Shane Vatland

First Name: 
Shane
Last Name: 
Vatland
Academic Year: 
AY2011-12
Graduate Program: 
Fish & Wildlife Biology PhD
Department: 
College/University: 
Montana State University
Research/Scholarly Work: 
My dissertation research focuses on evaluating the availability and use of suitable thermal habitat for native and nonnative salmonids. We are evaluating stream temperature patterns across multiple spatial and temporal scales using novel data collection and statistical modeling techniques. We are also monitoring fish movement patterns using a combination of fixed and mobile passive integrated transponder (PIT tag) antennas. By evaluating spatial patterns in observed and predicted stream temperatures, in combination with fish distribution data, we aim to identify areas critical to maintaining suitable coldwater fish habitat in the future.

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