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Effects of reservoir productivity and zooplankton composition on paddlefish population dynamics

Measuring a paddlefish from Keystone Reservoir.


August 2010 - December 2012


This study will investigate how resevoir producitivity (nutrient loading and chlorophyl) and zooplankton composition, especially the invasive species Daphnia lumholtzi, affects age, growth, and relative abundance of paddlefish Polyodon spathula.

Research Products and Activities


  • Nealis, A. 2013. Characteristics of two self-sustaining populations of paddlefish in northeast Oklahoma. Master's thesis, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 7

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 90

Presentations: 170



  • James LongPrincipal Investigator
  • Ashley NealisStudent

Funding Agencies

  • Cooperative Research Unit Program


Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  2. Oklahoma State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute