Stream Food Webs and Habitat Restoration Techniques
As part of my master’s degree at Utah State, I am examining how nuisance algae blooms change aquatic habitats and alter stream food webs. The goal is to see if treating these algae blooms is an effective way to restore habitat in the Kootenai River basin of Montana, Idaho, and British Columbia. Partners include: USU, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, British Columbia Parks, & the USGS.
Advisors: Janice Brahney & Phaedra Budy
Technicians: Jon McFarland & Vanessa Bustamante
Funding: USU, MFWP, BC Parks, USGS
Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species
I am using the R coding language to determine why some Montana lakes are especially susceptible to illegal fish introductions. My project partner is Sam Bourret (MFWP).
Clancy, N.G. and S.L. Bourret. In prep. Prioritizing Montana lakes for prevention of illegal fish introductions. For submission to the North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
Prioritizing Conservation Efforts
To combat the decline of animal populations, I am trying to help develop new management approaches and help prioritize where conservation actions may be the most effective, especially in a warming climate.
The Effective Biologist:
Advice from Montana’s Fisheries Professionals
At the 2018 annual meeting of the Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, a theme that arose was the social side of a biologist’s job. For the most part, biologists largely felt they had been adequately trained in scientific and statistical techniques through their formal education, but not the personal skills such as communicating ideas, working with other groups, and developing strong social aptitude. I’m attempting to help remedy this situation by interviewing more than twenty of Montana’s most experienced current and retired biologists about such topics. The goal is to produce a small publication that will better prepare young biologists, such as myself, for the job ahead.