|Fish on the run
Who we are
We are a team of researchers based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Limnology, and we partner with colleagues in The Nature Conservancy Great Lakes Project, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Shedd Aquarium, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and US Fish & Wildlife Service to study and create awareness of migratory fishes of the Great Lakes Basin and beyond.
What we do
We combine field studies with computer modeling to understand the ecology and conservation of migratory fish species. Our work underscores the importance of protecting and restoring connectivity between aquatic ecosystems, but doing so in a systematic and careful way that helps to protect iconic migrations while avoiding species invasions and other problems.
Where we work
Most of our work focuses on migratory fishes in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Our field studies have addressed white and longnose suckers, as well as northern pike and lake whitefish. We gain additional insight and inspiration from studying amphidromous gobies in Hawaii, large-river migrants in the Mississippi basin, a host of migratory species in rivers of Thailand, and migratory minnows in Africa's Lake Tanganyika.
We are grateful for financial support of our work from the Upper Midwest Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, University of Michigan Water Center, Shedd Aquarium, and US Fish & Wildlife Service.