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James Peterson

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jt.peterson [at]

Office: 541-737-1963

Nash Hall

Nash Hall 176

2820 SW Campus Way

2820 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

My research focuses on multiple aspects of aquatic ecology- with an emphasis on lotic communities. Most of my work has been in identifying and quantifying the effects of physical and biotic factors on stream -dewlling taxa (fish, mussels, crayfish) at multiple scales. This includes studies of population dynamics, community production, and taxon-habitat/landscape relationships. Other aspects of my research include evaluating the efficiency of sampling and population-estimation techniques and computer software development. I believe that the status of natural resources is dependent upon the ability to predict the effects of environmental perturbations and differing management schemes. Thus, the principal goal of my research is to develop the tools and understanding necessary for effective and efficient natural resource management and conservation.


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Professional Affiliations: 

American Fisheries Society 
Fisheries Management, Computer Users, and Education Sections
American Statistical Association
Society for Freshwater Science


Ph.D., Fisheries, 1996, University of Missouri 
M.S., Biology, 1989, University of Illinois, Urbana
B.S., Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, 1986, University of Illinois, Urbana

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