Overview: There is no comprehensive assessment of how climate change affects inland fisheries at a global scale. We will focus on developing and implementing a global assessment of climate change on inland fish and fisheries that builds on a similar assessment in North America. The outcomes of this project will help future inland fisheries management and conservation efforts by identifying the current state of knowledge related to climate change and inland fish and fisheries and identify knowledge gaps and management needs in this area.....
Evaluation of the bonus fishery created by the low-density stocking of Striped Bass in Bull Shoals Lake
Creating Striped Bass fisheries in reservoirs throughout the United States produces popular fishing opportunities for local anglers, non-local fisherman, and often supports businesses offering guided fishing services. As the Striped Bass fishery develops ...
Climate change may lead to changes in the fish communities and fish distributions that may lead to changes in recreational and subsistence fisheries, and thus there is a need to establish the cost of replacing these losses.
Identifying electrofishing capture-prone response thresholds for catfish and smallmouth bass in Missouri
Standardization of electrofishing output will minimize bias, reduce variation in catch, and allow for more valid spatial and temporal comparisons of sample data, regardless of the electrofishing control box used. Biologists need to know how conductivity ....
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Craig Paukert received the Gold Chalk Award from the University of Missouri on April 25, 2018. This award recognizes MU faculty who have made significant contributions to the education and training of graduate and professional students. Selection of award recipients is made by the Graduate Professional Council. This award is only given to four faculty throughout the University of Missouri each year. Craig received the award in the category of Natural and Mathematical Sciences.
Craig Paukert was part of a Congressional Staffer Briefing April 12, 2018 on the effects of extreme events (e.g., floods, drought, wildlife, and hurricanes) on fishes. The briefing, hosted by Sen. Peters from Michigan and co-sponsored by USGS and the American Fisheries Society, was well received and addressed a diversity of questions from staffers related to working with partners, ensuring our science is relevant, Asian carp invasions, and water infrastructure.
Corey Dunn (PhD student with Craig Paukert) received the Winemiller Excellence Fund Data Analytics Award at the University of Missouri. The award is given one faculty, research staff, or student for their excellence in analytics or quantitative analysis, and is facilitated through the Department of Statistics and Marketing. Corey received the award for his innovative tool to help fisheries managers select the appropriate sampling protocol to collect fishes under a variety of objectives. .
Research being conducted by graduate students Zach Morris and Mike Thomas of standardizing electrofishing for bass and catfish was highlighted in the August 2017 issue of the Missouri Conservationists (see page 4)
Craig Paukert was part of a collaboration that resulted in a publication highlighted by the USGS national Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center in July 2017. The new paper synthesized the documented and projected impacts of climate change on inland fish worldwide.
The Wildlife Management Institute's June 2017 issue of the Outdoor News Bulletin featured the work of Craig Paukert and collaborators on how climate change may affect inland fishes: https://wildlifemanagement.institute/outdoor-news-bulletin/june-2017/high-temps-low-water-inland-fish-face-uncertain-future
Research by Craig Paukert and collaborators on the effect of climate change on inland fish was highlighted in the January 2017 Environmental Protection Agency Fish and Shellfish Program newsletter (see page 5)
On June 13, 2016, Craig Paukert and former post doc James Whitney were part of a capitol hill briefing to congressional staffers how climate change may affect inland fish and fisheries. The briefing was hosted by the American Fisheries Society and the US Geological Survey. The story can be found here.
Craig Paukert and US Geological Survey collaborator Abigail Lynch were co-editors on the July 2016 special issue of Fisheries on climate change. The issue features four primary peer reviewed manuscripts that were authors or coauthored by Paukert, Lynch, former MU post doc James Whitney, and many other collaborators. The story can be found here.
Craig Paukert was recently interviewed for the Public News Service to discuss the impacts of climate change on Missouri fish and wildlife. The story can be found here.
James Whitney, post-doctoral researcher, and Craig Paukert’s collaborative climate change and inland fish and fisheries projects has received national attention was on the front page of the USGS webpage in summer 2015. The story can be found here.
In addition, Craig and James were featured as the ‘Collaborators of the Month’ in August 2015 in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources News.
Jacob Westhoff’s research was highlighted on the Star-Oddi newsletter as he used their tags to monitor temperature use of smallmouth bass.
The work of post-doctoral researchers Kristen Bouska, and Garth Linder, working with Craig Paukert and USGS collaborator Robb Jacobson were featured by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources for their work on how climate change may affect floodplains of big rivers.