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Aquatic and Riparian Ecosystems
Aspects of the conservation biology of cutthroat trout are the focus of most of my research. Recently completed studies involved movement patterns, spatial and temporal population dynamics, or site fidelity of Colorado River and Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Wyoming, greenback cutthroat trout in Colorado, and Rio Grande cutthroat trout in New Mexico. New studies will address post-fire recolonization and population dynamics of stream fishes in Montana, and the meso-scale role of riparian vegetation in influencing fish abundance patterns. A related project is the development of pheromones as a tool to selectively remove nonnative fishes, or to attract reproductively mature individuals of desirable native species to establish broodstocks.
Gowan, C., M.K. Young, K.D. Fausch, and S.C. Riley. 1994. Restricted movement in resident stream salmonids: a paradigm lost? Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51: 2626-2637.
Young, M.K., technical editor. 1995. Conservation assessment for inland cutthroat trout. USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, Fort Collins, Colorado. General Technical Report RM-GTR-256.
Young, M.K. 1996. Summer movements and habitat use by Colorado River cutthroat trout in small, montane streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 53: 1403-1408.
Young, M.K., R.B. Rader, and T.A. Belish. 1997. Influence of macroinvertebrate drift and light on the activity and movement of Colorado River cutthroat trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 126: 428-437.
Young, M.K., K.A. Meyer, D.J. Isaak, and R.A. Wilkison. 1998. Habitat selection and movement by individual cutthroat trout in the absence of competitors. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 13: 371-381.
American Fisheries Society
Research Fisheries Scientist
USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
800 East Beckwith
Missoula, Montana 59807
Phone: (406) 542-3254
Fax: (406) 543-2663
USDA Forest Service - RMRS - RWU4352