Lab Kudos and Awards

2019 – Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award (2018) – Faculty of Forestry, Anna Smith.

2019 – Runner-up,  Best PhD thesis award 2018, Faculty of Forestry – Art Bass

2018 – Third prize UBC Vancouver Campus Three Minute Thesis competition, Anna Smith.  Zinc Stinks! Olfactory inhibition in juvenile coho salmon

2018 – First prize in Faculty of Forestry, UBC Three Minute Thesis competition, Anna Smith.  Zinc Stinks! Olfactory inhibition in juvenile coho salmon. 

2018 – First prize in 5 minute presentation division – Anna Smith. Zink Stinks! Olfactory inhibition in juvenile coho salmon. ToxTalks Symposium. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

2018 – Anna Smith (Winner) and Allison Hebert (Runner-up) – Peter Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution (MSc level) 

2018 – Best MSc thesis award 2017, Faculty of Forestry – Steve Healy

2017 – Runner up (highly commended) for Elton Prize (best paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology by an Early Career Researcher) – Nathan Furey. Piscivorous fish exhibit temperature-influenced binge feeding during an annual prey pulse. Journal of Animal Ecology. For a virtual issue with all commended papers (freely available), click here.

2016 – Runner-up (highly commended) Elton Prize  – Nathan Furey – (top paper published by an early-career researcher at the Journal of Animal Ecology)

2016 – Royal Society of Canada Alice Wilson Award – Dr Aimee Houde

2016 – Co-winner of Peter A. Larkin Award at PhD level – Nathan Furey

2015 – Best Student PresentationMandy Banet. Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference. February 28 2015.

2015 – Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award – Faculty of Forestry, Nathan Furey.

2015 – Best Student Presentation (Honorable Mention) – Vanessa Minke-Martin, American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual General Meeting, Richmond, BC, Canada. 

2015 – Winner ‘Best Student Paper’ – Nolan Bett. American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual General Meeting, Richmond, BC, Canada. March 16-19. Bett, N., Hinch, S. 

2015. Conspecific attraction during spawning migration of sockeye salmon.

2014 – Runner up (PhD level) for Peter Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – Natalie Sopinka

2014 – Runner up for Steven Berkeley Marine Conservation Fellowship Award – Nathan Furey

2014 – Western Division (American Fisheries Society) Eugene Maughan Student Scholarship – Natalie Sopinka 

2014 – Co-Winner ‘Best Student Paper’ – Natalie Sopinka. American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual General Meeting, Vancouver, Washington, USA. March 24-27. Sopinka, N. 2014. From 3 lines to 3 minutes: sharing fisheries research in creative ways.
 
2013 – Best PhD thesis award 2012, Faculty of Forestry – Ken Jeffries

2013 – Winner ‘Best Student Paper’ – Natalie Sopinka. American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual General Meeting, Lake Chelan, Washington, USA.  March 25-28. Sopinka, N., Middleton C., Lesko M.,  Patterson D., Hinch S. 2013. Intergenerational effects of stress in Fraser River sockeye salmon. 

2013 – Vanier Graduate Scholarship – Nathan FureyUBC Press Release.

2013 – Runner up (MSc level) for Peter Larkin Award for Excellence in Fisheries at a Canadian Institution – Nicholas Burnett

2012 – Winner Smith Conservation Award for Student Paper with Best Application of Behaviour to Fish Conservation – Natalie Sopinka.  Conference on the Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes, Windsor, ON, Canada, June 17-21, 2012.  Sopinka N.M., Middleton C., Patterson D., Hinch S. 2012. Stressed out salmon: effects of parental stress on sockeye salmon offspring.

2012 – Hinch lab PhD candidate, Natalie Sopinka, wins UBC’s 3-minute thesis competition (Coverage in UBC Faculty of Forestry Branchlines Publication and on UBC Faculty of Forestry website)

2012 – Gold Medal Best MSc thesis 2011, UBC – Jenn Burt

2012 – Best PhD thesis award 2011, Faculty of Science – Erika Eliason

2010 – Best Teaching Assistant Award, Faculty of Forestry, UBC – Jenn Burt

2010 – Runner-up ‘Best Student Paper’ award – Mike Donaldson.  American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual General Meeting, Nanaimo, British Columbia, March 2-4, 

2010. Donaldson, M.R., Hinch, S.G., Patterson, D.A., Cooke, S.J., Raby, G., Thomas, J.O., Hills, J., Thompson, L.A., Miller, K.M., Lotto, A., Robichaud, D., English K., Farrell, A.P. 2010.  Fisheries and handling-related stressors on adult Pacific salmon physiology, behaviour and survival. 

2010 – Best Poster award, Mike Donaldson, Tim Clark, and Marika Gale. American Fisheries Society Washington-British Columbia Chapter Annual General Meeting, Nanaimo, British Columbia, March 2-4, 

2010. Donaldson, M.R. Clark,T.D., Hinch, S.G., Cooke, S.J., Patterson, D.A., Gale, M.K., Frappell, P.B., Farrell, A.P.  2010. Physiological responses and recovery of adult coho salmon to simulated predator and fisheries encounters. 

2010 – Honourable Mention, Best Student Paper award – Jenn Burt. Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference.  Bamfield, BC. March 5-7, 2010. Burt. J., Hinch, S., Patterson, D.  Family Matters: parental and temperature influences on the early life survival, morphology and burst swim performance of sockeye salmon.

2008 – Best PhD thesis award, Faculty of Forestry – Glenn Crossin, Factors affecting the timing and success of sockeye salmon spawning migrations.

Hinch Awards

2020 – Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada –  Fellows are elected by their peers for their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement. Recognition by the RSC is the highest honour an individual can achieve in Canada the Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.

2019 – American Fisheries Society, Award of Excellence, for original and outstanding contributions to fisheries and aquatic biology. It is the Society’s highest award for scientific achievement. 

2018 – Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership

2017 – Brockhouse Canada Prize (runner-up), for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. This prize recognizes outstanding Canadian teams of researchers from different disciplines who have combined their expertise to produce achievements of outstanding international significance in the natural sciences and engineering

2015 – American Fisheries Society, Fellow of the Society, for making outstanding or meritorious contributions to leadership, research, teaching and mentoring, resource management and/or conservation, and outreach or interaction with the public.

2014 – Certificate of Achievement from the Washington-British Columbia chapter of the American Fisheries Society in recognition of significant professional achievement.

2011 – American Fisheries Society Excellence in Fisheries Education Award in recognition of continuous dedication to the teaching profession and personal contributions to the education of fisheries professionals.

2007 – Best Paper in the 2006 issues of the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. The American Fisheries Society is the largest (~ 10,000 members) and oldest scholarly society for the study of fish and fisheries. (Rand, P.S., S.G. Hinch, and 7 others. 2006. Effects of changes to river discharge, temperature, and future climates on energetics and mortality of adult migrating Fraser River sockeye salmon. Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc. 135:655-667)

2005 – American Fisheries Society Award of Excellence to a group of four UBC researchers led by Dr. Scott Hinch (Dept. Forest Sciences and Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), also including Dr. Tony Farrell (Dept. Zoology and Centre for Environment and Aquaculture), Dr. Mike Healey (Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability), and Dr. Steve Cooke (Centre for Applied Conservation Research). Award given “in recognition of their inspirational leadership and outstanding contributions to the fields of fisheries science, education and aquatic biology, and to the American Fisheries Society and the Fisheries Management Section”.

1999-2000 –  Killam Teaching Prize in Faculty of Forestry, University of B.C.