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Colorado Plains Fish Optimal Monitoring


September 2013 - June 2016


Problem statement:

Plains fishes in Eastern Colorado represent and important set of aquatic species that are undergoing population changes due to ongoing land use and environmental changes.

So What? Why this research matters:

The ability to formally make inferences about large-scale spatial distributions of these fishes is critical for understanding their ranges and for future monitoring efforts.


This project was in collaboration with scientists at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Research That Informs Decisions:

We reconciled a massive data set collected by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to estimate and understand the influences on Colorado Plains fishes and developed a statistical rigorous monitoring strategy for ongoing field sampling of these species in Colorado.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Broms, K.M., M.B. Hooten, R.M. Fitzpatrick, and H. Crockett. (2015). Status of native fishes in the South Platte River basin in Eastern Colorado. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, In Review.
  • Broms, K.M., M.B. Hooten, R.M. Fitzpatrick. (In Review). Optimal adaptive sampling design for occupancy monitoring. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Broms, K.M., M.B. Hooten, and R. Fitzpatrick. (2015). Accounting for imperfect detection in Hill numbers for biodiversity studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 6: 99-108.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 82

Presentations: 91



Funding Agencies

  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  2. Colorado State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute