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Development of a structured decision-making framework to guide translocation of imperiled aquatic species in the Roanoke and Dan river basins


August 2018 - January 2020


Translocation of wild or propagated animals is a potential tactic for mitigating extinction risks for several imperiled species in the Roanoke and Dan river basins (RDRB). Biologists must weigh the risks associated with a suite of linked decisions when considering translocation as a recovery tool. These decisions could be made more quickly, objectively, and transparently if based on criteria that were previously agreed-upon by species experts and pre-approved by management agencies. Project outcomes will include optimized translocation strategies for four local species, as well as a decision-support tool that can be used to weigh risks of translocations for many other aquatic species. The project is a collaboration among USGS, Georgia Southern University, and Virginia Tech.
(1) convene stakeholders to identify conservation goals, objectives, actions, and performance measures,
so success can be measured under alternative actions;
(2) synthesize stakeholder input and best available data regarding relationships between potential actions
and performance measures;
(3) develop demographic models to forecast conservation outcomes under alternative actions;
(4) use the models to recommend optimal strategies for meeting species-specific conservation objectives.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



Funding Agencies

  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey