Student Fellowship: Habitat Use and Dietary Patterns of Diadromous Fishes in the Northwest Atlantic: Making the Connections Between River Restoration and Sustainability of Federally-Managed Fisheries

We seek support for a graduate student to participate in research on the role of diadromous fishes in the north Atlantic coastal fishery ecosystem. The student will receive technical training as p part of an MS degree from the University of Maryland in Fisheries. The student will also conduct research on three specific tasks:

Task 1: conduct a literature review with associated statistical analyses to identify the roles that diadromous fishes play in coastal marine ecosystems. The review will focus on the North Atlantic, but will take a global view.

Task 2: Using the Food Habits Data Base (FHDB) developed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, we will quantify the trophic demand of diadromous fishes in the Northwest Atlantic Costal Shelf Ecosystem. These analyses will identify the species that individual diadromous fish consume during marine residency, and estimate the biomass and energy represented in the documented consumption patterns.

Task 3: Using the Food Habitat Data Base (FHDB) developed by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, we will quantify the patterns of consumption of diadromous fishes in the Northwest Atlantic Coastal Shelf Ecosystem by their predators. These analyses will identify the species of individual diadromous fish that are vulnerable to predation during marine residency, and estimate the biomass and energy represented in the documented consumption patterns.