Fish conservation

Anticipating future threats to fish in dryland streams requires a predictive, proactive scientific approach that aims to identify and priority critical conservation areas and endemic species at risk. Our research explores how native fishes in Arizona respond to the multi-scale effects of dams, climate and invasive species with the goal of advancing the science and conservation of this highly imperiled and under-studied fauna.

Recent lab publications in this area include:

Pool, T.K., Strecker, A.L., and J.D. Olden. 2013. Identifying preservation and restoration priority areas for desert fishes in an increasingly invaded world. Environmental Management 51: 631-641. PDF

Pool, T.K., and J.D. Olden. 2012. Taxonomic and functional homogenization of a globally endemic desert fish fauna. Diversity and Distributions 18:366-376. PDF

Strecker, A.L., Olden, J.D., Whittier, J.B., and C.P. Paukert. 2011. Defining conservation priorities for freshwater fishes according to taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity. Ecological Applications 21: 3002-3013. PDF & Mapping resources

Pool, T.P., Olden, J.D., Whittier, J.B. and C. P. Paukert. 2010. Environmental drivers of fish functional diversity and composition in the Lower Colorado River Basin. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 1791-1807. PDF