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Montana Fish Research Activities

Tenderfoot Creek/Smith River,  Montana

Research at the Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit is problem oriented and provides our Cooperators (Montana State University; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Geological Survey) and other agencies with useful and practical information needed to understand and manage fishery resources in the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains. Technical areas of special emphasis include whirling disease, native fish species restoration and management, large-river fish assemblages, sport fishery management, and regulated-river and reservoir fisheries.

Montana Fish Active Projects

Montana Fish Completed Projects

Montana Fish Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Holmquist, L. M., C. S. Guy, M. A. H. Webb, and A. Tews. 2018. First maturity and spawning periodicity of hatchery-origin pallid sturgeon in the upper Missouri River above Fort Peck Reservoir, Montana. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 34: 1-11.
  • Tornabene, B. J., R. G. Bramblett, A. V. Zale, and S. A. Leathe. 2018. Factors Affecting Nesting Ecology of Apalone spinifera in a Northwestern Great Plains River of the United States. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 17:63-77. doi:10.2744/CCB-1298.1
  • Reinhold, A. M., G. C. Poole, R. G. Bramblett, A. V. Zale, and D. W. Roberts. 2018. Cumulative effects of side-channel plugs on whole-floodplain side-channel habitat loss. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 190:305
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Montana Fish 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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Montana Fish Theses and Dissertations

  • Allison Stringer. 2018. Status of Northern Pearl Dace and chrosomid dace in prairie streams in Montana. M.S. Thesis, Montana State University, Bozeman.
  • Dutton, A. J. 2018. Feeding ecology and food-web interactions of the fish assemblage in the upper Missouri River and lower Yellowstone River with an emphasis on pallid sturgeon conservation. Master's thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman.
  • McCullough, A. R. 2017. Relations among Arctic grayling, nonnative salmonids, and abiotic conditions in the Big Hole River, Montana. Master's thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 15

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 21

Presentations: 51


Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

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