Dr. Tim Parsons has over 150 primary publications in biological oceanography, fisheries oceanography, fisheries management and marine pollution research.  Some of the publications below are available for download in PDF format.

Some selected publications in aquatic science

Parsons, T.R., K. Stephens and J.D.H. Strickland. 1961 On the chemical composition of eleven species of marine phytoplankton. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada, 18: 1001-1016.Parsons, T.R. and J.D.H. Strickland. 1962 On the production of particulate organic carbon by hetertrophic processes in sea water. Deep-sea Res.8: 211-222.

Parsons, T.R., R.J. LeBrasseur and J.D. Fulton. 1967 Some observations on the dependence of zooplankton on the cell size and concentration of phytoplankton blooms. J. Oceanogr. Soc. Japan.23: 10-17.

Sheldon, R.W. and T.R. Parsons. 1967. A continuous size spectrum for particulate matter in the sea. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada.. 24: 909-915.

Parsons, T.R. 1969 The use of particle size spectra in determining the structure of a plankton community. J. Oceanogr. Soc. Japan.. 24: 172-181.

Parsons, T.R. 1970. Plankton, pollution and fish in the Strait of Georgia. Western Fisheries., 80: 18-22.

Parsons, T.R. and G.C. Anderson. 1970. Large scale studies of primary production in the North Pacific Ocean. Deep-Sea Res. 17: 765-776.

Parsons, T.R., C.D. McAllister, R.J. LeBrasseur and W.E. Barraclough. 1972. Use of nutrient enrichment of Sockeye Salmon nursery lakes (a preliminary report). Mar. Poll. Sea Life. Fishing News (U.K.). 519-523.

Parsons, T.R., K. Stephens and M. Takahashi. 1972. The fertilization of Great Central Lake. I. The effect of primary production. Fish Bull. 70: 13-23.

Parsons, T.R. and M. Takahashi. 1973. Environmental control of phytoplankton cell size. Limnol. Oceanogr. 18: 511-515.

Parsons, T.R., P.J. Harrison and R.Waters. 1978 An experimental simulation of changes in diatom and flagellate blooms. J. Exp. Mar. Biol. Ecol. 37: 285-294.

Parsons, T.R. 1979. Some ecological, experimental and evolutionary aspects of upwelling ecosystems. S. African J. Sci. 75: 536-540.

LeBrasseur, R.J., C.D. McAllister and T.R. Parsons. 1979. Additions of nutrients to a lake leads to greatly increased salmon catch. Environ. Cons. 6: 187-190.

Parsons, T.R., L.J. Albright, F. Whitney, P.J. Leb. Williams and C.S. Wong. 1981 The effect of glucose on the productivity of sea water: An experimental approach using controlled aquatic ecosystems. Mar. Environ. Res. 4.: 229-242.

Parsons, T.R., J. Stronach, G.A. Borstad, G. Louttit and R.I. Perry. 1981. Biological fronts in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia, and their relation to recent measurements in primary productivity. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 6: 237-242.

Mysak, L.A., W.W. Hsieh and T.R. Parsons. 1982. On the relationship between interannual baroclinic waves and fish populations in the northeast Pacific. Biol. Oceanogr. 2: 63-103.

Parsons, T.R., R.I. Perry, E.D. Nubbrown, W. Hsieh and C.M. Lalli. 1983. Frontal zone analysis at the mouth of Saanich Inlet, British Columbia. Mar. Biol. 73: 1-5.

Parsons, T.R., T.A. Kessler and Li Guanguo. 1986 An ecosystem model analysis of the effects of mine tailings on the euphotic zone of a pelagic ecosystem. Acta. Ocean. Sinica. 5: 425-436.

Parsons, T.R. and T.A. Kessler. 1986. An ecosystem model for the assessment of plankton production in relation to the survival of young fish. J. Plankton Res. 9: 125-137.

Parsons, T.R. 1988. Trophodynamic phasing in theoretical, experimental and natural ecosystems. J. Oceaongr. Soc. Japan. 44: 94-101

Parsons, T.R. 1988. Fisheries Oceanography. In: Ocean and Coastal Zone Development. 5: 25-28 (in Chinese).

Parsons, T.R. and C.M. Lalli. 1988. Comparative oceanic ecology of the plankton communities of the subarctic Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Annu. Rev. 26: 317-359.

Parsons, T.R., D.G. Webb, B.E. Robeby, M. Lawrence, B.E. Hopky and D.B. Chiperzak. 1989. Autotrophic and heterotrophic production in the Mackenzie River/Beaufort Sea esturary. Polar Biol. 9: 261-266.

Parsons, T.R., B.E. Rokeby, C.M. Lalli and C.D. Levings. 1990 Experiments on the effects of salmon farm wastes on plankton ecology. J. Plankton Soc. Japan. 37: 49-57.

Parsons, T.R. 1992 The removal of marine predators by fisheries and the impact on trophic structures. Mar. Poll. Bull. 25: 51-53.

Parsons, T.R. and Y-L. Chen. 1994 Estimation of trophic efficiency, based on the size distribution of phytoplankton and fish in different environments. Zool. Studies. 33: 296-301.

Parsons. T.R. and Y-L. Chen. 1995 Comparative ecology of a subarctic and tropical estuarine ecosystem as measured with carbon and nitrogen isotopes. Est. Coast. Shelf Sci. 41: 215-224.

Parsons, T.R. 1996 The impact of industrial fisheries on the trophic structure of marine ecosystems. In: Marine Food Webs- Integration of Patterns and Dynamics. Ed: G.A. Polis and K.O. Winemiller. Publ. Chapman Hall (NY). p. 352-357.

Parsons, T.R. 1996 Taking stock of fisheries management. Fish. Oceanogr. 5: 224-226.

Ianson, D., S. Pond and T. Parsons. 2001 The spring phytoplankton bloom in coastal temperate ocean: Growth criteria and seeding from shallow embayments. J. Oceanography. 57: 723-734.

Parsons, T.R. 2002 Future needs for biological oceanographic studies in the Pacific Ocean. PICES Scientific Report. No.22: 35-42.

Parsons, T.R. and C.M. Lalli. 2002 Jellyfish population explosions: Revisiting a hypothesis of possible causes. La Mer. 40: 111-121.

Boreo, F., J. Bouillon, C. Gravili, M.P. Miglietta, T. Parsons and S. Piriano. 2008. Gelatinous plankton: irregularities rule the world (sometimes). Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 356: 299-310.

Parsons, T.R. and F.A. Whitney. 2012 . Did volcanic ash from Mt Kasatochi in 2008 contribute to a phenomenal increase in Fraser River sockeye salmon (Oncohynchus nerka) in 2010? Fish. Oceanogr. 22: 1-4.

Parsons, T.R. 2012. Experimental Verification of Fisheries Environment. In: “Fisheries Handbook” Ed. H. Seki. Publ. Kodansha Scientific Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. 1-7. (In Japanese)

Parsons, T.R. and F. Whitney. 2014. On the effect of the Kasatochi volcano on the large return of sockeye salmon (Oncorhychus nerka) to the Fraser in 2010. Fish. Oceanogr. 23:101-102.

Cohen Commission Submission

Parsons, T.R. 2010.  Gulf of Alaska salmon production. Cohen. Comm. Submission #0044. (accessed 27 June 2013).


Strickland, J.D.H. and T.R. Parsons. 1972. (2nd Edition) A practical handbook of sea-water analysis. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada. 167: 311 pp.

Parsons, T.R., M. Takahashi and B. Hargrave. 1977. (3rd edition) Biological Oceanographic Processes. Publ. Pergamon Press (Oxford) 332 pp. (also available in Japanese and Russian).

Parsons, T.R., Y.Maita and C.M. Lalli. 1984. A manual of biological and chemical methods for seawater analysis. Publ. Pergamon Press (Oxford) 173 pp. (also available in Chinese)

Lalli, C.M. and T.R. Parsons 1996 Biological Oceanography: An Introduction. Publ. Butterworth/Heinemann, (Oxford) 406 pp. (also available in Japanese and Chinese)

P.J. Harrison and T.R. Parsons (Eds) 2001 Fisheries Oceanography: An integrative approach to fisheries ecology and management. Publ. Blackwell Sci. (Oxford) 346 pp.

Other selected publications

Parsons, T.R. 1972. Why does the West insist insist on exporting a socio-economic system? Sci. Forum. 29: 11-15.

Parsons, T.R. 1975. Biological Oceanography in Canada. A Perspective and Review. J. Fish. Res. Bd. Canada.32: 2231-2283.

Parsons, T.R. and B. Harrison. 1981. Energy utilization and evolution. J. Social. Biol. Structures. 4: 1-5.

Parsons, T.R. 1985. Hypothesis testing and rigorous statistics as criteria for research proposals. La Mer. 23: 109-110.

Parsons, T.R. 1992. The role of environmental groups in the management of the marine habitat. Proc. Adv. Mar. Tech. Conf.(Tokyo, Japan) 5: 1-13

Parsons, T.R. and H. Seki. 1995. A historical perspective of biological studies in the ocean. Aqua. Living Resources. 8: 113-122.

Parsons, T.R. 2002. Dare to be Different. Tsukuba J. Biol. 1: 32-33.

Parsons, T.R. 2002-03. Oceanography in the Service of Fisheries. J. Business Admin. and Policy Anal. 30-31:223-237.