Pallid Sturgeon Food Webs
From 2015-2017, I worked on a project headed by Eric Scholl on the Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers. I used GIS maps to quantify areas of backwater habitat at different distances from Fort Peck Dam. I paired these maps with invertebrate samples from three study sites below the dam to determine how invertebrate communities change due to impoundment. This is part of a larger study on the food resources of the endangered Pallid Sturgeon.
- Eric Scholl – Montana State University
- Nate Beckman – Montana State University
- Yuka Tsutsui – Montana State University
- Hailey Gelzer -Montana State University
- Wyatt Cross – Montana State University
Salmonfly Emergence Variability
I worked with Heidi Anderson at MSU in the Summer of 2016 to assess the population viability of salmonflies (Pteronarcys californica) in the Gallatin and Madison Rivers of southwestern Montana. The large hatches of salmonflies are an important food source for trout and as such bring many anglers to the state. However, some anglers believe hatches are smaller than in the past and it is our mission with this study to find out if that is true or not. We are conducting field work to assess the size of current hatches and stonefly health and comparing these to records from state agencies, private corporations, and individual anglers, guides, and fly shops.
- Heidi Anderson – Montana State University
- Lindsey Albertson – Montana State University