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Aquatic & fishery science research at AWAE focuses on the environmental factors responsible for the creation, maintenance, and regulation of fish populations and their interactions in aquatic ecosystems. Topics covered range from zoogeographic descriptions, to detailed characterizations of populations and their habitats, to an understanding of ecosystem processes and influences on resource distributions, abundance, and productivity. Research places an increasing emphasis on predictive modeling, visualization products, and decision support systems to improve predictions about the magnitude and extent to which human activities and natural changes influence fish populations and aquatic ecosystems. Examples of previous projects and ongoing research include: the bull trout eDNA project, impacts of cattle grazing on stream fishes, and the impacts of nonnative species on native fish assemblages.
AWAE scientists have broad research interests in fisheries, with an overall emphasis on the conservation of fish populations and aquatic ecosystems (stream temperature, hydrology, water quality). Our research strives to gain a better understanding of the interaction between stream fishes and their habitat at different spatial and temporal scales. AWAE scientists actively involved in this research include: