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Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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Managing the Nations Fish Habitat at Multiple Spatial Scales in a Rapidly Changing Climate


March 2010 - March 2013


The goal of this project is to provide guidance to aquatic resource managers and decision makers for managing this habitat and their associated aquatic communities. Our proposed research will inform management and conservation efforts performed at multiple spatial scales, ranging from the regional prioritization of critical aquatic habitats to local population dynamics of ecologically and economically valuable fish species. An important first step in managing the nation’s fish habitat is a comprehensive assessment of the current state of habitat at national, regional and local scales. Successful management of aquatic habitat will also require a capacity to forecast changes in habitat as result of future changes in climate, land-use, and other natural and anthropogenic factors. Successful conservation and management will need to determine what are the critical habitat and resource strategies to conserve in order to maintain freshwater biodiversity, freshwater fisheries and ecosystem function in the future.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Pease, A., and C. Paukert. 2014. Potential impacts of climate change on growth and prey consumption of stream-dwelling smallmouth bass in the central United States. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 23:336-346.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 240

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 52

University Staff: 245

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 702

Scientific Publications: 1948

Presentations: 4253



  • Craig PaukertPrincipal Investigator
  • Allison PeaseStaff
  • Jake FaulknerStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Climate Change Science Center


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey