Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab

Our vision is a world where people understand, value, and conserve freshwater biodiversity.

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We conduct use-inspired research to better inform the management and conservation of freshwater ecosystems.


We communicate our science to engage the public in conversations about environmental sustainability.


We actively partner with the public and private sector to ensure science always has a role in decision-making.

Science on Tap

Fire and water: stream temperature and wildfire in the Pacific Northwest

Across the Pacific Northwest, streams are feeling the heat. For years, ecologists have recognized the importance of water temperature in driving ecological patterns in freshwater streams, from shaping the spatial distributions of fish species to affecting the...
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Assisted migration: Good idea or misguided hope?

The conifer tree Torreya taxifolia once grew in abundance in ravines along the Apalachicola River on the Florida panhandle (Godfrey 1988). After decades of decline, the species is now considered critically endangered according to the IUCN (Schwartz et al. 1995). In a...
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Push and pull: range dynamics of invasive smallmouth bass

Smallmouth bass were introduced to many streams and lakes in the Pacific Northwest in the early 20th century. Famous for their fight on the line and gorgeous color, “smallies” have a lot of sport fishing fans in the region. Although providing wonderful fishing...
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