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Distribution of Golden Alga in Brazos River and Rio Grande Basins


June 2015 - May 2017


The distribution of the highly toxic golden alga will be determined in streams and reservoirs of the Brazos River and Rio Grande basins (Texas and New Mexico), including ecologically key sites previously unexplored. Highly sensitive eDNA techniques will be used, and the abundance of the alga will be analyzed in the context of water quality. Knowledge derived from this study may be useful for controlling the further spread of the highly toxic golden alga and for remediation of affected habitat.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 6

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 39

Scientific Publications: 79

Presentations: 169



Funding Agencies

  • Texas Tech University


Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Texas Parks and Wildlife
  2. Texas Tech University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute