Conserving Imperiled Fishes: Darters

While Alabama is home to more aquatic species than any state in North America, it also has the highest number of imperiled species. Maintaining the diversity of aquatic life is important to keeping the ecosystem functioning properly. Healthy aquatic life usually means good water quality and a quality environment for Alabama citizens.

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Understand the reasons rare fish species are becoming imperiled by researching spatial dynamics, population structure, and life history.

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Currently, Auburn University Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture researchers are studying three rare species of darters. The slackwater darter, found only in a few locations in the Tennessee River drainage in North Alabama and South Tennessee, makes annual spawning migrations to flooded seepage areas in early spring. Most populations in Alabama are gone; scientists hope to locate remaining populations and target the most viable ones for protection.
Similar projects are underway with the Holiday darter, found only in Shoal Creek, Talladega National Forest, and the Rush darter, found in only a handful of sites in North Central Alabama.

This work will identify the most viable populations and associated habitat for that would benefit from habitat restoration will also be identified.

Principal Investigators

Wayne Brewer
Visiting Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
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Vondraniece L. Johnson
TES Clerical
301 Poultry Science Building
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-8271
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Steven M. Gratz
203 Swingle Hall
Auburn, AL 36849
334-844-4786
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David R. Brasher
TES Clerical
204 Extension Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4100
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Lloyd D. Chapman
Regional Extension Agent III
P.O. Box 159
Belle Mina, AL 35615
256-262-2703
Troy M. Farmer
Postdoctoral Fellow
222 Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9305
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Jaden K. Brown
Administrative Agriculture
107 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2345
Lillian Culp
Lillian Culp
Undergraduate Intern
217 Rouse Life Sciences Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-5015
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William B. Head
Graduate Research Assistant
251 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4100
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Colton T. Christjohn
Animal Sciences
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1521
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Kristina M. Dattilo
TES General Labor
106 Greene Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4000
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Phillip A. Gunter
Animal Sciences
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1521
Bill Abernethy
Vice President of Global Market Development at Prosensa Therapeutics
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Erin M. Forte
Clinical Sciences
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-1521
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Christy D. Hicks
Regional Extension Agent I
302 A Byrne Street
Bay Minette, AL 36507
334-844-4022
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Tracey L. Jeffery
TES Technician
203B Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4786
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Dr. Covadonga R. Arias
Professor
327 CASIC
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9215
Claude Boyd
Claude E. Boyd
Professor
131 Aquatic Resource Management Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-4075
Yolanda J. Brady
Associate Professor
209 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9122
Ash Bullard
Dr. Stephen A. Bullard (Ash)
Associate Professor
324 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9278
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Dr. Matt Catalano
Assistant Professor
217 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-7366
Dr. Jesse A. Chappell
Associate Professor Extension Specialist
125 Swingle Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9209
Bill Daniels
Acting Director of Global Programs, College of Agriculture; Associate Professor, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences; WAS President-Elect
Auburn University, AL 36849-5419
1-334-844-3212 (Global Programs)
1-334-844-9123 (SFAAS office)
1-334-844-9208 fax
Dr. Dennis DeVries
Professor
311 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9322
Dr. Terrill R. Hanson (Terry)
Professor Extension Specialist
213 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9207

Affiliated Departments or Institution

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Alabama Division of Conservation and Natural Resources