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

Massachusetts Staff Member


Ayla Skorupa

Email: askorupa@umass.edu

Biography

My undergraduate education was in Marine Biology at Roger Williams University. After graduating with a B.Sc. I focused on research with plankton which lead to a Masters assistantship at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with Dr. Russell Hopcroft. I started studying under Dr. Allison Roy at the Department of Environmental Conservation at UMass, Amherst in Spring 2017.

Research Interest

My research interests focus on fresh water mussel, Unionidae, conservation. This includes the artificial propagation of rare or endangered species and determining what makes their ideal habitat.

Research Publications Publication Date
Sterrett, S., A. Roy, P. Hazelton, B. Watson, B. Swartz, T.R. Russ, L. Holst, M. Marchand, J. Wisniewski, M. Ashton, and B. Wicklow. 2018. Brook Floater Rapid Assessment Monitoring Protocol. U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Cooperator Science Series FWS/CSS-132-2018, Washington, D.C. | Publisher Website 2018-09-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Sterrett, S.S., L. Stevenson, M. Endries, P. Hazelton, and A.H. Roy. 2018. Freshwater mussel species distribution models to inform proactive conservation decision making. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 15-17 April 2018, Burlington, VT. 2018-04-15
Sterrett, S.C. and A.H. Roy. 2017. The Brook Floater Working Group: A collaborative initiative aimed at regional population restoration and conservation. Ellipsaria 19(3):20-21. 2017-09-01
Sterrett, S., P.D. Hazelton, A. Doubleday, D. Perkins, A.H. Roy, and M.D. Staudinger. 2017. Brook Floater rangewide conservation and restoration initiative. Meeting of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, 26-30 March 2017, Cleveland, OH. 2017-03-26
Skorupa, A.J., A.H. Roy, P.D. Hazelton, D. Perkins, T. Warren, A. Fisk, and S.C. Sterrett. 2019. Developing a strategy to restore a freshwater mussel (Alasmidonta varicosa) to Massachusetts watersheds. Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference, 27 February - 1 March, Saratoga Springs, NY. 2019-02-27
Skorupa, A.J., A.H. Roy, P.D. Hazelton, D. Perkins, A. Fisk, and S. Sterrett. 2018. Brook floater (Alasmidonta varicosa) mesohabitat preferences in four Massachusetts watersheds. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 15-17 April 2018, Burlington, VT. 2018-04-15
Skorupa, A., A.H. Roy, P.D. Hazelton, D. Perkins, and T. Warren. 2020. Assessing propagated brook floater growth and survival across four rivers with extant populations. ASLO-SFS 2020 Joint Summer Meeting, 7-11 June 2020, Madison, WI. 2020-06-07
Skorupa, A., A.H. Roy, P.D. Hazelton, A. Fisk, D. Perkins, and T. Warren. 2020. Propagation as a tool for restoration of a state endangered freshwater mussel. Northeast Aquatic Biologists Conference, 4-6 March 2020, Newport, RI. 2020-03-04
Skorupa, A., A.H. Roy, P.D. Hazelton, A. Fisk, D. Perkins, S.C. Sterrett, and T. Warren. 2019. Mesohabitat relationships to abundance for three mussels found in northeastern US streams. Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium, 14-18 April 2019, San Antonio, TX. 2019-04-15
Roy, A.H., P.D. Hazelton, S. Sterrett, A. Doubleday, A. Fisk, L. Holst, M. Marchand, D. Perkins, M.D. Staudinger, B. Swartz, and B. Watson. 2017. What's next? Brook Floater rangewide conservation and restoration initiative. Northeast Freshwater Mussel Meeting, 7 March 2017, Hadley, MA. 2017-03-07
Hazelton, P., S.S. Sterrett, and A. Roy. 2018. A standardized rapid survey protocol for rare freshwater mussels using an occupancy framework. Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, 15-17 April 2018, Burlington, VT. 2018-04-15
Doubleday, A.J., P.D. Hazelton, A.H. Roy, A. Fisk, and D. Perkins. 2017. Local habitat effects on the abundance and distribution of Brook Floater (Alasmidonta varicosa) in Massachusetts. Meeting of the Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society, 26-30 March 2017, Cleveland, OH. 2017-03-26