Habitat Change & Fish Communities
As part of my master’s degree at Utah State University, I am examining the impacts of nuisance algae blooms on the fish community of the Kootenai River basin. Partners include: USU, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, & the USGS.
Advisors: Janice Brahney & Phaedra Budy
Technician: Jon McFarland
Funding: USU, MFWP, USGS
Analysis of Illegal Fish Introductions
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).
Bourret, S.L. and N.G. Clancy. Submitted. Using forensic geochemistry to investigate an illegal fish introduction. Canadian Journal of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences.
Managing for Multiple Species
To combat the decline of animal populations, I am trying to help develop new fisheries management approaches.
Clancy, N.G. 2017. Can amphibians help conserve native fishes? Fisheries 42(4): 327-331.
Ecology of Forgotten Wildlife: Book
I am currently working on a book about non-game wildlife and how we can better conserve them. Examples of very important non-game species include: salamanders, sea otters, shrimp, dung beetles, hippopotami, prairie dogs, mosquitoes, and alligators.
I’m hoping to eventually publish with Milkweed Editions or a similar publisher.
Social Aspects of Fisheries: Interviews
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.