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Fisheries: awae research subject areas


AWAE Fisheries research looks at watershed processes and aquatic ecology to guide management of aquatic ecosystems and water/soil resources. Scientists develop knowledge of the biophysical conditions and processes that influence water quality and quantity, aquatic habitat quality, and the distribution, diversity, and persistence of fish and other aquatic species.

Fisheries Biologists (profile pages)

bulletDan Isaak

bulletHugo Magana

bulletBruce Rieman

bulletRuss Thurow

bulletMichael Young

 

 

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bulletOther Species

bulletStream Temperature


featured Science

 

Climate Change

 

 

 

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Bull Trout and Climate Change - Risks, Uncertainties and Opportunities for Mapping the Future

Bull trout are a federally listed, native charr species distributed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Among the critical requirements for this species are a need for large, interconnected habitats of cold water. Much uncertainty exists regarding the future of bull trout and their habitats given environmental trends associated with a warming climate and increasing fire activity. Presentations at this symposium provide an overview of bull trout, their relationship to climate, and alternatives for modeling future habitat and population distributions.

 

Videos and Abstracts of the 2008 Western Division Meeting of the American Fisheries Society

 

 

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Monitoring Bull Trout Populations

Bull trout are native to much of the Pacific Northwest, but population declines during the 20th century prompted listing under the Endangered Species Act. Several national forests have also selected bull trout as a Management Indicator Species, which makes monitoring a priority. Monitoring protocols have traditionally focused on tracking site level abundance, but these approaches can be costly to apply across broad areas and are being replaced in some instances by distributional monitoring. Researchers at the Boise Aquatic Sciences Lab have adapted distributional approaches for bull trout to create a monitoring protocol that can be applied rapidly and inexpensively while providing powerful trend detection across broader areas relevant to land management.

 

Science Briefing  |  A Watershed-scale Monitoring Protocol for Bull Trout (RMRS-GTR-224)

 

 

Species Distribution Uncertainty

Species Distribution Uncertainty

Forecast of species distributions under future climates are inherently uncertain; nonetheless, uncertainty in species distributions should be taken into consideration in conservation planning and reserve design.

 

Science Briefing

 

 

Climate Change and Rocky Mountain Native Trout

Climate Change and Rocky Mountain Native Trout

Rapidly warming climates across the Rocky Mountains threatens many populations of native fishes. Models predict large reductions in native trout across the Rocky Mountains in the 21st century.

 

Science Briefing 

 

 

Climate Change and Fish Conservation

Climate Change and Fish Conservation

Rapidly warming climates across the Rocky Mountains threatens many populations of native fishes. Models predict large reductions in native trout across the Rocky Mountains in the 21st century.

 

Science Briefing 

 

 

Species Distribution Uncertainty

Species Distribution Uncertainty

Forecast of species distributions under future climates are inherently uncertain; nonetheless, uncertainty in species distributions should be taken into consideration in conservation planning and reserve design.

 

Science Briefing

 

 

Movement and Capture Efficiency of Radio-Tagged Salmonids

Movement and Capture Efficiency of Radio-Tagged Salmonids

RMRS fishery biologists assess how characteristics of radio-tagged fish and habitat influence the probability and extent of movement and probability of capture during electrofishing.

 

Science Briefing

 
 

Other Species

 

Detecting Rare Species Using Environmental DNA (eDNA)

Detecting Rare Species Using Environmental DNA

Environmental DNA is being rapidly adopted as a tool to detect rare or difficult to detect species.

 

Science Briefing

 

 

DNA Barcoding At Riverscape Scales

DNA Barcoding At Riverscape Scales

DNA analysis shows abundant biodiversity among sculpin species and scientists reveal a newly discovered species.

 

Science Briefing

 
 
 
Stream Temperature

 

 

 

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Stream Temperature Modeling

Stream thermal regimes are important within regulatory contexts and strongly affect aquatic ecosystems. Numerous approaches have been developed for modeling stream temperatures, but broad application of these models to USFS lands has been constrained by data limitations and poor predictive ability. RMRS scientists have developed an approach to modeling stream temperatures that requires a minimum of field effort by using existing temperature records in combination with GIS and remote sensing technologies. The approach is being applied in a central Idaho watershed to map thermal habitat networks for native fish species, but could also be used to forecast future habitat distributions, improve understanding of factors affecting stream temperatures, determine compliance with water quality standards, or optimize temperature sampling strategies. 

Science Briefing  |  Stream Temperature Modeling Website

 
 

Research Subject Areas

 

AQUATIC ENVIRONMENTS AND....

 

bulletAquatic Ecology

bulletAtmospheric Sciences

bulletBiogeochemistry

bulletClimate Change

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Engineering

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Fire & Fuels

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Fisheries

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Geomorphology

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Hydrology

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Plant Physiology

bulletSediment & Erosion

bulletSpatial Analysis

bulletWater & Watershed Processes

 

Resources

 

Stream Temperature Modeling Website


River Bathymetry Toolkit (RBT)

 

Bull Trout and Climate Change - Risks, Uncertainties and Opportunities for Mapping the Future

 

Western Watersheds and Climate Change Workshop - November 17-19, 2009


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