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Asian Carp population ecology in tributaries of the upper Mississippi River


November 2013 - December 2018


Goals and Objectives:
- Evaluate influence of environmental covariates on occupancy and detection probabilities of Asian Carp
- Evaluate and compare temporal (e.g., seasonal and annual) trends in Asian Carp population characteristics (abundance, distribution, size structure, condition) and dynamics (growth, mortality, recruitment) among southeast Iowa tributaries and upper Mississippi River populations
- Evaluate patterns of large-scale spatial synchrony of dynamic rates (recruitment and growth) for Asian Carp populations among Midwestern Mississippi River watersheds.
- Evaluate Asian carp reproduction (fecundity, larval and juvenile densities) and recruitment in select Iowa rivers, including the Mississippi, Des Moines, Skunk, Iowa, and Cedar rivers.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 241

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 58

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 703

Scientific Publications: 1898

Presentations: 4321



  • Clay PierceCo-Principal Investigator
  • Carlos CamachoStudent
  • Chris SullivanStudent
  • Robert WeberStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Iowa Department of Natural Resources


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