State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2012MT273B
Title: Student Research Fellowship: Invisible impacts of changing stream conditions: nongame fish assemblage response to changing stream temperatures
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2012
End Date: 2/28/2013
Congressional District: at large
Focus Categories: Conservation, Climatological Processes
Keywords: fisheries, species
Principal Investigator: LeMoine, Michael
Federal Funds: $ 2,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 840
Abstract: The overall research goal is to understand the composition and changes in cryptic nongame fish species composition associated with increases in temperature. The investigator will address this research goal with two specific research objectives:

  1. Define the cryptic species, their distributions, and habitat use by describing currently unknown sculpin species within the Clark Fork River basin (and determine their status as a likely exotic species).
  2. Assess potential responses of sculpin assemblages to temperature gradients through determining thermal tolerances and temperature-dependent competition. Link these results with current distributions to explore the vulnerability to these species to changing stream temperatures.

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