Daniel Hayes

Daniel Hayes
Michigan State University | MSU · Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

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Publications (127)
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Commercial and recreational stone crab (Menippe mercenaria) fisheries primarily occur along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts of the southeastern United States and the northeastern Caribbean. The fishery is unique in that only the crabs' claws are retained and the animal is returned to the water alive. While the fishery is often regarded as su...
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Stream temperature is an important determinant of fish growth, migration, and survival and can thus impact the structure and function of stream ecosystems. Many streams in Michigan and elsewhere in North America receive groundwater inputs that help regulate instream conditions by stabilizing discharge as well as stream temperature. However, groundw...
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Stream temperature is a critical characteristic for aquatic ecosystems. Therefore, it is crucial to understand the factors that take place in thermodynamic processes in these ecosystems. Regression models are useful tools that help us comprehend and explain the drivers of these thermal processes since they can be used for quantifying the magnitude...
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Long-term fishery independent surveys provide metrics of relative abundance and contribute biological information critical to effective fisheries management. Improvements in technology and manufacturing processes have had profound effects on gear efficiency. In Lake Michigan, a standardized multi-agency fish community survey was adopted in 1998 whi...
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Stream temperature is an important determinant of fish growth, migration, and survival, and can thus impact the structure and function of stream ecosystems. Fluctuations in water temperature can occur spatially and temporally, occurring naturally or because of anthropogenic pressures. Many streams in Michigan and elsewhere in North America receive...
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Estimates of the number of successfully breeding adults (NS) in a population can predict levels of recruitment. However, assessments of NS are often difficult to obtain because encounters with adults are limited due to life history characteristics, low abundance, or other constraints associated with access to critical habitats. Alternatively, effor...
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Identification of lake trout spawning sites has focused on cobble substrates associated with bathymetric relief (e.g., ‘contour’ or ‘slope’ along reefs), but this ‘model’ may be narrow in scope. Previous telemetry work conducted near Drummond Island, USA, Lake Huron, identified egg presence in substrates at the base of large boulders (>1 m diameter...
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Early detection of an invasive species is the first critical step to managing their invasion. New Zealand mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum; hereafter NZMS) are a small gastropod native to New Zealand and a documented worldwide invader. Although many approaches for sampling NZMS have been used, no protocol has emerged as a standard for early dete...
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Experiential learning is a pedagogical technique that places students in direct contact with the material being studied. Students progress through four stages in a continuous cycle of learning. Because it is conceptualized as a continuous cycle, we question whether student comprehension varies according to where in the learning cycle they begin. Us...
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Adequate densities of zooplankton prey are critical for growth and survival of larvae of many fish species. Little information exists on the density of zooplankton in Great Lakes inshore areas during early spring, when larvae of important fishes rely on zooplankton. Reduced age-0 walleye recruitment and the absence of data on zooplankton availabili...
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Analytical methods that incorporate genetic data are increasingly used in monitoring and assessment programs for important rate functions of fish populations (e.g., recruitment). Because gear types vary in efficiencies and effective sampling areas, results from genetic‐based assessments likely differ depending on the sampling gear used to collect g...
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Marsh Bird Population Estimates to Inform Conservation Decisions in the Midwest. Prepared By: Michael J. Monfils1, Daniel B. Hayes2, Mohammed Al-Saffar3, Gregory J. Soulliere3, and Rachael Pierce4 1 Michigan Natural Features Inventory, Michigan State University Extension 2 Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife 3 U.S. Fis...
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Dams across the Great Lakes basin are nearing or beyond their original design life, posing both challenges and opportunities to natural resource managers. Ageing dams can be repaired to preserve function and maintain safety, removed to promote full connectivity or retrofitted with a fish passage structure to increase connectivity without reservoir...
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Fish assemblages in Atlantic coastal rivers have undergone extensive ecological change in the last two and a half centuries due to human influence, including extirpation of many migratory fish species, such as river herring (Alosa spp.) and introduction of nonnative piscivores, notably Smallmouth Bass Micropterus dolomieu. Recently, dam removals an...
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Invasive crayfishes have a strong negative effect on multiple trophic levels, including other crayfishes. However, documentation of the spread of non-native crayfish species and their impact on native crayfishes could be improved, particularly over large spatial scales in stream ecosystems. We collected crayfish and quantified habitat at 461 stream...
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Non-native invasive crayfish continue to threaten ecosystems across the globe. However, factors that increase the risk of these introductions and subsequent establishment have yet to be fully elucidated. This study takes place in the US state of Michigan, where in 2013 several carcasses of red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) were discovered at...
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Macrophyte removal by lakefront property owners occurs on glacial lakes throughout the range of Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides, yet little information exists on how it affects recruitment of these fish populations. We hypothesized that with greater prey availability in macrophytes, age‐0 Largemouth Bass consumption and growth would increase....
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Fish populations that exhibit movement patterns present challenges to fishery management. In the Inland Waterway in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, monitoring Walleye Sander vitreus population dynamics and harvest management is difficult because of seasonal intermixing among interconnected lakes. In addition, the presence of tribal subsistence...
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Abstract: The response of fish to human alterations of habitat conditions is of critical management and policy importance. For example, withdrawal of groundwater from stream ecosystems can result in altered thermal regimes, and changes in fish populations. A challenge for policy makers and managers, however, is the high degree of variability in fis...
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Numerous studies have linked land use/land cover (LULC) to aquatic ecosystem responses, however only a few have included the dynamics of changing LULC in their analysis. In this study, we explicitly recognize changing LULC by linking mechanistic groundwater flow and travel time models to a historical time series of LULC, creating a land-use legacy...
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The Laurentian Great Lakes are a source of nonnative species for smaller inland lakes throughout the region; however, the foraging ecology of predators in smaller systems invaded by nonnative species has not been well studied. We used diet and stable isotope analyses to describe the contributions of native and nonnative forage species to the diets...
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Fish often exhibit complex movement patterns, and quantification of these patterns is critical for understanding many facets of fisheries ecology and management. In this study, we estimated movement and fishing mortality rates for exploited walleye (Sander vitreus) populations in a lake-chain system in northern Michigan. We developed a state-space...
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The introduction of non-native species into the Great Lakes has altered the forage ecology and population demographics of native predators. The Great Lakes are a source of non-natives species for inland lakes throughout the region; however, there has been little study of the foraging ecology of predators in smaller systems invaded by non-native spe...
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Occupancy modeling has been applied to a wide variety of taxa and sampling methods, including bird point counts. A critical assumption of basic occupancy models is that sites are occupied throughout the duration of the study, which is unlikely to be true for typical bird point-count studies. As such, we evaluated the implications of mobile animals...
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Bird use of diked and undiked Michigan coastal wetlands (n = 17) was studied on Lake St. Clair and Lake Huron during late July to mid-October, 2005–2007. Relative abundance and diversity were compared via aerial (n = 9) and ground (n= 155) surveys and wetland characteristics were measured. Species richness and similarity indices suggested analogous...
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Science-based management of aquatic resources requires high-quality information that is readily available to managers and stakeholders. Collecting and distributing this information is an essential role of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and helps the DNR to fulfill its public trust mission. This report, Status and Trends of Michi...
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Spawning habits of fall Chinook salmon in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River have been documented with annual aerial surveys since 1948. We developed a series of models analysing these data, exploring the influence of environmental factors on the timing of redd construction. These models included a logistic regression and a dynamic modelling a...
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Uncertainty in the state of nature and how nature will react to management actions is unavoidable in natural resource management. We present three case studies that highlight common situations encountered by fishery managers and fishery scientists, and provide advice for new professionals. First, we contend that because uncertainty is unavoidable,...
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The Penobscot River drains the largest watershed in Maine and once provided spawning and rearing habitats to 11 species of diadromous fishes. The construction of dams blocked migrations of these fishes and likely changed the structure and function of fish assemblages throughout the river. The proposed removal of two main-stem dams, improved upstrea...
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We compared the efficiency of stratified random and fixed-station sampling designs to characterize fish assemblages in anticipation of dam removal on the Penobscot River, the largest river in Maine.We used boat electrofishing methods in both sampling designs. Multiple 500-m transects were selected randomly and electrofished in each of nine strata w...
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Dikes were built on Great Lakes coastal wetlands to enable water level management for wetland wildlife, particularly waterfowl, but few studies have compared bird use of these areas to undiked sites. During 2005–2007, we evaluated 9 diked and 7 undiked coastal wetlands at the St. Clair Flats (Lake St. Clair) and Saginaw Bay (Lake Huron) of Michigan...
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We incorporated explanatory factors including stream habitat type and fish density into individual-based models with dynamic connections among adjacent habitat units to infer dispersal behaviour of juvenile steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss in a Great Lakes watershed. We used mark–recapture data and an inverse modelling approach to estimate daily proba...
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The size and trophic structure of fluvial fish communities are driven by energy availability, competition, energy loss through trophic transfers, predation, and predator gape limitations. Size and trophic analyses can provide important information about overall food web structure and function of fish communities. Fish community assemblages were sam...
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Walleye represent the focus of a shared harvest fishery in the interconnected system of Mullett, Burt, Pickerel and Crooked Lakes (Michigan’s Inland Waterway). However, a walleye population estimate in 2009 in Mullett Lake was 82% lower than an estimate conducted in 1998, which spurred interest in factors affecting overall walleye recruitment in th...
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The secondary invasion of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) into Great Lakes tributaries may be causing changes to riverine food web dynamics. Previous studies have found elevated predation of round gobies by smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in many areas of the Great Lakes where they co-occur, but this relationship is relatively unknow...
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Monitoring to detect temporal trends in biological and habitat indices is a critical component of fisheries management. Thus, it is important that management objectives are linked to monitoring objectives. This linkage requires a definition of what constitutes a management-relevant “temporal trend.” It is also important to develop expectations for...
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Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisuga Lindinger) (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae) is an invasive forest insect established in the eastern United States and Canada. It predisposes American beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrhart) trees to infection by Neonectria spp. Fungi causing beech bark disease. White wax secreted by the diminutive scales obscures individual in...
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Partitioning total variability into its component temporal and spatial sources is a powerful way to better understand time series and elucidate trends. The data available for such analyses of fish and other populations are usually nonnegative integer counts of the number of organisms, often dominated by many low values with few observations of rela...
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Numerous studies have linked land use/land cover (LULC) to aquatic ecosystem responses. A common approach involves correlating current LULC within a specified area to current ecosystem condition. Several studies have highlighted the importance of representing groundwater geochemistry and transport delays in models of aquatic ecosystem response , ye...
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The removal of the numerous ageing dams in the United States has become an important stream restoration technique. The extent to which the ecological damage done to streams by dams is reversed upon removal is unknown, especially on decadal time scales. The objectives of this study were to determine if macroinvertebrate assemblages within rivers rec...
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The goals of this chapter are to provide fisheries personnel with a better understanding of sampling issues related to data collection and to present methods for determining appropriate sample sizes. Much of this chapter is devoted to a discussion of variability in data since, essential to any data collection, is an appreciation of variability. Thi...
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Lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens once were abundant throughout the Great Lakes basin but have been reduced to less than 1% of historical levels because of habitat degradation and overexploitation. Current management plans suggest stocking as a tool to increase abundance, but stocking also has genetic implications. The objectives of this study wer...
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Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisuga Lind.) (Hemiptera; Coccidae), an invasive insect associated with beech bark disease, was discovered in 2000 in a localized area of northwest Lower Michigan and one area in the eastern Upper Peninsula. From 2005 to 2009, we surveyed 809 sites in 73 Michigan counties to determine whether American beech (Fagus grandi...
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We investigated land use and land cover (LULC) effects, i.e., effects that perpetuate beyond an expected or perceived temporal endpoint, on the chemistry of 35 lakes in the Huron River Watershed, Michigan. Temporal changes in five time steps of LULC were represented by principal components, which were entered hierarchically into a multiple regressi...
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The Penobscot River drains the largest watershed in Maine, and once provided spawning and juvenile rearing habitats for migratory fish prior to dam construction in the 1800s. The removal of two main-stem dams and improved upstream fish passage at a third dam (between 2011 and 2014) should increase passage success for anadromous and resident fishes,...
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Research scholars in the fields of human dimensions, leisure and market research have identified many possible barriers to fishing participation including lifestyle, activity level, health, time and financial constraints. Two relatively recent sources of information related to angler demographic characteristics, fishing behavior and license purch...
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Partitioning total variability into multiple temporal and spatial sources (i.e., variance components) is a powerful approach to accommodate complex data structures. For example, an environmental state variable may vary among repeated samples from a single site, from site-to-site within a lake, from lake-to-lake, and over time. Models for estimating...
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Flows at Priest Rapids Dam on the Columbia River, U.S.A. are currently managed to protect the spawning, incubation, and rearing life-stages of Hanford Reach fall Chinook salmon. However, a thorough understanding of the relationship between flow and freshwater life-stage dynamics limits the ability of fisheries managers to evaluate alternative flow...
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Juvenile Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha in nearshore areas of Lake Washington, Washington, were studied to determine their depth distribution, substrate associations, and use of overhanging vegetation (OHV) and shoreline armoring. From March to May, juvenile Chinook salmon progressively shifted to deeper waters as they increased in size. A...
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We examined statewide time series (1940s–2002) of mean length at ages 2, 3, and 4 for seven fish species sampled from Michigan and Wisconsin inland lakes for temporal trends. We used a components of variance approach to examine how total variation in mean length at age was partitioned into lake-to-lake, coherent temporal, ephemeral temporal, trend,...
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The parameters of the allometric equation used to describe the length–weight relationship in fish are usually estimated by linear regression of log-transformed data. Simulation of length–weight regressions showed that for sample sizes commonly encountered in fisheries research, estimates of the intercept are biased high. In contrast with this, esti...
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The parameters of the allometric equation used to describe the length–weight relationship in fish are usually estimated by linear regression of log-transformed data. Simulation of length–weight regressions showed that for sample sizes commonly encountered in fisheries research, estimates of the intercept are biased high. In contrast with this, esti...
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Population viability analysis is a useful tool to explore the relationship between extinction risk and population size, but often does not include genetic factors. Our objectives were to determine minimum viable population size (MVP) for lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) and examine how inbreeding depression may affect MVP. Our individual-based...
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A rich body of literature exists to support the concept of angler populations as a collection of heterogeneous subgroups. Information about the number, size and desires of angler subgroups provides fisheries managers with a better understanding of the resource needs and impacts of anglers on fishery resources. We implemented a state-wide mail surv...
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Fishery-independent surveys are widely used to collect data on yellow perch and walleye across the Great Lakes basin. Although used to fulfill many objectives, one of the most common uses of survey data is to infer changes in relative abundance over time, based on indices such as catch per effort (CPE). However, our ability to detect changes in CPE...
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Although dam removal has been increasingly used as an option in dam management and as a river restoration tool, there are few studies providing detailed quantitative assessment of the response of fish populations to dam removal. In this study, we document the response of the fish community in the Pine River, Michigan, to the gradual removal of Stro...
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Background/Question/Methods The legacy of past land use/cover plays a driving role in current ecosystem state. In addition to correlative relationships, we begin to uncover a mechanistic relationship between lake water characteristics and land use/cover legacies via groundwater pathways. We use a novel combination of principal components analysis...
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Traditional methods for modeling growth of free-ranging fish are often limited by missing recapture observations that prevent individual growth estimates for a given time interval. Our purpose is to present a method for modeling growth rates of juvenile steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) that addresses this limitation. Age-1 juvenile steelhead were in...
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Uncertainty in population parameters can make managing fisheries difficult, especially for long-lived species such as lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens. Models can be used to explore population parameter uncertainty and how uncertainty affects demographic and genetic population outputs through the use of sensitivity analyses. The objective of this...
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Although dam removal has been increasingly used as an option in dam management, and as a river restoration tool, few studies provide detailed quantitative assessment of the geomorphological response of rivers to dam removal. In this study, we document the response of the Pine River, Michigan, to the gradual removal of Stronach Dam. In 1996, prior t...
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One of the major challenges facing fishery scientists and managers today is determining how fish populations are influenced by habitat conditions. Many approaches have been explored to address this challenge, all of which involve modeling at one level or another. In this paper, we explore a process-oriented model approach whereby the critical popul...
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To predict effects of modifying the daily bag limit (DBL) on management of Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha and alewives Alosa pseudoharengus, we analyzed harvest and effort data collected from both charter and noncharter anglers during 1997–2005 in Michigan waters of Lake Michigan. Overall, the percent of anglers who caught the DBL of three...
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Recent field studies have suggested that the dynamics of West Nile virus (WNV) transmission are influenced strongly by a few key super spreader bird species that function both as primary blood hosts of the vector mosquitoes (in particular Culex pipiens) and as reservoir-competent virus hosts. It has been hypothesized that human cases result from a...
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We examined diets of fishes from gillnet and egg pump collections conducted on reefs in western Lake Erie during walleye (Sander vitreus) egg incubation periods from 1994–1999 and 2004 to assess incidence of walleye eggs in fish diets. We collected no potential egg predators in samples taken in 1994 but from 1995–1999 and in 2004 we caught 22 diffe...
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Yellow perch in Inner Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, can be difficult to manage because they exhibit wide variation in abundance and individual growth rates over time, therefore continuously changing their role in the ecosystem and their fishery value. Our study objective was to identify the processes (recruitment, survival and fecundity) that most likel...
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Even though many different methods are used to sample fish populations, their habitats, and anglers, sampling plans often share common traits. The appropriate gear and protocol to collect data are important, but the sampling design and the characteristics of the population determine the statistical properties of the estimates obtained. Similarly, w...
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We sampled ten sites within the Pine River watershed, Alcona County, Michigan. In 2001, age-0 steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were collected to determine growth rates. In 2002, emergence dates of steelhead were determined by observational studies and age-0 steelhead and brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) were collected to determine growth rates. S...
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e c o l o g i c a l m o d e l l i n g 1 9 6 (2 0 0 6) 256–264 a v a i l a b l e a t w w w . s c i e n c e d i r e c t . c o m j o u r n a l h o m e p a g e : w w w . e l s e v i e r . c o m / l o c a t e / e c o l m o d e l a b s t r a c t Interpolation is a type of modeling that can be used to estimate habitat variables throughout a stream based o...
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The river continuum concept is an overarching paradigm in stream ecology, but the concept makes no provision for adventitious streams (i.e., low-ordered tributaries to larger rivers). We examined the fish community and habitat of the fifth-order mainstem, two second-order adventitious tributaries to the mainstem, and three second-order headwater st...
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Multilevel data structures are those that have a hierarchical structure, in which response variables are measured at the lowest level of the hierarchy and modeled as a function of predictor variables measured at that level and higher levels of the hierarchy. For example, a multilevel data structure may consist of measurements taken on individual fi...
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Low-head barriers used in the control of parasitic sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in the basin of the Laurentian Great Lakes can alter the richness and composition of nontarget fishes in tributary streams. Identification of taxa sensitive to these barriers is an important step toward mitigating these effects. Upstream-downstream distributions of...
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Dams provide many benefits to society, yet they have profound impacts on aquatic ecosystems. In addition to blocking fish migration, small surface-release dams on coldwater streams generally increase water temperature below the dam. The goal of this study was to evaluate how small, surface-release dams affect fish communities, separating the total...
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Lake Erie walleye Sander vitreus exhibits significant interannual variability in year-class strength. Recent research revealed the importance of larval growth and survival rates in determining walleye year-class strength in western Lake Erie, indicating that spatial and temporal overlap of larvae with good habitat conditions (e.g., abundant prey, w...
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Ecological health may be described as a product of system function, structure, and resilience to disturbance. Measures of ecological function, including abundance, productivity, and biomass, are relatively simple to obtain in the field, as are measures of structure, such as species richness and diversity. However, determination of resilience is les...
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We evaluated habitat features (i.e., substrate particle size, water depth, water velocity) at spawning redds and randomly selected reference locations (where spawning activity was not apparent) to determine importance of these features to rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) spawning habitat use in the Pere Marquette River, Michigan, 1997 to 1999. R...