B.S., (Biology), University of Wisconsin at River Falls, 1989
M.S., (Fishery Management), Utah State University, 1992
During 2011-2012, USGS-Great Lakes Science Center partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to gather upwards of 2500 digital photographs of coregonids, saving the front half of their bodies so we could recover their gillrakers. With this proposal, we seek funding to hire a student intern over the summer to analyze these collections. We have 2 objectives: 1) determine if the two collecting agencies are identifying coregonid species similar to Koelz (1929), and 2) determine the degree that status information of each species varies depending on the field identifications and the species assignments developed with our DF model. This project is relevant to native people because many band members hold fishing rights that could be negatively impacted depending on decisions levied by ESA. Since the study of Koelz (1929) anchors our understanding of the status of current populations, it is critical that we demonstrate that coregonid species are being identified as they were in the past.