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Demographic status and population genetic differentiation of Candy Darter populations in Virginia


July 2016 - December 2019


(1) Document spatiotemporal shifts in occupancy and suitability of riffles in Stony Creek and Cripple Creek.
(2) Monitor populations to estimate relative population size for use in demographic projections and assessment of population viability.
(3) Estimate life-history attributes such as fecundity, age-specific survival, annual recruitment, and age structure.
(4) Analyze molecular and life-history data to define demographic and evolutionarily significant units for the species and to estimate genetic diversity and effective population size.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 13

Scientific Publications: 72

Presentations: 118



Funding Agencies

  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries


Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  4. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  5. Wildlife Management Institute