TWRI Mills Scholar Tony Rodger finds high flow events critical for lower Brazos fish

By Leslie Lee Tony Rodger, who graduated earlier this month with a master’s degree from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, studied minnow species in the lower Brazos River Basin to determine how environmental flows affected early life stage survival. His study concluded that high flow events help maintain the biodiversity of fish within the lower Brazos River. Rodger is a 2014–2015 Mills Scholarship recipient. These scholarships, funded by the W.G. Mills Scholarship Memorial Endowment and administered by the Texas Water Resources Institute, support… Read More →

Caroline Arantes receives Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award

Doctoral student Caroline Arantes received the 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Graduate Research.  This award recognizes and encourages excellence in graduate student research for both master’s and Ph.D. students. The Dean’s Outstanding Achievement Awards are the highest awards in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented to faculty, staff and students. She will receive a framed award, embossed pen and a $500 monetary award. This award will be presented during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m. in… Read More →

If you rebuild it, they will come back

Dr. Kirk Winemiller

Re-establishing environmental flows in Caddo Lake brings back the paddlefish By Sara Carney When visitors travel to Caddo Lake on the Texas-Louisiana border, they may see people canoeing on the blue-green water, navigating between the towering bald cypress trees and the Spanish moss that sweeps down from the branches. They may see fishers catching largemouth bass and families hiking nearby trails. But what visitors might not see is a creature beneath the lake’s surface that is older than the lake itself; in fact, it comes from the oldest… Read More →

New publications added

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207. Pease, A.A., J.M. Taylor, K.O. Winemiller, and R.S. King. 2015. Ecoregional, catchment, and reach-scale environmental factors shape functional-trait structure of stream fish assemblages. Hydrobiologia 753:265-283. [PDF] 206. Kaymak, N., K.O. Winemiller, S. Akin, Z. Altuner, F. Polat, and T. Dal. 2015. Stable isotope analysis reveals relative influences of seasonal hydrologic variation and impoundment on assimilation of primary production sources by fish in the Upper Yesilırmak River, Turkey. Hydrobiologia753:131-147. [PDF] 205. Montaña, C.G., C.A. Layman, and K.O. Winemiller. 2015. Species-area relationship within benthic habitat patches of a tropical… Read More →

Dr. Kirk Winemiller Announced as AFS Distinguished Achievement Award Winner for Research

Dr. Kirk Winemiller, a regents professor of wildlife and fisheries sciences, has been selected to receive this year’s university-level Distinguished Achievement Award for Research. Dr. Winemiller was notified of his selection in a surprise announcement by Dr. Bill Dugas, Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Distinguished Achievement Awards, which are funded by The Association of Former Students, are among the most prestigious awards that can be presented to faculty or staff members at Texas A&M University. The selection is rigorous and recipients are… Read More →

Meet a Scientist: Kirk Winemiller

By Sara Carney Dr. Kirk Winemiller became fascinated by natural science at an early age. “As a child, I liked the outdoors, and I liked animals,” he said. “I grew up in a rural area playing outside in the woods and meadows, especially streams.” Today, Winemiller is an ecologist and Regents Professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. “It’s a privilege to get to do science and explore nature as a profession,” he said. He received a masters in zoology from Miami University… Read More →

Tony Rodger was awarded the Outstanding Fisheries Student Award

MSc student Tony Rodger was awarded the Outstanding Fisheries Student Award at the 2014 annual meeting of the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

Caroline Arantes presentation on Amazon deforestation & fisheries

PhD student Caroline Arantes gave a presentation on Amazon deforestation and fisheries at the 2015 Global Conference on Inland Fisheries held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

2015 Brazilian Ichthyology Meeting

Dr. Kirk Winemiller gave an invited lecture entitled “Functional traits, convergent evolution, and a periodic table of niches” at the 2015 Brazilian Ichthyology Meeting held in Recife, Brazil, from Feb 1-6, 2015.

Awards received at Texas Chapter of the AFS meeting

Kirk Winemiller

Texas chapter members and their supporters contribute significantly to our understanding of fish ecology, fisheries management, and recreational fishing both within the state and nation. At our 2013 Lake Conroe meeting, we recognized individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions both to our chapter and fisheries science. The summaries below offer only a brief glimpse into the broad, important contributions each of our awardees has made. Special Recognition – Kirk Winemiller Dr. Winemiller who is a Regents professor at Texas A&M, his students, and collaborators have studied riverine and fish… Read More →