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Montana Fish Research Activities

Tenderfoot Creek/Smith River,  Montana

Research at the Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit is problem oriented and provides our Cooperators (Montana State University; Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Geological Survey) and other agencies with useful and practical information needed to understand and manage fishery resources in the Rocky Mountains and northern Great Plains. Technical areas of special emphasis include whirling disease, native fish species restoration and management, large-river fish assemblages, sport fishery management, and regulated-river and reservoir fisheries.

Montana Fish Active Projects

Montana Fish Completed Projects

Montana Fish Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Koel, T. M., N. A. Thomas, C. S. Guy, P. D. Doepke, D. J. MacDonald, A. S. Poole, W. M. Sealey, and A. V. Zale. 2020. Organic pellet decomposition induces mortality of lake trout embryos in Yellowstone Lake. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 149:57-70.
  • Glassic, H. C., K. C. Heim, and C. S. Guy. 2019. Creating figures in R that meet the AFS style guide: standardization and supporting script. Fisheries 44:539-544.
  • Hansen, M. J., C. S. Guy, P. Budy, and T. E. McMahon. 2019. Trout as native and non-native species: a management paradox. Pages 645-684 in J. L. Kershner, J. E. Williams, R. E. Gresswell, and J. Lobón-Cerviá. Trout and char of the world. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
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Montana Fish Technical Publications

  • Doepke, P. D., T. M. Koel, C. S. Guy, A. S. Poole, N. A. Thomas, and A. V. Zale. 2017. Lake Trout suppression alternatives to gillnetting. Yellowstone Science 25(1):70-73.
  • Reinhold, A. M., R. G. Bramblett, and A. V. Zale. 2014. Anthropogenic habitat change effects on fish assemblages of the middle and lower Yellowstone River. Completion Report to the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Technical Advisory Committee, Yellowstone River Conservation District Council. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks University Research Completion Report Series Number 2014-01.
  • Zale, A., J. L. Smith, I. Handley, D. Letendre, and K. Mathers. 2013. A guide for transforming the culture of Montana State University by enhancing its diversity. ADVANCE Project TRACS, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.
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Montana Fish Theses and Dissertations

  • Lance, Michael J. 2019. Spatial and temporal variability in movements and vital rates of sympatric salmonids in an unfragmented, inland watershed. M.S. Thesis, Montana State University, Bozeman. 112 pages.
  • Duncan, Michael B. 2019. Distributions, abundances, and movements of small, nongame fishes in a large Great Plains river network. Ph.D. Dissertation, Montana State University, Bozeman. 261 pages.
  • Alex Poole. 2019. Evaluation of embryo suppression methods for nonnative lake trout in Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. M.S. Thesis, Montana State University, Bozeman. 108 pages.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 14

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 25

Presentations: 50


Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  2. Montana State University
  3. U.S. Geological Survey