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Tuesday, February 7 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Student Research-in-Progress Poster Display. Drawdown in Nebraskan Reservoirs, Influencing Management through Ecology and Social Behavior

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AUTHOR: Kevin Carpenter, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
ABSTRACT: Reservoirs are subjected to routine fluctuations in water level as a result of natural (e.g., precipitation) or human (e.g., hydropower) related events. Consequences of these water level fluctuations are largely unknown within a social-ecological context, especially within recreational fisheries. Previous ecological research has demonstrated considerable impact throughout the aquatic food web and across multiple trophic levels. Therefore, it is hypothesized that this should also influence angler behavior. Angler behavior may be modified by restricting access (e.g., boat ramps), a change in catch rates, or some combination of social and ecological mechanisms. I will use standardized creel survey and fishery independent information to explore the effects of water level fluctuation on angler behavior across Nebraska reservoirs. The results will leverage our understanding of complex systems and provide insight for effective management and conservation efforts.

Tuesday February 7, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Olive Branch Room

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