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Colin J. Brauner


Department of Zoology,
University of British Columbia

6270 University Blvd.

Vancouver, BC
Canada, V6T 1Z4
: brauner@zoology.ubc.ca
Office phone: 604-822-3372
Lab: 604-822-3378
Fax: 604-822-2416

Research Interests (See Research page for more details)

The primary goal of my research program is to investigate environmental adaptations (both mechanistic and evolutionary) in relation to gas-exchange, acid-base balance and ion regulation in fish, integrating responses from the molecular, cellular and organismal level. The ultimate goal is to understand how evolutionary pressures have shaped physiological systems among vertebrates and to determine the degree to which physiological systems can adapt/acclimate to natural and anthropogenic environmental changes. This information is crucial for basic biology and understanding the diversity of biological systems, but much of my research conducted to date can also be applied to issues of aquaculture, toxicology and water quality criteria development, as well as fisheries management.

Major Awards Received

  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2013-2016)
  • Murray A. Newman Award for Significant Achievement in Aquatic Research (2016), Vancouver Aquarium
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton A.J. Wiggs Memorial Lecturer (2013)
  • UBC Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2009)
  • J.C. Stevenson Memorial Lecturer, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR, Jan 6, 2006).
  • President’s Medal, Society for Experimental Biology, UK, (2003)

Editorial Commitments

  • Editorial Board of “Frontiers in Aquatic Physiology” (Specialty section of Frontiers in Physiology) (2010- present)
  • Respiration Section Editor for “Elsevier Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology”, (2011)
  • Co-Editor of “Fish Physiology” Book Series with A.P. Farrell, (2004-present)
  • Editorial Board of “Physiological and Biochemical Zoology”, (2004-present)

Academic History

  • Professor (2011-present) Zoology, University of British Columbia
  • Associate Professor (2006-2011) Zoology, University of British Columbia
  • Assistant Professor (2002-2006) Zoology, University of British Columbia
  • Assistant Professor (2000-2002) Biology, San Diego State University
  • Research Associate (1998-2000) McMaster University
  • Post-doctoral fellow (1996-1998) Universities of Aarhus and Odense, Denmark
  • Ph D (1995) University of British Columbia

Courses Taught

  • Biology 364 Animal Physiology
  • Biology 457 Comparative Environmental Physiology
  • Biology 454 Comparative Animal Physiology


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Faculty of Science
Dr. Colin Brauner
6270 University Blvd.,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4, Canada
Tel: Office: 604-822-3372, Lab: 604-822-3378
Fax: 604-822-2416

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