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Res. Unit NE-4251
201 Holdsworth NRC
Univ. of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9285

(413) 545-0357

Fax: 413-545-1860

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[Photo]: Gonzalo A. Mendez

Gonzalo A. Mendez

M.S. candidate, OEB
Univ. of Masschusetts, Amherst

My area of research is fisheries biology, primarily in lotic systems. For my research project, I am interested in detecting the fragmentation effects culverts produce on small fish populations. A culvert is a connection conduit, found at the intersection of a road and a small stream, which allows continuous flow of water throughout the year. From an engineering perspective, a "good" culvert is one that effictively accomplishes this task with a minimum of cost and maintenance. However, from a biological perspective, a "good" culvert is one that does not stop the "flow" of biological material through a continuous habitat matrix such as a stream. I am working in upland streams located within the boundaries of the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont and the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. The streams are located in four different basins of the Connecticut River Watershed. My goal is to help aid aquatic habitat planning and restoration in eastern National forests.


  • Obstruction of fish passage
  • Population genetics


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