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Daniel Weaver

Daniel Weaver

Education

  • MS North Carolina State University 2010
  • BS Virginia Tech 2007

Biography

I joined the Maine Coop Unit and WFCB dept. in the summer of 2013. I'm originally from Virginia but spent the last six years in North Carolina. I'm interested in fish and freshwater mussels, stream communities, and biotic interactions in riverine systems integrating basic and applied ecology. In my free time I enjoy running, hiking, and kayaking.

Research Interests

I am researching the ecological role of sea lamprey as a functional link between fresh water and marine ecosystems. The delivery and timing of marine-derived nutrients and energy (MDNE), from post-spawning carcasses, may be a critical process in stream food webs. We also wish to characterize the role of larvae or "ammocoetes" and their capacity to retain MDNE within streams. From our empirical results, we can develop models that predict minimum spawning sizes necessary to yield ecologically significant nutrient enriching effects, identify pathways by which MDNE are incorporated into stream biota, and quantify ammocoete feeding and metabolism. These studies may assist state and federal agencies and conservation groups in fisheries management decisions and determine whether actions should promote sea lamprey restoration as an integral component of dam removal and rehabilitation of other anadromous fishes.

Research Publications

  • Weaver, D.M. and T.J. Kwak. 2013. Assessing Eefects of stocked trout on nongame fish assemblages in southern Appalachian Mountain streams. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 1495-1507.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 8

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 15

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 26

Scientific Publications: 64

Presentations: 213

 

Contact Information

Tel: (207) 581 - 1340

Advisors

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute