Current Research with the Missouri Cooperative Unit


Quantifying the Cost of Replacing Recreational and Subsistence Fisheries Caused by Climate Change

Recreational fishing is very popular in the US and Canada and provides a substantial economic benefit. Subsistence fisheries is also important to the livelihoods and culture of  Native Americanans and First Nations. However, there is concern that as fish communities may change in the future due to climate....

 

Habitat Use and Distribution of Lithophilic Spawning and
Riffle Fishes in the East Fork Black River


In July 2014, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a new license for Ameren Missouri (Ameren) to continue operation and maintenance of its Taum Sauk Pumped Storage Project.  Part of this requirement was to determine the use of coarse gravel from the reservoir’s sediment control sediment trap, particularly to enhance native fish spawning in downstream reaches were the river may be gravel starved...

Habitat Selection and Dispersal of Lake Sturgeon in Missouri River Tributaries

Lake Sturgeon have been listed as endangered in Missouri since 1974, and recovery efforts have been underway since the 1980s and have included primarily stocking fingerling fish in the mainstem big rivers and tributaries. However, there is a critical need to evaluate these management actions to guide future restoration efforts, particularly understanding the spawning requirements, dispersal, and movement of Lake Sturgeon in large river tributaries as MDC considers future recreational fisheries for Lake Sturgeon.....


Science to Inform Management of Floodplain Conservation Lands under Non-Stationary Conditions

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. The work is expressly focused on understanding and addressing managers’ information needs in dynami

 

Vulnerability of Aquatic Communities to Climate Change and Disturbance

The NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program is designed (in part) to elucidate the current variability in biotic metrics typically encountered within parks.  These results can be used with climate and land use scenarios to determine the vulnerability of aquatic biota to these changes.  We will leverage efforts by the NPS, USGS, and universities to identify 1) areas with stable aquatic communities, 2) aquatic communities vulnerable to climate and land use change, and 3) whether vulnerability to climate and land use change differs by ....

Conservation and Management of Missouri’s Mid-Sized Rivers: Development of Sampling Protocols and Application to Priority Watershed Rivers

Substantial monitoring and research has and is currently conducted on mainstem big rivers such as the Missouri and Mississippi and on smaller, wadeable streams but little information exists for the mid-sized rivers in Missouri (e.g., tributaries of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and other non wadeable rivers). However, these rivers ....

Identifying Relevant Recent Advances in Ecological Flow Linkages

Stream flow is a critical, yet complex driver of ecological processes in streams.  Numerous studies have attempted to identify metrics that best represent hydrologic alteration caused by dams, diversions, withdrawals, land use, and other anthropogenic activities.  However, there is no consensus on how these hydrologic indices are linked to ecological processes and fishes.  The science related to ecological flows is rapidly evolving and many studies....

Linking Habitat Features to Fish Movement and Dissolved Oxygen and River Flow in the Lower Osage River

Numerous flow management decisions are being made on rivers throughout the world and these decisions are increasingly incorporating consideration of the physical habitat needs of fish and other aquatic life. However, long term monitoring studies to detect response of fish species to new flow regimes are few, and there is little information to substantiate ecological response to flow alteration, and empirical models predicting ecological responses to various types ....


A Decision Support Mapper for Conservation of Stream Fish Habitats of the Northeast Climate Science Center Region

Changes in climate are anticipated to lead to additional changes in stream habitats and the fish assemblages they support via multiple pathways, including changing stream thermal regimes.  Accounting for current condition of and future changes in streams and understanding specific mechanisms by which streams are or may become impaired are essential for managing and conserving stream fishes ....

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 the effective conductivity for....

Development of a 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 the needs of migratory water birds is a priority on Missouri’s actively managed wetland areas, these floodplain conditions ....