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.....
The objective of this project is to formalize understanding of science information needs for management of conservation lands on large-river floodplains under non-stationary climatic and land-use conditions. The work is necessary to establish a firm foundation for development of cost-effective, relevant floodplain science to inform management....
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. ***We are seeking a post doc to help in this effort. Start date would be around March 2017. See here for details.***
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 of the water relates to....
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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 is 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.