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

Massachusetts Staff Member


Katherine Abbott

Longnose gar from a hoop net

Email: kmabbott@umass.edu

Biography

I earned my BS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from UConn in 2012 and worked seasonal fisheries positions around the country before returning to graduate school at LSU, where I received my MS in Oceanography and Coastal Science with Dr. Tracy Quirk. Following my passion for aquatic restoration, I joined the Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit with Dr. Allison Roy, and am glad to be back on the banks of New England streams.

Research Interest

My research interests revolve around aquatic habitat restoration and the conservation of native fish species. I am currently working to quantify the effects of dam removal on stream ecosystems across Massachusetts.

Project Completion Date
Restoring Aquatic Habitats through Dam Removal 2020-06-30
Presentations Presentation Date
Roy, A.H., K.M. Abbott, M.B. Cole, K.M. Houle, and K.H. Nislow. 2019. Impacts of small, low-head dams on stream macroinvertebrate assemblages. Annual Meeting of the Society for Freshwater Science, 19-23 May 2019, Salt Lake City, UT. 2019-05-20
Abbott, K.M., A.H. Roy, and K.H. Nislow. 2020. Resilient river restoration through dam removal. Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions Annual Environmental Conference, 29 February 2020, Worcester, MA. 2020-02-29
Abbott, K.M., A.H. Roy, and K.H. Nislow. 2020. Resilient river restoration through dam removal. 5th International Symposium on Urbanization and Stream Ecology, 12-15 February 2020, Austin, TX. 2020-02-12
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. 2020-03-04
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. 2020-06-07
Abbott, K.M., A.H. Roy, M.B. Cole, K.M. Houle, and K.H. Nislow. 2019. Variable responses of aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblages to dam removal. Society of Wetland Scientists – New England Chapter Fall Meeting: Dammed If You Do and Dammed If You Don’t: Barrier Removal and Stream Integration, 4-5 October 2019, New Britain, CT. 2019-10-05