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

Colorado Project

Colorado Plains Fish Optimal Monitoring

September 2013 - June 2016


Participating Agencies

  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife

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. Collaboration/Partners: 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 Publications Publication Date
Broms, K.M., M.B. Hooten, and R.M. Fitzpatrick. (2016). Model selection and assessment for multi­species occupancy models. Ecology, 97: 1759-1770. December 2016
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. December 2015