Communities are not mere collections of species, but combine to create an array of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity. Our research examines how the structure and function of freshwater communities – which may include species composition, life-history, or population dynamics – respond to hydrologic variability, human land-use and novel species invasions.

Recent lab publications in this area include:

Mims, M.C., and J.D. Olden. 2012. Life history theory predicts streamflow effects on fish assemblage response to hydrologic regimes. Ecology 93:35-45. PDF & Appendices

Lawrence, D.J., Larson, E.R., Reidy Liermann, C.A., Mims, M.C., Pool, T.K., and J.D. Olden. 2011. National parks as protected areas for U.S. freshwater fish diversity. Conservation Letters 4:364-371. PDF & Supplementary Information & Mapping resources

Olden, J.D. and M.J. Kennard. 2010. Intercontinental comparison of fish life-history strategies along a gradient of hydrologic variability. Community Ecology of Stream Fishes: Concepts, Approaches, and Techniques (Ed. Gido, K. B. and D. A. Jackson). American Fisheries Society Symposium 73: 83-107. PDF