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Development of habitat suitabaility index models for American Shad

Measuring water quality in the Roanoke River basin


August 2008 - June 2011


The goal of this project is to develop an updated habitat suitability model for American shad. Approaches to be used include developing a database of spawning locations; collecting and synthesizing information on American shad spawning, with emphasis on studies since the original HSI model was developed; and conducting workshop to review preliminary models.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Hightower J.E., J. E. Harris, J. K. Raabe, P. Brownell, and C. A. Drew. 2012. A Bayesian habitat suitability model for spawning American shad in southeastern United States rivers. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(2):184-198; e1944-687X. doi: 10.3996/082011-JFWM-047. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 95

Presentations: 154



Funding Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute