Bozeman Fish Technology Center
Mountain-Prairie Region

Research Programs: Conservation Physiology and Ecology (Photos clockwise from left) Performing an ultrasound on June sucker, Ultrasound monitor, Microscopic view of eggs, Larvae

Conservation Physiology and Ecology

The Research Program in Conservation Physiology and Ecology at the Bozeman Fish Technology Center focuses on understanding the physiological requirements and tolerances of threatened and endangered species.  Technology Center researchers are working to determine the relative importance of environmental factors and the magnitude of change of key environmental factors required to elicit spawning and early life stage development as well as bottlenecks to recruitment failure.  Less-invasive or non-invasive tools, such as measurement of plasma sex steroid and ultrasound, are used to assess sex and stage of maturity and spawning readiness in both wild and captive populations of threatened and endangered species to determine reproductive indices, i.e. age and size at sexual differentiation and maturity or the reproductive structure of populations. 


Lead Researchers: Dr. Molly Webb and Kevin Kappenman

Current Projects