Jordanna Nicole Bergman
Carleton University | Department of Biology
Fish Ecology & Conservation Physiology Laboratory
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1S 5B6
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Releasing an externally tagged smallmouth bass in the Rideau Canal.
I am an applied aquatic ecologist based in eastern Ontario, Canada. I hold a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of South Florida and am currently co-supervised by Dr. Joseph Bennett and Dr. Steven Cooke at Carleton University for my Ph.D. in Biology. My thesis research investigates fish connectivity in Canada's nationally significant Rideau Canal Waterway and how to use spatial ecology data to optimize conservation decisions. Using a multidisciplinary and integrative approach, we aim to develop a management strategy to support the protection and enhancement of Ontario’s economically important recreational fishery and beautiful aquatic biodiversity.
My professional and research roles have been diverse and stimulating. I discovered my passion for the outdoors at an early age, and have had the privilege to hold a variety of conservation-focused positions. From kelp forest ecologist, to professional and scientific diver, to reproductive marine fisheries biologist, my efforts have been consistently focused towards aquatic ecology and conservation research. Over the past decade, I have established and refined a valuable skill set, and am excited to continue learning as a PhD student. I expect to graduate in 2022.
My research is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (CGS-M), Parks Canada, and Carleton University.
Leading a dive on the RMS Rhone, British Virgin Islands.
Surgically implanting an acoustic transmitter into a common carp to investigate movement patterns.
Bergman, J.N., Bennett, J.R., Binley, A.D., Cooke, S.J., Vincent, F., Hlina, B.L., Reid, C.H., Vala, M.A., Madliger, C.L. (2019). Scaling from individual physiological measures to population-level demographic change: case studies and future directions for conservation management. Biological Conservation 238, 108242. doi: 10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108242
Bergman, J.N., Lajeunesse, M.J., Motta, P.J. (2017). Teeth penetration force of the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier and sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus. Journal of Fish Biology 91, 460-472. doi:10.1111/jfb.13351
Krumhansl, K.A., Bergman, J.N., Salomon, A.K. (2017). Assessing the ecosystem-level consequences of a small-scale artisanal kelp fishery within the context of climate-change. Ecological Applications 27, 799-813. doi:10.1002/eap.1484
Cooke, S.J., Bergman, J.N., Nyboer E.A., Reid, A.J., Gallagher, A.J., Hammerschlag, N., Van de Riet, K., Vermaire, J.C. (2019). Overcoming the Concrete Conquest of Aquatic Ecosystems. (submitted). Biological Conservation.
Bergman, J.N., Binley, A.D., Murphy, R.E., Proctor, C.A., Nguyen, A.T., Urness, E.S., Vala, M.A., Vincent, J.G., Fahrig, L., Bennett, J.R. (2019). How to rescue Ontario’s Endangered Species Act. (in revision). FACETS.
Bergman, J.N., Bennet, J.R., Cooke, S.J. (2018). Can selective fragmentation of Canada’s Rideau Canal optimize conservation decisions? Science to support management of Parks Canada's historic Rideau and Trent-Severn waterways to maintain and enhance ecosystem services: Year 1 Symposium. NSERC Strategic Partnership Grant. Ottawa, ON. (oral presentation).
Bergman, J.N., Heppell, S.A., Shea, C.P., Lowerre-Barbieri, S.K. (2017). Seasonal cycles of gonadal development and plasma sex steroid levels in the protogynous gag grouper Mycteroperca microlepis. American Fisheries Society, Tampa, FL. (oral presentation).
Bergman, J.N., Lajeunesse, M.J., Motta, P.J. (2017). Teeth penetration force of the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier and sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus. FISH, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. (oral presentation).
Krumhansl, K.A., Bergman, J.N., Salomon, A.K. (2015). Impacts of Giant Kelp Canopy Harvest on Temperate Reef Fish. Western Society of Naturalists, Sacramento, CA. (poster).
Awards, grants, and honours
NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Master’s Program, 2019-2020
Carleton University Biology Department Scholarship, 2019-2020
Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship, 2018-2019
Carleton University Biology Department Scholarship, 2018-2019
Carleton University Domestic Entrance Masters Scholarship, 2018-2019
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award Summer, 2015
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship, 2010-2015
University of South Florida Scholarship Grant, 2010-2013
Dean’s Honour List, University of South Florida, Fall 2011
Snow or shine, you can find us in the field. We drill through the ice to retrieve, service, and redeploy our acoustic receiver array on Big Rideau Lake.
We are externally (anchor tag) and internally (acoustic transmitter) tagging thousands of fish in the Rideau Canal to investigate fish connectivity and interactions with lock infrastructure and operations. It is currently unclear if, when, and to what extent movement occurs at the site of individual locks. Do fish make seasonal reproductive migrations through locks? Are movements through locks species-specific? Could lock operations and/or types be refined to reduce invasive species spread with no impact to native species? These are some of the research questions we are focusing our efforts towards answering. To date, no research has been conducted to simultaneously model movement patterns of desirable (e.g., native fish) species and undesirable (e.g., invasive species) species in the Rideau Canal to optimize conservation decisions and protect aquatic biodiversity. By considering each lock as having a specific level of porosity for different species, we can create a highly integrative model across a landscape and make a major advance in applied ecology. However, to effectively manage multiple species, we must first understand the drivers of species-specific movement patterns. That's where my PhD research comes into play.
To develop and implement successful management strategies that simultaneously restrict and enable movements of invasive and native species, respectively, an understanding of the drivers of movements is necessary. We are currently examining the movement patterns of two gamefish, largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) and northern pike (Esox lucius), and two invasive fish species, common carp (Cyprinus carpio) and round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) by passively tracking their movements in real-time using acoustic telemetry equipment.
Although there are many reports by anglers, boaters, and lockmasters of live fish inside and/or travelling through locks, little research has been conducted to determine the extent of lock connectivity. To date, we have externally tagged 4,000 fish throughout the Rideau Canal and will continue until we reach our goal of 10,000 tagged fish. With the help of generous anglers who report tagged fish they've caught, we can track the movements of tagged fish for as long as they're swimming (we mark, they recapture!). If you've caught a tagged fish or would like more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.