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

South Dakota Project


Determinants of growth and survival of larval pallid sturgeon: a combined laboratory and field approach

September 2009 - December 2013


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • DoD/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Since 1990, the pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) has been listed under the Endangered Species Act. Our research addresses knowledge gaps in the early life-history of the pallid sturgeon. Past research has found that a fundamental aspect of early life history of pallid sturgeon is larval drift. The lack of natural recruitment in this species requires a basic knowledge of the feeding and life-history attributes for larval and juvenile stages once larvae settle into nursery habitats. Thus, efforts to restore the pallid sturgeon must be augmented with a knowledge of their early life-history. To address these issues, we are conducting a combination of laboratory and in-situ experiments to identify prey selectivity, habitat preference, and factors affecting survival of larval pallid sturgeon

Research Publications Publication Date
Rapp, T., D.A. Shuman, B.D.S. Graeb, S.R. Chips, E.J. Peters. 2011. Diet composition and feeding patterns of adult shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorhynchus) in the lower Platte River, Nebraska, U.S.A. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27:351-355. 2011-09-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Meyer, H.A. S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Latitudinal variation in metabolic rate of juvenile pallid sturgeon. 4th annual meeting of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 2011-07-12
Meyer, H.A. S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Latitudinal variation in feeding, growth and metabolism of juvenile pallid sturgeon. 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA. 2011-09-06
Meyer, H.A., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Growth, Metabolism and Energy Density of Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon Fed Commercial and Natural Diets. 48th Annual meeting of the Dakota Chapter American Fisheries Society, Bismarck, ND. 2011-02-15
Meyer, H.A., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Growth, Metabolism and Energy Density of Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon Fed Commercial and Natural Diets. 15th Annual Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, Nebraska City, NE. 2011-04-05
Meyer, H.A., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Growth, Metabolism and Energy Density of Juvenile Pallid Sturgeon Fed Commercial and Natural Diets. 15th Annual Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, Nebraska City, NE. 2011-04-15
Meyer, H.A., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Growth, food consumption, and energy status of juvenile pallid sturgeon fed commercial and natural diets. 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA. 2011-09-06
Rapp, T., W. French, B.D.S. Graeb, S.R. Chipps, and R.A. Klumb. 2011. Ontogenetic Prey Preferences of Pallid Sturgeon. 141st Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Seattle, WA. 2011-09-06
Rapp, T., B. D. S. Graeb, S. R. Chipps, R. A. Klumb. February 24, 2010. Laboratory examination of habitat preferences by juvenile pallid sturgeon with focus on predation. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Spearfish, South Dakota. 2010-02-24
Rapp, T., B. D. S. Graeb, S. R. Chipps, and R. A. Klumb. 2010. Laboratory examination of juvenile pallid sturgeon habitat selection with focus on predation. 2010-09-14
Rapp, T., B. D. S. Graeb, S. R. Chipps, and R. A. Klumb. 2010. Influence of predation on habitat selection by juvenile pallid sturgeon. 2010-09-01