Ken Zillig

Ken Zillig

Graduate Group in Ecology
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

UC Davis

I conduct metabolic experiments to determine interpopulation variation among Chinook salmon across the west coast. Using swim tunnels I am able to determine how fish energy budgets change across environmental temperatures and am looking for signals of local adaptation. Ultimately I hope this research will aid ecosystem managers in setting temperature regulations that protect the intrinsic diversity of Chinook salmon. 

I was fortunate to join Anne Todgham and her B-207 research team on their 2018 Antarctic expedition. Located at McMurdo station on the Ross Sea we conducted a suite of physiological and behavioral experiments meant to determine how juvenile Antarctic fish will respond to the mixed stressors of environmental warming and ocean acidification.