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Alexander Zale

Al Zale


  • Ph D University of Florida 1984
  • MS Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1980
  • BS University of Massachusetts 1978


Aquatic wild life conservation, restoration, and management. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Formerly AUL/F at the Oklahoma Unit.

Research Interests

Aquatic wild life conservation, restoration, and management: native fishes, prairie fishes, thermal ecology, sport and commercial fishery management, population dynamics and effects of exotic fishes, effects of environmental degradation and habitat on recreational salmonid fisheries, Central American fisheries.

Teaching Interests

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (WILD 525)

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - created the logo for the 2017 Western Division AFS meeting (June 2016 - August 2016)
  • American Fisheries Society - Member, Meeting Oversight Committee (August 2004 - August 2009)
  • American Fisheries Society - Member, Presentation and Poster Guidelines Committee (September 2005 - September 2008)
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Research Publications

  • Tornabene, B. J., M. E. Jaeger, R. G. Bramblett, M. Nelson, N. McClenning, T. Watson, A. Ankrum, K. Frazer, A. M. Reinhold, and A. V. Zale. 2019. Riverine turtles select habitats maintained by natural discharge regimes in an unimpounded large river. River Research and Applications
  • Thomas, N. A., C. S. Guy, T. M. Koel, and A. V. Zale. 2019. In-situ evaluation of benthic suffocation methods for suppression of invasive Lake Trout embryos in Yellowstone Lake. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39:104-111.
  • Uthe, P., R. Al-Chokhachy, B. B. Shepard, A. V. Zale, and J. Kershner. 2019. Effects of climate-related stream factors on patterns of individual summer growth of Cutthroat Trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 148:21-34.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (2018)
  • Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (2016)
  • Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (2015)
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Montana Fish Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Alexander ZaleInvited Panelist, Panel Discussion entitled "The future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem can be as diverse as we make it" at the 14th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem ( - September 2018)
  • Alexander ZaleMember, Nation Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE panel (October 2017 - November 2017)
  • Alexander ZaleChair, USGS RGE Panel (July 2016 - January 2017)
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Montana Fish University Committees and Workgroups

  • Alexander ZaleMember, Enhancing Cultural Attunement Team, Montana State University Project TRACS (June 2011 - 2017)
  • Alexander ZaleChair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Montana State University (October 2014 - June 2017)
  • Alexander ZaleMember, Montana University System Water Center Review Committee, Montana State University (July 2011 - September 2011)
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Technical Publications

  • Doepke, P. D., T. M. Koel, C. S. Guy, A. S. Poole, N. A. Thomas, and A. V. Zale. 2017. Lake Trout suppression alternatives to gillnetting. Yellowstone Science 25(1):70-73.
  • Reinhold, A. M., R. G. Bramblett, and A. V. Zale. 2014. Anthropogenic habitat change effects on fish assemblages of the middle and lower Yellowstone River. Completion Report to the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Technical Advisory Committee, Yellowstone River Conservation District Council. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks University Research Completion Report Series Number 2014-01.
  • Zale, A., J. L. Smith, I. Handley, D. Letendre, and K. Mathers. 2013. A guide for transforming the culture of Montana State University by enhancing its diversity. ADVANCE Project TRACS, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 16

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 15

Scientific Publications: 23

Presentations: 45

Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  2. Montana State University
  3. U.S. Geological Survey