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Development of habitat suitabaility index models for American Shad

Measuring water quality in the Roanoke River basin


August 2008 - June 2011


The goal of this project is to develop an updated habitat suitability model for American shad. Approaches to be used include developing a database of spawning locations; collecting and synthesizing information on American shad spawning, with emphasis on studies since the original HSI model was developed; and conducting workshop to review preliminary models.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Hightower J.E., J. E. Harris, J. K. Raabe, P. Brownell, and C. A. Drew. 2012. A Bayesian habitat suitability model for spawning American shad in southeastern United States rivers. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 3(2):184-198; e1944-687X. doi: 10.3996/082011-JFWM-047. Abstract |  Download  |  Publisher Website | 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4202



Funding Agencies

  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey