Overview: Aquatic biota is particularly vulnerable to climate change and its associated effects, but these effects, both distributional and physiological, will differ by species and region. Approximately 50 percent of available cold and cool water fish habitats are expected to disappear with projected doubling of atmospheric CO2, while warm water fish habitat is expected increase by 31 percent. Inland fish species, and their associated fisheries, are especially vulnerable to climate changes, both distributional and ....
The objective of this project is to formalize understanding of science information needs for management of conservation lands on large-river floodplains under non-stationary climatic and land-use conditions. The work is necessary to establish a firm foundation for development of cost-effective, relevant floodplain science to inform management....
Development of fish and amphibian rapid assessment protocol for wetlands: linking management to wetland system processes
Manipulating water levels within wetland complexes mimics wetland ecosystem processes to ensure habitat conditions vary both in time and space to benefit a wide range of wetland-dependent species. Although providing seasonally flooded habitats to accommodate...
Identifying electrofishing capture-prone response thresholds for catfish and smallmouth bass in Missouri
Standardization of electrofishing output will minimize bias, reduce variation in catch, and allow for more valid spatial and temporal comparisons of sample data, regardless of the electrofishing control box used. Biologists need to know how conductivity of the water relates to....
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On June 13, 2016, Craig Paukert and former post doc James Whitney were part of a capitol hill briefing to congressional staffers how climate change may affect inland fish and fisheries. The briefing was hosted by the American Fisheries Society and the US Geological Survey. The story can be found here.
Craig Paukert and US Geological Survey collaborator Abigail Lynch were co-editors on the July 2016 special issue of Fisheries on climate change. The issue features four primary peer reviewed manuscripts that were authors or coauthored by Paukert, Lynch, former MU post doc James Whitney, and many other collaborators. The story can be found here.
Craig Paukert was recently interviewed for the Public News Service to discuss the impacts of climate change on Missouri fish and wildlife. The story can be found here.
James Whitney, post-doctoral researcher, and Craig Paukert’s collaborative climate change and inland fish and fisheries projects has received national attention is was on the front page of the USGS webpage in summer 2015. The story can be found here.
In addition, Craig and James were featured as the ‘Collaborators of the Month’ in August 2015 in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources News.
Jacob Westhoff’s research was highlighted on the Star-Oddi newsletter as he used their tags to monitor temperature use of smallmouth bass.
The work of post-doctoral researchers Kristen Bouska, and Garth Linder, working with Craig Paukert and USGS collaborator Robb Jacobson were featured by the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources for their work on how climate change may affect floodplains of big rivers.