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The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC
Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 6 – 7pm

Duckett Hall Auditorium, The Citadel campus

“Cyprinid fishes (minnows and relatives) endemic to the Southwestern United States have been subject to anthropogenic pressures which has caused many of these species to be threatened or endangered. The two foremost pressure on these fishes are habitat modification through water diversions and the introduction of non-native competitors/predators. The prevailing management strategy for many of these fishes is captive rearing and release. However, survivorship and fitness following release is rarely addressed. Using morphological, physiological and behavioral data management agencies can improve growth of wild populations. I will discuss how measuring performance metrics and behaviors in the lab can lead to successful management practices in the wild. Additionally, I will address how utilizing morphological, physiological and behavioral information can reduce the anthropogenic pressures imposed on these imperiled fishes. Understanding the performance metrics associated with anatomical and physiological adaptations can allow managers to manipulate habitats to better suit native fishes while excluding or limiting the success of non-native predators/competitors. Taking a whole ecosystem management approach allows managers to not only improve the success of native fishes but return native habitats to their original conditions.

Bio: After receiving his PhD. from Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) Clinton was hired as a post-doc researcher at Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT). Continuing his research in physiological ecology of fishes Clinton completed several projects on commercially and recreationally important species. While much of his research would be considered “pure research” he always addresses hypotheses that have applications to management of economically important fishes. Clinton is now an Assistant Professor at The Citadel (Charleston, SC) where he is collaborating with researchers at College of Charleston and Department of Natural Resources to understand how parasite impact swimming performance of spotted seatrout.

We’ll gather at 6:00, in Duckett Hall auditorium on The Citadel’s campus, for a chance to socialize and share some snacks (feel free to bring your favorite :-), then the talk will begin at 6:30. See you there, and bring a friend!
Directions & Parking: Duckett Hall is #46 on this interactive map (…); for parking use Kovats Field, (#42 on the map) or any space marked “Visitor” around the Parade Deck (Summerall Field; marked #4 on the map).”

Event Type: Lecture/Discussion