Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Arizona
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Arizona Project

Use of High-Definition Video Technology to Acquaint the Public with Cryptic Desert Fishes of the Southern Nevada/Death Valley Region

June 2016 - December 2020


Participating Agencies

Arizona Coop Unit student walking across the floor of Death Valley on the way to sample a remote desert spring.

Desert fishes are cryptic, and infrequently seen by the public. Apathy of the public toward these fishes and their ecosystems hinders their conservation. Fortunately, advanced technological means to acquaint the public with these species is becoming increasingly common. We are creating low-cost educational videography presentations featuring the unique and often rare desert fishes of Nevada and Death Valley. Here we provide examples of high-definition underwater and aerial footage possible with current low-cost, advanced technology. Techniques used to collect this footage are specifically tailored to be used by field biologists when creating educational presentations. In conjunction with this high-definition, we are testing the inclusion of various widely recognized social psychology principles to maximize presentation effectiveness. Low cost technology, especially when combined with the use of easy to include psychological principle, can provide spectacular visual results and could potentially serve as an effective tool to acquaint the public with rare desert fishes. Data collection on this project for the testing of the inclusion of social psychology techniques is now ongoing. A thesis and publication are underway. Partners include USFWS and NDOW.

Research Publications Publication Date
Ulrich, T. L., and S. A. Bonar. 2020. Inexpensive, Underwater Filming of Rare Fishes in High Definition. Fisheries 45:121-130. March 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Ulrich, T. L., S. A. Bonar, C. M. Sheehy, and D. Bogner. 2016. Use of high-definition video technology to acquaint the public with cryptic desert fishes of the southern Nevada/Death Valley region. 48th Annual Meeting of the Desert Fishes Council, 15-19 November, 2016, Albuquerque, New Mexico. (contributed Oral Presentation) November 2016
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Ulrich, T. L. 2018. Using high-definition underwater videography and social psychology to increase publish interest in rare fishes. MS Thesis. University of Arizona, Tucson December 2018