B.S., Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, 2016
M.S., Fish and Wildlife Management, Montana State University
Dr. Alexander Zale
Dr. Robert Al-Chokhachy
My research focuses on the distribution and ecology of the Yellowstone River’s non-native smallmouth bass population, and how it may interact with sympatric small-bodied fish assemblages. Specifically, I am using a systematic randomized sampling design to investigate patterns in smallmouth bass size, growth, feeding habits, spawning behavior, and habitat associations across a wide longitudinal extent. Examining how these variables change moving upstream will shed light on the question of what limits their distribution in this novel system, what it may look like in the future, and what this all means for native fish species.