Stephanie Carlson

Research Expertise and Interest

conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, fish ecology, stream ecology, freshwater ecology, northern California rivers, Pacific salmon

Research Description

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:

  • Life history portfolios and resilience
  • Habitat mosaics and connectivity
  • Impacts of drought and climate change on stream fishes
  • Ecological and evolutionary impacts of management (water, fishery, hatchery, protected area)
  • 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

Small Salmon, Big Threat

Drought and the growing water demands of agriculture and a changing climate are creating a “knife edge” of survival for young salmon and steelhead, says UC Berkeley fish ecologist Stephanie Carlson. She is working to determine minimum water levels needed to sustain the fish.

Eel River Observatory seeks clues to watershed’s future

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.

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