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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: 2

Masters Students: 15

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 22

Presentations: 49



Funding Agencies

  • Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks


Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

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