Current major research initiatives
IGERT – NSF Adaptation to change in water resources: science to inform decision making across disciplines.
NSF - MRI: Acquisition of a Thermal Ionization Mass Spectrometer (TIMS) to strengthen collaborative Inter-University programs in isotope geochemistry.
The impacts of hydrologic alteration and climate change on stream food webs and its consequences for the bioenergetics of juvenile steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) - a watershed wide approach.
The evolution of life history in Snake River fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and integrating life cycle modeling with the consequences for plasticity in individual migratory behaviors.
NSF - FSML – Enhancing Cooperative Research and Education among Flathead Lake Biological Station, Taylor Wilderness Research Station and Yellowstone Ecological Research Center through a program of coordinated aquatic monitoring instrumentation.
Some Past and Ongoing projects
- Climate and water resource allocation impacts on aquatic communities
- Salmon biodiversity and the geomorphic drivers and geochemical signatures
- Otolith microchemistry and the life history variation of Chinook salmon in the Columbia River system (Zabel & Scheuerell, NOAA - NWFSC; Isaac & Thurow, USFS - RMRS)
- Long-term ecological restoration of Icicle Creek watershed following a restoration of anadromy (Wild Fish Conservancy, Seattle)
- Water resource management across jurisdictional and disciplinary boundaries (WoW at the University of Idaho and stakeholders in the Lapwai basin)
- Food web relationships and energetic modeling of juvenile Chinook performance in Central Idaho (Zabel & Achord, NOAA - NWFSC)
- Bioenergetics and movements of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and its relationship to stream restoration in the Northeastern U.S. (Folt, Nislow, Blum)
- Biogeochemistry of the Colorado River and the population dynamics of one of its native endangered fish, the humpback chub (Gila cypha) (Nislow, Blum, Coggins)
- Role of anadromous Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) populations on the nutrient budgets of streams in European rivers (Nislow, Armstrong)