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Major Objectives of the Study

How do emerald shiners use the habitats in the upper Niagara River for spawning, growth and maturation?

In this study, we are identifying the habitats, along with nearshore vegetation and substrates, that are key for the success of the emerald shiner during different life stages.

Are emerald shiners in the upper Niagara River a genetically distinct population, or are they part of a broader population that can be found in lakes Erie and Ontario?

This study investigates if the population found in the Niagara River is genetically and morphologically similar or different from adjacent emerald shiner populations. This information is important for conservation purposes.

What role do emerald shiners play in the diets of sport fish and the common tern?

By using various laboratory techniques and looking at stomach contents of predators, we can determine if the emerald shiner is a key species in their diets.

How are man made modifications on the shoreline impacting emerald shiner migration routes?

In this project, we will investigate how bottlenecks in the river affect the movement of the emerald shiner by increasing water velocities.

December 11, 2015
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December 11, 2015
All day

November 6, 2015
All day


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