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

Arkansas Project

Exploring assumptions of community occupancy models in stream systems

August 2019 - May 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
  • University of Arkansas

Occupancy analyses provide a sufficient tool to determine the distribution and abundance of species across a landscape as well as how certain habitat and environmental factors could affect that species. Occupancy methods have not been widely used in stream systems, and especially in stream communities. Thus, we plan to use field surveys and mathematical modeling approaches to explore the influence of a suite of habitat and environmental characteristics on the distribution of stream communities in the Ozarks.