CNR Student Investigates Impact of Native Lamprey Migration on Inland Streams
August 24, 2020
A Matthew R. Dunkle that explores how lamprey spawning migrations affect nutrients in some freshwater streams was recently published in Freshwater Biology. Dunkle, a Ph.D. candidate with Chris Caudill in the College of Natural Resources Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, along with fellow researchers from the Yakama and Umatilla tribes, examined how the spatial distribution and patchiness of non-salmonid anadromous fish carcasses — in this case Pacific lampreys — affect freshwater stream food webs. The paper, titled “Factors Affecting the Fate of Pacific Lamprey Carcasses and Resource Transport to Riparian and Stream Macrohabitats,” used data from 144 radio-tagged lamprey that migrated from the ocean to inland streams in Oregon and Washington to spawn. Freshwater Biology publishes papers on all aspects of the ecology of inland surface waters, including rivers and lakes.
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