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

Massachusetts Staff Member


Peter Zaidel

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Master's
Email: pzaidel@umass.edu

Biography

I joined the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass-Amherst in May 2015 to begin my research as a Master's student. Following graduation from Holy Cross in 2012, I worked for Olympic National Park and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection before arriving here in Amherst. I am currently studying the impacts of dams and dam removals on water temperature and dissolved oxygen concentrations in Massachusetts streams under the direction of Dr. Allison Roy.

Research Publications Publication Date
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.M. Houle, B. Lambert, B.H. Letcher, K.H. Nislow, and C. Smith. 2020. Impacts of small dams on stream temperature. Ecological Indicators. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106878 | Publisher Website September 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, C.R. Smith, and B.H. Letcher. 2016. Impacts of small, surface-release dams on stream temperature. New England Association of Environmental Biologists, 23-25 March 2016, Rockland, ME. March 2016
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, C.R. Smith, and B.H. Letcher. 2016. Impacts of small, surface-release dams on stream temperature. Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, 21-25 May 2016, Sacramento, CA. May 2016
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, B.H. Letcher, and C.R. Smith. 2016. Small dam impacts to stream temperature and potential consequences for aquatic biota. Northeast Natural History Conference, 22-24 April 2016, Springfield, MA. April 2016
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, B.H. Letcher, K. Houle, B. Lambert, and C.R. Smith. 2018. Small dams can have large thermal effects with negative implications for coldwater species. Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, 20-24 May 2018, Detroit, MI. May 2018
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, B.H. Letcher, K. Houle, B. Lambert, and C.R. Smith. 2017. Tackling the worst first: Variable impacts of dams on stream temperature and dissolved oxygen. 4th Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology, 31 May-3 June 2017, Browns Summit, NC. June 2017
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, B.H. Letcher, B. Lambert, K. Houle, and C.R. Smith. 2017. Understanding variation in stream temperature and dissolved oxygen responses to small dams. Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, 4-9 June 2017, Raleigh, NC. June 2017
Zaidel, P.A., A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, B.H. Letcher, B. Lambert, K. Houle, and C.R. Smith. 2017. Factors explaining observed variation in dam-induced temperature and dissolved oxygen changes in Massachusetts streams. Annual Meeting of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists, 14-16 March 2017, Hartford, CT. March 2017
Zaidel, P., A. Roy, K. Nislow, B. Letcher, B. Lambert, K. Houle, and C. Smith. 2016. Assessing the potential for dam removal to restore natural thermal and dissolved oxygen regimes. Society for Ecological Restoration New England Chapter Annual Conference, 14-15 October 2016, Durham, NH. October 2016
Zaidel, P., A. Roy, K. Nislow, B. Letcher, B. Lambert, K. Houle, and C. Smith. 2016. Assessing the potential for dam removal to restore natural thermal and dissolved oxygen regimes. Life Sciences Graduate Research Symposium, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. December 2016
Sillen, S.J., P.A. Zaidel, A.H. Roy, K.H. Nislow, K. Houle, and B. Lambert. 2018. Dissolved oxygen response to dam removal in Massachusetts streams. Society for Ecological Restoration New England Conference, 11-13 October 2018, New Haven, CT. October 2018
Roy, A.H., R. Bouldin, P.A. Zaidel, and S. Mattocks. 2018. Increasing resilience of coldwater fish habitat with dam removal. Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, 19-23 August 2018, Atlantic City, NJ. August 2018
Roy, A.H., P.A. Zaidel, K. Houle, B. Lambert, and K.H. Nislow. 2018. Potential responses of stream water quality and macroinvertebrates to small dam removal. New England Association of Environmental Biologists, 13-15 March 2018, Devens, MA. March 2018
Roy, A.H., K.M. Abbott, and P.A. Zaidel. 2021. Ecological Considerations for Dam Removal: Charles River Dam in South Natick. Charles River Dam Advisory Committee. 14 October 2021. October 2021
Abbott, K.M., A.H. Roy, P.A. Zaidel, K.M. Houle, and K.H. Nislow. 2020. Thermal and dissolved oxygen recovery following small dam removals in Massachusetts. Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference, 4-6 March 2020, Newport, RI. March 2020
Abbott, K.M., A.H. Roy, P.A. Zaidel, K.M. Houle, and K.H. Nislow. 2020. Dam removal as a tool to increase ecological resilience through water quality improvements. Quebec RE<sup>3 </sup>Conference , 7-11 June 2020, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. June 2020