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Zoology and Physiology

College of Arts and Sciences

Frank J. Rahel
Professor • (307) 766-4212 • Biological Sciences 407

Fish ecology, Fisheries management, Climate change, Invasive aquatic species

B.A., Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, 1974
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1982

Research Interests:
My research involves fish ecology with a particular focus on streams, habitat relationships, and landscape ecology. My graduate students and I are addressing issues of fish habitat use and movement patterns in regards to both large spatial scales and patchiness. We are interested in what constitutes a habitat patch, how these patches are rearranged by disturbances such as floods, and what factors influence fish movement among patches. Another area of interest is the homogenization of aquatic biota across the world through habitat alteration and species introductions. Much of our research involves species of conservation concern including native trout and nongame fishes such as native minnows in prairie streams.

Fisheries Management, Ichthyology, General Ecology, Biological Invasions, Landscape Ecology

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