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Effects of the Reservoir Headwater Environment on Survival and Behavior of Larval Sturgeon

Shovelnose sturgeon from the Marias River, MT


December 2007 - October 2011


Our goal is to determine the fate and behavior of larval pallid sturgeon and shovelnose sturgeon in a reservoir headwater. The results from this study will address the contemporary theory that sturgeon larvae drift in to reservoirs and succumb to mortality, thus the lack of sturgeon recruitment is a function of drift distance and reservoir headwater environments.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 100

Masters Students: 237

Phd Students: 155

Post Docs: 56

University Staff: 246

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 714

Scientific Publications: 1979

Presentations: 4410



Funding Agencies

  • Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey