The Carlson Lab studies the evolution, ecology, and conservation of freshwater fishes. They aim to do research that illuminates how evolution and ecology interact to shape wild populations and influence their persistence, particularly those exposed to anthropogenic (human) influences.
Some topics that they investigate include:
- Evolution (and loss) of biodiversity among salmon populations
- Ecology of intermittent streams
- Ecology and conservation planning of urban streams
- Bio-physical coupling in coastal estuaries
- Ecological impacts of large-scale water management
- Evolutionary enlightened management
Much of their research is field-based and incorporates elements of behavioral, population, and community ecology. Their research combines various techniques including the tagging and tracking of individually-marked fish, experimental manipulations in the field, direct observations, comparative studies, and modeling. Recent work has been done in California, Alaska, and Norway.
Read more about their research on the Carlson Lab website.
In the News
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University of California, Berkeley, scientists will receive $4,900,000 over the next five years to study the nearly 10,000 square kilometer Eel River watershed in Northern California and how its vegetation, geology and topography affect water flow all the way to the Pacific Ocean.