Our Researchers

Dr. Sherrylynn Rowe
Research Scientist
(709) 778-0318
Research Areas:
Fisheries Ecology, Behaviour, Life History, Spawning and Reproduction, Mating Systems, Population Dynamics, Population Structuring, Bioacoustics, Marine Protected Areas, Stock Assessment, Emerging Fisheries

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Rowe received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Science in biology at Memorial University before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia to pursue doctoral research at Dalhousie University. Following completion of her PhD, she worked as a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography for six years before returning home to join CFER in 2011.

Dr. Rowe’s research interests relate to behaviour and life history, particularly their implications for population dynamics and sustainable management strategies. Her work has centred on Northwest Atlantic ecosystems spanning from the coast of Labrador to the Gulf of Maine and has involved a variety of taxonomic groups. Her early studies examined reproductive and foraging ecology of seabirds, lobster demography, and linkages between spawning behaviour and population dynamics of Atlantic cod.

More recent scientific efforts have surrounded resource assessment and population biology of commercially important marine fish and invertebrates (e.g., groundfish, scallops), species-at-risk (e.g., wolffish, skate), and non-traditional target species subjected to new fisheries (e.g., hagfish, sea cucumber, whelk).

As a Research Scientist with CFER, Sherrylynn’s current focus is on abundance, behaviour, and life history of northern cod to better understand and predict recovery dynamics in a changing ecosystem. Some of her additional projects include examining the role of marine protected areas in enhancing lobster populations and fisheries, incidence and impacts of parasites in Atlantic cod, and population biology of haddock in southern Newfoundland waters. Sherrylynn’s research philosophy has always involved engagement with local stakeholders and she routinely collaborates with local fish harvesters and processors, government agencies, as well as other scientists based regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Significant Publications:

Hamel, J.-F., J. Sun, B.L. Gianasi, E.M. Montgomery, E.L. Kenchington, B. Burel, S. Rowe, P.D. Winger, and A. Mercier.  In press.  Active buoyancy adjustment increases dispersal potential in benthic marine animals.  Journal of Animal Ecology.

Puncher, G.N., S. Rowe, G.A. Rose, N.M. Leblanc, G.J. Parent, Y. Wang, and S.A. Pavey.  2019.  Chromosomal inversions in the Atlantic cod genome: implications for management of Canada’s Northern cod stock.  Fisheries Research 216: 29-40.

Wright, P.J., and S. Rowe.  2019.  Reproduction and spawning.  In Atlantic Cod: A Bio-Ecology.  Edited by G.A. Rose.  John Wiley & Sons Ltd.  pp. 87-132.

Neville, V., G. Rose, S. Rowe, R. Jamieson, and G. Piercey.  2018.  Otolith chemistry and redistributions of Northern cod: evidence of Smith Sound-Bonavista Corridor connectivity.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75: 2302-2312.

Rose, G.A., and S. Rowe.  2018.  Does redistribution or local growth underpin rebuilding of Canada’s Northern cod?  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 75: 825-835.

Rowe, S., and G.A. Rose.  2018.  Canadian cod comeback derailed.  Nature 556: 436.

Rowe, S., and G.A. Rose.  2017.  Don’t derail cod’s comeback in Canada.  Nature 545: 412.

Rogers, R., S. Rowe, and M.J. Morgan.  2016.  Depth and temperature associations of haddock Melanogrammus aeglefinus off southern Newfoundland.  Journal of Fish Biology 89: 2306-2325.

Mullowney, D., G. Maillet, E. Dawe, G. Rose, and S. Rowe.  2016.  Spawning delays of northern capelin (Mallotus villosus) and recovery dynamics: A mismatch with ice-mediated spring bloom?  Progress in Oceanography 141: 144-152.

Rogers, R., S. Rowe, and M.J. Morgan.  2016.  Lack of life history change in two over-exploited haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) stocks.  Fisheries Research 181: 77-83.

Rose, G.A., and S. Rowe.  2015.  Northern cod comeback.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 1789-1798.

Ellis, J.E., S. Rowe, and H.K. Lotze.  2015.  Expansion of hagfish fisheries in Atlantic Canada and worldwide.  Fisheries Research 161: 24-33.

Bond, A.L., J.F. Provencher, R.D. Elliot, P.C. Ryan, S. Rowe, I.L. Jones, G.J. Robertson, and S.I. Wilhelm.  2013.  Ingestion of plastic marine debris by Common and Thick-billed Murres in the northwestern Atlantic from 1985 to 2012.  Marine Pollution Bulletin 77: 192-195.

Hutchings, J.A., and S. Rowe.  2008.  Response: On the consequences of sexual selection for fisheries-induced evolution.  Evolutionary Applications 1: 650-651.

Hutchings, J.A., and S. Rowe.  2008.  Consequences of sexual selection for fisheries-induced evolution: an exploratory analysis.  Evolutionary Applications 1: 129-136.

Rowe, S., and J.A. Hutchings.  2008.  A link between sound producing musculature and mating success in Atlantic cod.  Journal of Fish Biology 72: 500-511.

Rowe, S., J.A. Hutchings, J.E. Skjæraasen, and L. Bezanson.  2008.  Morphological and behavioural correlates of reproductive success in Atlantic cod Gadus morhua.  Marine Ecology Progress Series 354: 257-265.

Hutchings, J.A., D.P. Swain, S. Rowe, J.D. Eddington, V. Puvanendran, and J.A. Brown.  2007.  Genetic variation in life-history reaction norms in a marine fish.  Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 1693-1699.

Rowe, S., J.A. Hutchings, and J.E. Skjæraasen.  2007.  Nonrandom mating in a broadcast spawner: mate size influences reproductive success in Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua).  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 219-226.

Rowe, S., and J.A. Hutchings.  2006.  Sound production by Atlantic cod during spawning.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135: 529-538.

Skjæraasen, J.E., S. Rowe, and J.A. Hutchings.  2006.  Sexual dimorphism in pelvic fin length of Atlantic cod.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 84: 865-870.

Rowe, S., and J.A. Hutchings.  2004.  The function of sound production by Atlantic cod as inferred from patterns of variation in drumming muscle mass.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 82: 1391-1398.

Rowe, S., J.A. Hutchings, D. Bekkevold, and A. Rakitin.  2004.  Depensation, probability of fertilization, and the mating system of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.).  ICES Journal of Marine Science 61: 1144-1150.

Rowe, S., and J.A. Hutchings.  2003.  Mating systems and the conservation of commercially exploited marine fish.  Trends in Ecology and Evolution 18: 567-572.

Jones, I.L., S. Rowe, S.M. Carr, G. Fraser, and P. Taylor.  2002.  Different patterns of parental effort during chick-rearing by female and male Thick-billed Murres (Uria lomvia) at a low-Arctic colony.  Auk 119: 1064-1074.

Jones, I.L., S. Rowe, and F. Mehlum.  2002.  Social and self-maintenance behaviour of adult and sub-adult Little Auks Alle alle and Least Auklets Aethia pusilla at two breeding colonies.  Ibis 144: E113-E117.

Rowe, S.  2002.  Population parameters of American lobster inside and outside no-take reserves in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.  Fisheries Research 56: 167-175.

Rowe, S.  2001.  Movement and harvesting mortality of American lobsters (Homarus americanus) tagged inside and outside no-take reserves in Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 58: 1336-1346.

Rowe, S., and R.L. Haedrich.  2001.  Streamer tag loss from American lobsters.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130: 516-518.

Rowe, S., and G. Feltham.  2000.  Eastport Peninsula lobster conservation: integrating harvesters’ local knowledge and fisheries science for resource co-management.  In Finding Our Sea Legs: Linking Fishery People and Their Knowledge with Science and Management.  Edited by B. Neis and L. Felt.  Institute of Social and Economic Research Press, St. John’s, Newfoundland.  pp. 236-245.

Rowe, S., and I.L. Jones.  2000.  The enigma of Razorbill Alca torda breeding site selection: adaptation to a variable environment?  Ibis 142: 324-327.

Rowe, S., I.L. Jones, J.W. Chardine, R.D. Elliot, and B.G. Veitch.  2000.  Recent changes in the winter diet of murres (Uria spp.) in coastal Newfoundland waters.  Canadian Journal of Zoology 78: 495-500.