I study how biotic communities respond to anthropogenic disturbances and natural conditions in an effort to better understand how to manage ecosystems for the persistence and health of fish and wildlife. For about 20 years, my research has been focused on community assessments across large landscapes, although I have also worked on individual species. Typically, I work in collaboration with other researchers to address local, regional, and national research needs of land managers by leveraging existing datasets.
Stream temperature models were developed for streams throughout the Central Plains (CP) and Ozark Plateau (OP) ecoregions of Missouri. Mean monthly accuracy was similar for both ecoregions however the OP varied seasonally as predicted due to the confounding influence of spring water. Blue lines represnt the annual mean RMSE for each subregion. Improved measures for groundwater inputs would improve model reliability in the OP. The map shown here depicts mean maximum July temperatures.
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