My research consists of investigating the effects of hydraulic fracturing fluid flowback and produced water (FPW) on rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Rainbow trout and other salmonids are found across North America, including in waterways which overlap with hydraulic fracturing sites. As these sites are prone to spills, it’s important to understand the impacts of FPW on salmonid physiology.
My thesis consists of investigating whether FPWs have any impact on rainbow trout metabolism during exercise and to what extent are these effects (if any) impacted by metabolic fuel selection. My work consists of advance techniques in surgery and radioisotope infusion to assess metabolic fuel fluxes during active exercise.