Meet our lab’s peeps: how far do juvenile salmonids disperse?

(Every few weeks, we introduce one of our lab’s beloved peeps, so you can learn more about their research and why it matters for our planet)

Salmonid fish movement is thought to be restricted during earlier life stages and non-migratory periods; however, recent works have challenged this theory. MSc student Zach Eisenhauer’s meta-analysis aims to resolve this paradigm by analysing published literature data on salmonid juvenile movement. A long-time biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Zach has tremendous knowledge of salmonids from his work on restoring Atlantic salmon populations to Lake Champlain in the northeastern U.S. Zach’s work is part of collaboration partnership between Concordia U. and USFWS which aims to understand limiting factors affecting reintroduction success of salmon to Lake Champlain.

Zach’s research will not only aid fisheries managers in assessing recolonization potential of native salmonids, but also shed light on the extent to which juvenile salmonids can disperse.

Zach is an avid fisher in his spare time. As a Yank new to Canada, he wishes he had discovered the great Canadian wilderness earlier in life; the fish there wish he never found them. To read more about Zach and Atlantic salmon introduction:

Zach Eisenhauer in his element: measuring and tagging an Atlantic salmon on the Boquet River, New York.

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