Current/Recent Research Projects
Here is a list of the titles of some of the research projects on which my students and I are working or have recently worked. If you are interested in any of them, send me an email for more information.
- Effects of low-use locks on threatened and endangered species (This includes study of fishes below the dam as well as along the entire river).
- Using bioenergetics to address the effects of temperature and flow on fishes in the Harris Dam tailrace.
- Exploring the use of hard part microchemistry to evaluate fish movement among areas in the Harris Dam tailrace
- Blueback herring in Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama: How does this introduced prey species interact with resident prey and sport fishes?
- Quantifying temperature and metabolic patterns for non-game riverine fishes, with potential for assessing fish tolerances below dams.
Some Recently Completed Projects:
- Mollusk survey in the Coosa River below Logan Martin Dam.
- Evaluation of the freshwater mussel community in the Weiss Bypass Reach of the Coosa River, Alabama after initiation of a minimum flow.
- Evaluation of the freshwater and estuarine fishes in Alabama after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Assessing southern flounder populations in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
- Determination of species-specific dissolved oxygen and temperature requirements for non-game riverine fishes.
- Assessing enhancements to recreational fishing ponds using stable isotope analyses.
- The role of yellow perch in Lakes Martin and Yates, Alabama.
- Re-establishing long distance fish migration pathways: feasibility of passing fish through two Alabama River lock structures.
- The relationship between shoreline development and resident fish communities in Lake Martin, Alabama.
- Searching for additional populations of Tulotoma magnifica in tributaries of the Coosa River, Alabama.
- Largemouth bass in the Mobile River Delta: information needed for managing this unique resource.
- Evaluating changes in the Tulotoma magnifica populations in the Coosa River and its tributaries during 1992 through 2004.
- Evaluating movement patterns in estuarine fishes: application of microchemical techniques to fish otoliths.
- Mercury in the Mobile-tensaw Delta: using fish otoliths to explore bioaccumulation patterns.