The focus of this project is to address several important questions about the emerald shiners' habitat utilization, and contribution to the food web. The well-being of this small fish is critical for the overall health of the Niagara River and the species that they support. Our results will answer questions about habitat conservation, restoration or possible modifications to ensure the long-term success of emerald shiners, sport fish and common terns in the ecosystem.
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.
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.
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.
In this project, we will investigate how bottlenecks in the river affect the movement of the emerald shiner by increasing water velocities.