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

Brian Anderson, Animal Sciences, Auburn University College of Agriculture
Brian L. Anderson
Swine Research and Education Complex Manager
210 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-329-1119
Deuce Fields Dean of Bumpers College of Agricuture
Deacue Fields
Dean Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
479-575-2034
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Zhimei Guo
Visiting Assistant Professor
306A Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5821
Norbert L. Wilson
Affiliate Professor
Wayne Brewer
Visiting Professor
301 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-5006
Renee Beam
Research Associate IV
203 Swingle Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4667
Robert A. Hensarling
Director, Ag Land & Resource Management
107 Comer Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-3596
Paul C. Bartley
Assistant Professor
109 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
(334) 844-4862
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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
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
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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
Dr. John W. Jensen
Professor Emeritus
203-B Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-4786
Dr. Zhanjiang Liu
Associate VP-Research/Associate Provost & Professor
202 Samford Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-4784
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Dr. David R. Bayne
Professor Emeritus
334-887-0985
Bill Davies
Dr. William (Bill) Davies
Professor Emeritus
541-330-6122
Dr. Bryan L. Duncan
Professor Emeritus
203 Swingle Hall
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-9201
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Randell Goodman
Director
Dr. John M. Grizzle
Professor Emeritus
334-844-3474
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Anthony T. Bowden
Horticulture
101 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4862
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Kathryn M. Mitchell
Fisheries Allied Aquacltrs Gta
203B Swingle Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4786
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Mary E. Ward
Administrator II, Academic Programs
181 Roosevelt Drive Auburn, AL 36849
344-844-3210
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Anthony L. Collins
TES Technician
203B Swingle Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4786
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Samuel E. Hand
Horticulture
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4862
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Xiao Li
Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor
201 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4100
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Brandon H. Strauss
Entomology Plant Pathology
301 Funchess Hall Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4000
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Bruce Graeme Lockaby
, Interim Dean and Mcclure Professor
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Xiaozhu Wang
Fisheries Allied Aquacltrs
Auburn Research Park, CASIC Bldg 559 Devall Drive
Auburn, AL 36832
334-844-1237
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Jacob P. Williams
Graduate Research Assistant
253 Upchurch Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4100
Huseyin Kucuktas
Research Fellow IV
CASIC Building
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-9193
Dr. LaDon Swann
Associate Research Professor Director of Marine Programs
118 North Royal St.
Mobile, AL 36602
251-438-5690 or 228-818-8843
Dr. Cliff Webber
Visiting Professor
CASIC Building
Auburn University, AL 36849
334-844-4786

Affiliated Departments or Institution

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Alabama Division of Conservation and Natural Resources