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Matt Groce

Matthew Groce

ORISE Technology Transfer Specialist (R1/R4/R6/RMRS)
322 E Front Street
United States

Phone: 208-373-4369
Fax: 208-373-4391
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Curriculum vitae (130 KB PDF)

Current Research

I am an Aquatic Ecologist by training and have a diverse array of field, professional, and educational experience throughout the western US. While much of my past research has focused on freshwater ecology and the conservation of salmonids, I am genuinely excited to work out of the Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab, where I will be working with scientists throughout Regions 1, 4, and 6. One of my passions is science communication and I will be involved with facilitating manager-researcher collaboration to identify and deliver relevant research tools and procedures, as well as communicating and distributing all of the great research and technical tools produced by scientists with diverse backgrounds in these regions. Away from work, I enjoy being outside and pursue mountain biking, snowboarding, backpacking, camping, flyfishing, and love to explore amazing new places.

Research Interests

My primary research interests involve the interaction between physical, chemical, and biological components of aquatic ecosystems; ecology and conservation of riverine ecosystems and the organisms inhabiting them; interaction of stream fishes with their habitat at different spatial and temporal scales; quantifying and explaining spatial heterogeneity in aquatic ecosystems; spatial ecology, connectivity, and fragmentation in freshwater ecosystems; impacts of nonnative species on native fish assemblages

Past Research

Elwha River dam removal baseline data collection, Olympic National Park long-term fisheries monitoring, bull trout distribution, assessment of fish species translocations, occupancy modeling, Hood Canal hypoxic zone, spatial analysis of nonpoint source pollution

Why This Research is Important

My research attempts to provide a better understanding of stream habitat and aquatic ecosystems. Science delivery is an essential part of the mission of RMRS. My goal is to help promote quality research so that we can keep good science into the forefront of RMRS, and eventually put this important research into practice by resource managers in our forests


  • Colorado State University, M.S. Aquatic Ecology 2011
  • Western Washington University, B.S. Environmental Science (GIS & Chemistry) 2006

Professional Organizations

  • American Fisheries Society, Affiliate Member (2009 - Current)
  • Ecological Society of America, Affiliate Member (2009 - Current)
  • North American Benthological Society, Affiliate Member (2009 - Current)

Last updated on : 05/08/2015