Transferring flow-ecology knowledge

Transferring flow-ecology knowledge

Environmental flow assessment is an emerging approach for balancing the water needs of freshwater ecosystems with the water needs of human society. By using knowledge of how freshwater species respond to patterns in streamflow (i.e. their flow-ecology relationships),...
Rusty crayfish: front lines are moving fast

Rusty crayfish: front lines are moving fast

What freshwater bug is 3-inch long and crawls downriver nearly 10 miles a year and eat everything on its path? Answer: invasive crayfish. Two years ago, Laura Twardochleb from the Olden Lab published a comprehensive meta-analysis of the literature to summarize the...
Dams, scarcity, and social-ecological resilience

Dams, scarcity, and social-ecological resilience

We know that dams are a paramount driver of hydrological alteration, homogenizing regional river dynamics and biodiversity. However, dams also provide a range of socio-economic benefits, and under scenarios of water scarcity due to climate change and over-allocation...
What makes a species rare?

What makes a species rare?

In a community, it is almost always true that some species are common while most are rare. This pattern is demonstrated by plotting species abundance distributions (see Magurran 2003 or Verbeek 2014 for excellent overviews) observed in many real life communities....