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

Utah Staff Member


Brian G. Laub

Brian Laub canoeing

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Email: brian.laub@aggiemail.usu.edu

Biography

Brian received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology with an Aquatic Emphasis from the University of Montana, where he conducted an undergraduate thesis on the influence of flooding on riparian vegetation dynamics. Before beginning graduate school, he spent a month in Panama taking a course on neotropical herpetology at the Institute for Tropical Ecology & Conservation. He earned his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Maryland, where he studied the impacts of channel restoration on stream habitat, bed sediment disturbance dynamics, benthic diatom communities, and riparian vegetation and soils. Brian joined Phaedra Budy's lab in 2012 and worked on developing a restoration and monitoring plan for three species of native fish in the San Rafael River in southeastern Utah. When he is not working on river restoration and fisheries conservation, he enjoys hiking and camping in the desert and mountainous regions of the state.

Teaching Interest

Brian taught two courses at USU: WATS 6700 River and Riparian Restoration Ecology WATS 3100 Fish Diversity and Conservation

Research Interest

River Ecology Restoration

Research Publications Publication Date
Laub, B.G., and P. Budy. 2015. Assessing the likely effectiveness of multi-species management for imperiled desert fishes using niche overlap analysis. Conservation Biology. DOI: 10.1111. | Abstract January 2015
Laub, B.G., G.P. Thiede, W.W. MacFarlane, and P. Budy. 2018. Evaluating the conservation potential of tributaries for native fish in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Fisheries, Feature Article 43:194-206. DOI: 10.1002/fsh.10054. USGS IP: 081178. January 2018
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2015. Adopting science-based restoration in practice: application to a desert river system. Environmental Management ONLINE FIRST: DOI 10.1007/s00267-015-0481-5. USGS IP-053441. | Abstract April 2015
Project Completion Date
CPCESU San Rafael Restoration Science September 2017
Presentations Presentation Date
Thiede, G.P., B. Laub, N. Heredia, and P. Budy. 2017. The effect of lake level on forage and Lahonton Cutthroat Trout in Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Oral presentation at the Western Division AFS annual meeting in Missoula, Montana. 22 - 26 May 2017. May 2017
Thiede, G.P., B. Laub, N. Heredia, and P. Budy. 2017. The effect of lake level on forage and Lahonton Cutthroat Trout in Pyramid Lake, Nevada. Oral presentation at Western Division American Fisheries Society meeting in Missoula, MT. 22 - 26 May 2017. May 2017
Macfarlane, W. W., P. Budy, G. P. Thiede, and B. G. Laub. Looking beyond the mainstem for the conservation and restoration of endangered Colorado River fishes. Western Division American Fisheries Society, Mazatlan, Mexico, 7-11 April 2014. April 2014
Laub, B.G., W. W. Macfarlane, G. P. Thiede, and P. Budy. 2015. Looking beyond the mainstem for conservation and restoration of endangered and sensitive Colorado River fishes. 145th Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Portland, Oregon, 16-20 August 2015. August 2015
Laub, B.G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2015. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for desert rivers: San Rafael River restoration project. Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum, Grand Junction, Colorado, 28-29 October 2015. October 2015
Laub, B.G. and P. Budy. 2014. All as one or one for all? Assessing the likely effectiveness of multi-species management. 2014 Western Division Meeting, American Fisheries Society, Mazatlan, Mexico, 7-11 April 2014. April 2014
Laub, B.G. and P. Budy. 2014. All as one or one for all? Assessing the likely effectiveness of managing three native species (bluehead sucker, flannelmouth sucker, and roundtail chub) as an ecological complex. Annual Meeting, Utah Chapter American Fisheries Society, Price UT, 11-13 March 2014. March 2014
Laub, B., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2014. Lower San Rafael River restoration. Utah Statewide Three Species Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT 12 November 2014. November 2014
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2016. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for desert rivers: San Rafael River restoration project. Tamarisk Coalition Annual Meeting, Grand Junction, Colorado, 9-11 February 2016. February 2016
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2016. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for Utah's desert rivers: San Rafael River restoration project. Utah Chapter, American Fisheries Society, Annual Meeting. 15-17 March 2016. March 2016
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2015. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for Utah's desert rivers: San Rfael River restoration project update. Utah AFS Meeting, Moab UT, 24-26 March 2015. March 2015
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, P. Budy, and S. Lyster. 2016. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for a sandy river: San Rafael River restoration. 15th Annual River Restoration Symposium, Stevenson, Washington, 2-14 February 2016. February 2016
Laub, B. G., D. Blythe, and P. Budy. 2017. Understanding Multiple Impacts of Hydrologic Alteration on Native Fish Communities in the Rio Grande, Texas and Mexico. American Fisheries Society, Western Division, Annual Meeting, Missoula, Montana, 22-25 May 2017. May 2017
Laub, B. G. and P. Budy. 2016. Every last drop: Putting limited data to use in understanding multiple impacts of hydrologic alteration on native fish communities in the Big Bend reach of the Rio Grande. Desert Fishes Council Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 15-19, 2016. November 2016
Laub, B. G. and P. Budy. 2014. Should the three species be managed as a complex? Rangewide Three Species Meeting, Salt Lake City UT, 13 November 2014 November 2014
Technical Publications Publication Date
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2016. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for desert rivers: San Rafael River restoration project. Tamarisk Coalition Meeting, February 9, 2016, Grand Junction, CO. February 2016
Laub, B. G., J. Jimenez, and P. Budy. 2016. An experimental habitat enhancement effort for Utah's desert rivers: San Rafael River restoration project. American Fisheries Society, Utah Chapter, March 17, 2016, Altamont, UT. March 2016
Budy, P., N. Heredia, G.P. Thiede, and B. Laub. 2014. Pyramid Lake fishery evaluation: evaluating cutthroat trout performance and identifying limiting factors for the native fish community. Progress Report to US Fish and Wildlife Service, Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex, Great Basin Cooperative Agreement. UTCFWRU 2014(6):1-89. July 2014