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Simon Jones


Phone: (250) 729-8351
Fax: (250) 756-7053
Region: Pacific
Office: Pacific Biological Station

Field(s) of Research:
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Animal Health
  • Biotechnology/ Genomics

Research Description:
Dr. Jones research falls into three closely related areas associated with infectious disease in fish. Structural and genomic characterization of microbial pathogens assists in identifying the pathogen, provides measures of variability among geographic isolates and allows us to predict how the organism may interact with the host. Secondly, studies are conducted to better understand the type of immune responses elicited by particular fish pathogens. These may be non-specific (e.g. macrophage activity) or specific (serologic and lymphoid-associated) and will differ according to the pathogen in question (virus, bacteria, parasite). Finally, research is directed at the development of immunisation strategies that enhance resistance within a population through the administration of vaccines or immunostimulants. Dr Jones was a senior research scientist in the aquaculture vaccine industry before coming to the Pacific Biological Station.

  • Ph.D. (1990)
Professor at:
  • University of Victoria, Department of Biology.
  • Vancouver Island University
Centre(s) of Expertise:
  1. Comparative efficacy of formalin, freshwater and hydrogen peroxide against Gyrodactylus corti (Monogenea) on captive wolf-eels (Anarrhichthys ocellatus)
  2. Disease management mitigates risk of pathogen transmission from maricultured salmonids
  3. Population ecology and epidemiology of sea lice in Canadian waters
  4. Sea lice monitoring and non-chemical measures A: Biology of sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis and Caligus spp. in western and eastern Canada
  5. Signatures of resistance to Lepeophtheirus salmonis include a TH2-type response at the louse-salmon interface
  6. Spatial patterns of sea lice infection among wild and captive salmon in Western Canada
  7. Transcriptomic responses to emamectin benzoate in Pacific and Atlantic Canada populations of salmon lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis with differing levels of drug resistance
  8. Comparative transcriptomics of Atlantic Salmo salar, chum Oncorhynchus keta and pink salmon O. gorbuscha salmon during infections with salmon lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis
  9. Detection of a parasitic amoeba (Order Dactylopodida) in the female gonad of oysters in Brazil
  10. Supplementary description and phylogenetic placement of Gyrodactylus corti (Monogenea: Gyrodactylidae) parasitizing captive wolf-eel Anarrichthys ocellatus in British Columbia
  11. Development of the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis and its effects on juvenile sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka
  12. Effects of temperature, diet, and bivalve size on the ingestion of sea lice (Lepeophtheirus salmonis) larvae by various filter-feeding shellfish
  13. Modeling parasite dynamics on farmed salmon for precautionary conservation management of wild salmon
  14. Sea lice - impacts on wild salmonids and salmon aquaculture
  15. Sea lice infestations on juvenile chum and pink salmon in the Broughton Archipelago, Canada from 2003 to 2012
  16. Comment on "Evidence of farm-induced parasite infestations on wild juvenile salmon in multiple regions of coastal British Columbia, Canada"
  17. Comparative defence-associated responses in salmon skin elicited by the ectoparasite Lepeophtheirus salmonis
  18. Dietary nicarbazin reduces severity of Kudoa thyrsites (Myxozoa: Multivalvulida) in Atlantic salmon Salmo salar post smolts
  19. Genomic resources for sea lice: analysis of ESTs and mitochondrial genome
  20. Molecular phylogeny of Gyrodactylus (Monogenea) parasitizing fishes in freshwater, estuarine, and marine habitats throughout temperate Canada
  21. Parasites and hepatic lesions among pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) during early seawater residence
  22. Stock delineation of migratory and resident Pacific hake in Canadian waters
  23. The diversity of microsporidia in parasitic copepods (Caligidae: Siphonostomatoida) in the northeast Pacific Ocean
  24. Transcriptomics of coping strategies in free-swimming Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Copepoda) larvae responding to abiotic stress
  25. Differentiating size-dependent responses of juvenile pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) to sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis infections
  26. Geographic and host distribution patterns of Parvicapsula minibicornis (Myxozoa) small subunit ribosomal RNA genetic types
  27. Geographical variation in spore morphology, gene sequence and host susceptibility of Myxobolus arcticus (Myxozoa) infecting salmonid nerve tissues
  28. Mechanisms of resistance among salmon to the parasitic copepod Lepeophtheirus salmonis to
  29. Pathways of effects between wild and farmed finfish and shellfish in Canada: potential factors and interactions impacting the bi-directional transmission of pathogens
  30. Sphaerospora elwhaiensis sp. n. (Myxosporea: Sphaerosporidae) from landlocked sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka (Salmoniformes: Salmonidae) in Washington State, USA
  31. The Winter Infection of Sea Lice on Salmon in Farms in a Coastal Inlet in British Columbia and Possible Causes
  32. The diversity of sea lice (Copepoda: Caligidae) parasitic on threespine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus in coastal British Columbia
  33. Do salmon lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis have a role in the epidemiology of amoebic gill disease caused by Neoparamoeba perurans?
  34. First isolation of Pseudocohnilembus persalinus (Ciliophora: Scuticociliatida) from freshwater-reared rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss
  35. Predation intensifies parasite exposure in a salmonid food chain
  36. Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae in spawning pink salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, in the Quinsam River, British Columbia, Canada
  37. A large, natural infection of sea lice on juvenile Pacific salmon in the Gulf Islands area of British Columbia, Canada
  38. Controlling salmon lice on farmed salmon and implications for wild salmon
  39. Infection threshold to estimate Lepeophtheirus salmonis associated mortality among juvenile pink salmon
  40. EST and mitochondrial DNA sequences support a distinct Pacific form of salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis
  41. Early development of resistance to the salmon louse Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Kr°yer) in juvenile pink salmon Oncorhynchus gorbuscha (Walbaum).
  42. Exposure to high temperature influences the behaviour, physiology, and survival of sockeye salmon during spawning migration
  43. Influence of reduced feed ration on Lepeophtheirus salmonis infestation and inflammatory gene expression in juvenile pink salmon
  44. Perspectives on pink salmon and sea lice: scientific evidence fails to support the extinction hypothesis
  45. A proposed life history strategy for the salmon louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis in the subarctic Pacific Ocean
  46. Chicken-derived IgY recognizes developing and mature stages of Loma salmonae (Microsporidia) in Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus spp
  47. Development of an RNA and DNA based quantitative PCR assay for detection and quantitation of Kudoa thyrsites in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.)
  48. Differential expression of the proinflammatory cytokines IL-1β-1, TNFα-1 and IL-8 in vaccinated pink (Ocorhynchus gorbuscha) and chum (Oncorhynchus keta) salmon juveniles
  49. Differential rejection of Lepeophtheirus salmonis by pink and chum salmon: disease consequences and expression of proinflammatory genes
  50. Flesh Quality of Market-Size Farmed and Wild British Columbia Salmon
  51. The abundance and distribution of Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Copepoda: Caligidae) on pink Oncorhynchus gorbuscha and chum O. keta salmon in coastal British Columbia
  52. A new parvicapsulid (Myxosporea) species in adult pink salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha from the Quinsam River, British Columbia, Canada
  53. Exceptional production of pink salmon in 2003/2004 indicates that farmed salmon and wild Pacific salmon can coexist successfully in a marine ecosystem on the Pacific coast of Canada
  54. Experimental infections with Lepeophtheirus salmonis (Kr°yer) on threespine sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus L. and juvenile Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus spp
  55. Infestation of motile salmon lice on Pacific salmon along the west coast of North America
  56. The occurrence of Lepeophtheirus salmonis and Caligus clemensi (Copepoda: Caligidae) on threespine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus in coastal British Columbia
  57. Absence of polar capsule, polar filament and valve surface epitopes in early developmental stages of Kudoa thyrsites in Atlantic salmon smolts
  58. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of Kudoa thyrsites in Atlantic salmon Salmo salar
  59. Epitopes associated with mature spores not recognized on Kudoa thyrsites from recently infected Atlantic salmon smolts
  60. The effects of controlled Parvicapsula minibicornis infection on metabolic rates and swimming performance of adult Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka Walbaum)
  61. Abnormal migration timing and high enroute mortality of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River, British Columbia
  62. Development and application of a salmonid EST database and cDNA microarray: data mining and interspecific hybridization characteristics
  63. Microarray analyses identify molecular biomarkers of Atlantic salmon macrophage and hematopoietic kidney response to Piscirickettsia salmonis infection
  64. Parvicapsula minibicornis in anadromous sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) and coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) salmon from tributaries of the Columbia River
  65. Pink salmon action plan: sea lice on juvenile salmon and some non-salmonid species in the Broughton Archipelago in 2003
  66. Preferential amplification of parasitic protistan small subunit rDNA from metazoan tissues.
  67. Proliferative renal myxosporidiosis in adult coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) in British Columbia and Washington
  68. The effect of IP vaccination and SW entry on immunocompetence and susceptibility to Kudoa thrysites in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
  69. Duration and method of fixation affects the sensitivity of a digoxygenin-labelled DNA probe in detecting Kudoa thyrsites in Atlantic salmon skeletal muscle
  70. The distribution, prevalence and severity of Parvicapsula minibicornis infections among anadromous salmonids in the Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada
  71. Epidemiology of Parvicapsula minibicornis in Fraser River sockeye salmon
  72. Ichthyophonus hoferi in British Columbia stocks of Pacific herring (Clupea harengus pallasi) and its infectivity to chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
  73. Ribosomal DNA sequences indicate isolated populations of Ichthyophonus hoferi in geographic sympatry in the northeastern Pacific Ocean
  74. The first case of rickettsial infections in farmed Atlantic salmon in eastern North America
  75. Cohabitation transmission of infectious salmon anaemia virus among freshwater-reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)
  76. Experimental vaccination against Loma salmonae using a low virulence variant of L. salmonae
  77. Ichthyophonus and chronic bacterial infections in commercially important rockfishes (Sebastes spp.) in the eastern North Pacific Ocean
  78. Identification and characterization of segments 3 and 4 of the ISAV genome
  79. Isolation of a Loma salmonae variant with preference for salmonids of the genus Salvelinus
  80. The occurrence and mechanisms of innate immunity against parasites in fish
  81. Vaccination of freshwater-reared Atlantic salmon reduces mortality associated with infectious salmon anemia virus
  82. Virulence and pathogenicity of infectious salmon anemia virus isolated from farmed salmon in Atlantic Canada
  83. Induced resistance in rainbow trout to gill disease associated with the microsporidian gill parasite Loma salmonae
  84. Virulence and antigenic characteristics of a cultured rickettsiales-like organism isolated from farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in eastern Canada
  85. Experimental infection and horizontal transmission of Piscirickettsia salmonis in freshwater raised Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar
  86. In vitro infection of a cell line from Ictalurus nebulosus with Piscirickettsia salmonis
  87. Modulation of carp (Cyprinus carpio) cellular immune function caused by the blood parasite, Trypanoplasma borreli
  88. Morphology and infectivity of cultivated Trypanosoma ambystomae
  89. Effects of inoculum route and dose on the immune response of common carp, Cyprinus carpio to the blood parasite, Trypanoplasma borreli
  90. The biology of Trypanosoma burresoni n. sp. from the American eel (Anguilla rostrata)
  91. Antigenic characterization of cultured trypanosomes isolated from three species of fishes
  92. Vector specificity of Trypanosoma catostomi and its infectivity to freshwater fishes
  93. Culture characteristics of Trypanosoma catostomi and Trypanosoma phaleri from North American freshwater fishes
  94. Development and infectivity of Trypanosoma phaleri in leech and fish hosts
  95. Cryptobia cataractae from the blood of Semotilus atromaculatus: structure and division in the fish
  96. Redescription of the leech, Desserobdella phalera (Graf, 1899) n. comb. (Rhynchobdellida: Glossiphoniidae), with notes on its biology and occurrence on fishes
  97. The biology of Trypanosoma phaleri n. sp. from bowfin, Amia calva L. in Canada and the United States
  98. Use of kidney impressions for the detection of trypanosomes of anura
  99. The immune response of rainbow trout Salmo gairdneri Richardson to the haemoflagellate Cryptobia salmositica
  100. Trypanosoma chattoni Mathis and Leger 1911 in Rana pipiens of southern Ontario: morphometrics and a description of the division process
  101. Immunosuppression in rainbow trout Salmo gairdneri Richardson caused by the haemoflagellate, Cryptobia salmositica Katz, 1951
  102. Hexamita intestinalis Dujardin in the blood of frogs from southern and central Ontario
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