s Centre of Expertise on Hydropower Impacts on Fish and Fish Habitat ( CHIF).

Karen lives with her husband Dave and daughter Cathryn in Sault Ste. Marie, and enjoys spending her leisure time hiking, gardening, skiing, and playing with her daughter.

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