Assessing variability in fish populations
August 2020 - August 2022
- U.S. Geological Survey CFWRU
The overarching objective of this proposed project is to further assess variability in monitoring data for fish populations. For instance, we may be able to further explore quantifiable shifts in fish population metrics in response to ecological perturbations or management interventions. Thus, the project’s focus will be on data analytics and multi-agency collaboration. This project is intended to involve a partnership with one or more federal or state agencies in the southeastern U.S. Analyses focused on variability may help inform survey designs (e.g., reduce monitoring effort by eliminating sites or skipping years?), have implications for interpreting data produced by monitoring programs (e.g., trend detection), and be an important consideration for scenario forecasting (e.g., predicting potential frequency of extreme events).