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Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office

420 South Garfield Avenue, Suite 400 | Pierre, South Dakota 57501
Phone: (605) 224-8693 | Fax: (605) 224-1416 | Email: daniel_james@fws.gov

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A sunrise blankets fog-covered hills in a pink and orange glow.

Sunrise on the Missouri River, Boyd County, Nebraska. Credit: Dan James, USFWS.

About Us

The Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) provides fish and wildlife management technical assistance to Native American Tribes, federal agencies (e.g., U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers), and the public. We also partner with state agencies on fish and wildlife research and management within South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas.

 


Station Responsibilities »

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Great Plains FWCO staff sampling pallid sturgeon on the Missouri River, Nebraska and South Dakota. Credit: Dan James, USFWS

  • Aid recovery of federally-listed threatened and endangered species through research, monitoring, and implementing management actions.
  • Assist Native American Tribes and federal agencies with management of fisheries and other aquatic resources.
  • Conduct research and develop strategies to improve management of aquatic invasive species.
  • Collaborate with state agencies to improve aquatic ecosystem and fisheries management.

 

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Current Projects and Activities »

Sikes Act: Collaboration with the U.S. Air Force

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Dan James stocks redear sunfish into Base Lake, Offutt Air Force Base, Bellevue, NE, to aid in invasive zebra mussel management and create a recreational fishing opportunity. Photo credit: U.S. Air Force, Offutt Air Force Base.

At the Great Plains FWCO, we help the Department of Defense protect and conserve fish and wildlife resources at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, and Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota. We assist to implement the Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan for each installation by evaluating potential impacts of military activities on fish and wildlife, ensuring that important habitat is maintained, identifying recreation and conservation opportunities such as hunting and fishing, providing information for invasive species management, and managing wildlife to support the safety and operational effectiveness at each base.


Native Species Recovery: Pallid Sturgeon

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Landon Pierce releases a federally-endangered pallid sturgeon into the Missouri River, Nebraska and South Dakota, during population monitoring (Photo credit: Dane Shuman, USFWS- retired).

The Great Plains FWCO monitors pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River from Fort Randall Dam, South Dakota, to Lewis and Clark Lake, Nebraska and South Dakota, as part of the collaborative, multi-agency Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Program, established in 2003. The Pallid Sturgeon Population Assessment Program is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and provides valuable information on the effects of management actions (e.g., stocking and habitat manipulation) on the pallid sturgeon population and the Missouri River ecosystem. We also actively participate in the Middle and Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroups to help guide recovery efforts.


Native American Tribal Fisheries Assistance

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

Location of Native American Tribes in Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Source: Bureau of Indian Affairs (https://www.indianaffairs.gov/sites/bia.gov/files/assets/public/webteam/pdf/idc1-028635.pdf).

The Great Plains FWCO provides technical fisheries assistance to Native American Tribes in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas (see map). We assist Tribes to manage their recreational fisheries by conducting fisheries surveys, providing management recommendations, and coordinating fish stocking requests through the federal hatchery system.

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

Great Plains FWCO staff assist the Rosebud Sioux Tribe conduct an electrofishing survey to inform fisheries management recommendations. Photo credit: Zach Jessee, USFWS.


Paddlefish Restoration: Lake Sharpe, Missouri River, South Dakota

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

Landon Pierce (left; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and Geno Adams (right; South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks) implant an acoustic telemetry tag into a paddlefish as part of a collaborative project between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks. Photo credit: Dane Shuman, USFWS-retired.

The Great Plains FWCO, in cooperation with South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, is conducting an acoustic telemetry in Lake Sharpe, South Dakota, to understand habitat use, movements, emigration, and survival of stocked paddlefish. This information will aid in restoring this native species to this segment of the Missouri River and to help determine the feasibility of creating a recreational fishery for paddlefish in Lake Sharpe.


Didymosphenia geminata Identification and Consultation Laboratory

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

A single Didymosphenia geminata diatom from Rapid Creek, South Dakota. Photo credit: Dan James, USFWS.

The Great Plains FWCO provides expertise and identification of the aquatic nuisance species, Didymosphenia geminata, commonly known as “didymo” or “rock snot.” Our laboratory accepts samples of suspected didymo for the purpose of identifying and verifying the diatom. We can also answer questions regarding didymo ecology and its interaction with aquatic resources.

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Past Projects and Activities »

Sampling in the Missouri River with gill nets. Credit: USFWS.

Dan James (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) holds a largemouth bass sampled from Valentine National Wildlife Refuge during a nighttime electrofishing survey. Photo credit: Dane Shuman USFWS-retired.

  • Valentine National Wildlife Refuge Fisheries Assessment
  • Population Characteristics of the Fish Community in the Niobrara River Downstream of Spencer Dam, Nebraska
  • Pallid Sturgeon Bioenergetics Study
  • Missouri River Macroinvertebrate Study
  • Paddlefish Genetics Study
  • Pallid Sturgeon Catchability Project

 

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Newsletters »


Publications and Research Reports »

Peer-reviewed publications »

2019

Pierce, L. L., D. A. Shuman, D. A. James, K. Steffensen, R. Wilson, K. Winders, and A. McDaniel. 2019. Emigration of hatchery-reared pallid sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus albus (Forbes and Richardson), through a Missouri River dam. Fisheries Management and Ecology 26:295-305. https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12349.


2018

Hamel, M. J., M. T. Porath, and L. L. Pierce. 2018. Young professional survey results: member and nonmember perspectives on decisions to join the American Fisheries Society. Fisheries 43:217-277. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10066.


2017

Phelps, Q. E., S. J. Tripp, K. R. Bales, D. A. James, R. A. Hrabik, and D. P. Herzog. 2017. Incorporating basic and applied approaches to evaluate the effects of invasive Asian carp on native fishes: A necessary first step for integrated pest management. PLOS One 12(9):e0184081. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0184081.


2016

James, D. A., and S. R. Chipps. 2016. Influence of Didymosphenia geminata blooms on prey composition and associated diet and growth of brown trout. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 145:195-205. https://doi.org/10.1080/00028487.2015.1111255.

Smith, B. J., D. J. Dembkowski, D. A. James, and M. R. Wuellner. 2016. A simple method to reduce interpretation error of ages estimated from otoliths. The Open Fish Science Journal 9:1-7. http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/1874401X01609010001.


2015

Fincel, M. J., C. M. Longhenry, and D. A. James. 2015. Effects of a protected slot limit on smallmouth bass size structure and angler harvest. Lake and Reservoir Management 31:180-189. https://doi.org/10.1080/10402381.2015.1059912.

James, D. A., M. L. Bothwell, S. R. Chipps, and J. Carreiro. 2015. Use of phosphorus to reduce blooms of the benthic diatom Didymosphenia geminata in an oligotrophic stream. Freshwater Science 34:1272-1281. https://doi.org/10.1086/683038.

Pierce, L. L., B. D. S. Graeb, D. W. Willis, and J. S. Sorensen. 2015. Evaluating effects of exploitation on annual apparent mortality rates of paddlefish using mark–recapture data. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144:337-344. https://doi.org/10.1080/00028487.2014.991445.


2014

Fincel, M. J., D. A. James, S. R. Chipps, and B. A. Davis. 2014. Using cumulative diet data and stable isotope analysis to determine trophic position of walleye in a large, complex system. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 29:441-447. https://doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2014.910713.

Huenemann, T. W., K. D. Steffensen, G. Mestl, D. A. Shuman, and S. Stukel. 2014. The status of fishes in the Missouri River, Nebraska: Emerald shiner (Notropis atherinoides), red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis), river shiner (N. blennius), sand shiner (N. stramineus), spotfin shiner (C. spiloptera). Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 35:15-33. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/475.

James, D. A., J. L. Fischer, J. D. Laube, and M. E. Spindler. 2014. An accuracy assessment of ultrasonic transmitter locations determined by mobile telemetry in aquatic systems. Fisheries Management and Ecology 21:421-425. https://doi.org/10.1111/fme.12089.

James, D. A., K. Mosel, and S. R. Chipps. 2014. The influence of light, stream gradient, and iron on Didymosphenia geminata bloom development in the Black Hills, South Dakota. Hydrobiologia 721:117-127.
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10750-013-1654-y.

Steffensen, K. D., D. A. Shuman, R. A. Klumb, and S. Stukel. 2014. The status of fishes in the Missouri River, Nebraska: Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus). Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 34:3-15. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/465.

Steffensen, K. D., S. Stukel, and D. A. Shuman. 2014. The status of fishes in the Missouri River, Nebraska: Blue sucker Cycleptus elongatus. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences 35:1-11. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/473.

Steffensen, K. D., S. Stukel, and D. A. Shuman. 2014. The status of fishes in the Missouri River, Nebraska: Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences and Affiliated Societies 34:40-45. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/468.

Steffensen, K. D., S. Stukel, and D. A. Shuman. 2014. The status of fishes in the Missouri River, Nebraska: Shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus). Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences and Affiliated Societies 34:16-26. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/466.

Steffensen, K. D., S. Stukel, and D. A. Shuman. 2014. The status of Nebraska fishes in the Missouri River: Sauger Sander canadensis. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences and Affiliated Societies 34:68-79. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/471.

Steffensen, K. D., S. Stukel, and D. A. Shuman. 2014. The status of Nebraska fishes in the Missouri River: Shoal chub Macrhybopsis hyostoma, sicklefin chub M. meeki, sturgeon chub M. gelida, silver chub M. Storeriana, flathead chub Platygobio gracilis, western silvery minnow H. argyritis, brassy minnow H. hankinsoni, and plains minnow Hybognathus placitus. Transactions of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences and Affiliated Societies 34:49-67. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/tnas/470.


2012

Bothwell, M. L., C. Kilroy, B. W. Taylor, E. T. Ellison, D. A. James, C. Gillis, K. D. Bladon, and U. Silins. 2012. Iron is not responsible for Didymosphenia geminata bloom formation in phosphorus-poor rivers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 69:1723-1727. https://doi.org/10.1139/f2012-112.

James, D. A., I. J. Csargo, A. Von Eschen, M. D. Thul, J. M. Baker, C. A. Hayer, J. Howell, J. Krause, A. Letvin, and S. R. Chipps. 2012. A generalized model for estimating the energy density of invertebrates. Freshwater Science 31:69-77. https://doi.org/10.1899/11-057.1.

Spindler, B. D., S. R. Chipps., R. A. Klumb, B. D. S. Graeb, and M. C. Wimberly. 2012. Habitat and prey availability attributes associated with juvenile and early adult pallid sturgeon occurrence in the Missouri River. Endangered Species Research 16:225-234. https://doi.org/10.3354/esr00408.


2011

Rapp, T., D. A. Shuman, B. D. S. Graeb, and E. J. Peters. 2011. Diet composition and feeding patterns of adult shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus) in the lower Platte River, Nebraska, USA. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27:351-355. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2011.01743.x.

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, R. Wilson, M. Jaeger, T. Haddix, B. Gardner, W. Doyle, P. Horner, M. Ruggles, K. Steffensen, S. Stukel, and G. A. Wanner. 2011. Pallid sturgeon growth, condition, and size structure within the Missouri River basin. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 27:269-281. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2010.01645.x.


2010

Wanner, G. A., R. A. Klumb, D. A. Shuman, K. Steffensen, S. Stukel, and N. J. Utrup. 2010. Comparison of green and white mesh trammel nets and gill nets to assess the fish community in a large river. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:12-25. https://doi.org/10.1577/M07-221.1.


2009

Grohs, K. L., R. A. Klumb, S. R. Chipps, and G. A. Wanner. 2009. Ontogenetic patterns in prey use by pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River, South Dakota and Nebraska. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 25:48-53. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2009.01279.x.

Sloss, B. L., R. A. Klumb, and E. J. Heist. 2009. Genetic conservation and paddlefish propagation. Pages 307–327 in C. Paukert and G. Scholten, editors. Paddlefish management, propagation, and conservation in the 21st century: Building from 20 years of research and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 66, Bethesda, MD.

Wanner, G. A., and R. A. Klumb. 2009. Length-weight relationships for three Asian carp species in the Missouri River. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 24:489-495. https://doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2009.9664322.


2007

Shuman, D. A., J. E. Parham, and E. J. Peters. 2007. Stock characteristics of shovelnose sturgeon in the lower Platte River, Nebraska. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23:484-488. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2007.00880.x.

Shuman, D. A. and E. J. Peters. 2007. Evaluation of pulsed gastric lavage on the survival of captive shovelnose sturgeon. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23:521-524. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2007.00887.x.

Wanner, G. A., R. A. Klumb, G. R. Jordan, and W. J. Stancill. 2007. Habitat use and movements of adult pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River downstream of Fort Randall Dam, South Dakota and Nebraska. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science 86:21-33. http://www.sdaos.org/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/2007/21-35.pdf

Wanner, G. A., D. A. Shuman, M. L. Brown, and D. W. Willis. 2007. An initial assessment of sampling procedures for juvenile pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River downstream of Fort Randall Dam, South Dakota and Nebraska. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 23:529-538. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0426.2007.00890.x|.


2006

Jordan, G. R., R. A. Klumb, G. A. Wanner, and W. J. Stancill. 2006. Post-stocking movements of hatchery-reared juvenile pallid sturgeon in the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam, South Dakota and Nebraska. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:1499-1511. https://doi.org/10.1577/T05-201.1.

Shuman, D. A., D. W. Willis, and S. C. Krentz. 2006. Application of a length-categorization system for pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus). Journal of Freshwater Ecology 21:71-78. https://doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2006.9664098.

Wanner, G. A. 2006. Evaluation of a gastric lavage method on juvenile pallid sturgeon. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:587-591. https://doi.org/10.1577/M05-090.1.

Wanner, G. A., D. A. Shuman, and D. W. Willis. 2006. Food habits of juvenile pallid sturgeon and adult shovelnose sturgeon in the Missouri River below Fort Randall Dam, South Dakota. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 22:81-92. https://doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2007.9664148.


2003

Paukert, C. P., W. Stancill, T. J. DeBates, and D. W. Willis. 2003. Predatory of effects of northern pike and largemouth bass: Bioenergetic modeling and 10 years of fish community sampling. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 18:13-24. https://doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2003.9663947.

Roush, K. D., C. P. Paukert, and W. Stancill. 2003. Distribution and movement of juvenile paddlefish in a mainstem Missouri River reservoir. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 18:79-88. https://doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2003.9663953.


2002

Stancill, W., G. R. Jordan, and C. P. Paukert. 2002. Seasonal migration patterns and site fidelity of adult paddlefish in Lake Francis Case, Missouri River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 22:815-824. https://doi.org/10.1577/15488675

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Reports »

2020

Pierce, L. L., D. A. James, and D. R. Turner. 2020. Offutt Air Force Base Lake, Nebraska: 2019 zebra mussel survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Turner, D. R., D. A. James, and L. L. Pierce. 2020. Offutt Air Force Base Lake, Nebraska: 2019 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2019

Gunning, A. M., D. R. Turner, and D. A. James. 2019. A guide for creating bathymetric lake maps. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., C. Jordan, and Z. Jessee. 2019. Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota: 2016 wetlands monitoring program report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. James, and D. R. Turner. 2019. 2018 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, South Dakota.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. James, and D. R. Turner. 2019. 2019 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Turner, D. R., A. M. Gunning, D. A. James, and C. Combellick. 2019. Cheyenne River Indian Reservation: 2018 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Turner, D. R., D. A. James, and L. L. Pierce. 2019. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska: 2018 zebra mussel survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Turner, D. R., D. A. James, L. L. Pierce, and G. Brundige. 2019. Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota: 2018 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2018

Colvin, M. E, S. Reynolds, R. B. Jacobson, L. L. Pierce, K. D. Steffensen, and T. L. Welker. 2018. Overview of pallid sturgeon assessment framework redesign process. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report. https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181166.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. James, and D. R. Turner. 2018. 2017 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Turner, D. R., James, D. A., and R. Goodman. 2018. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: 2017 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Turner, D. R., James, D. A., and L. L. Pierce. 2018. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska: 2017 zebra mussel survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2017

James, D. A., L. L. Pierce, W. Stacy, and D. A. Shuman. 2017. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska: 2016 zebra mussel survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., D. A. Shuman, L. L. Pierce, and W. L. Stacy. 2017. Offutt Air Force Base Lake, Nebraska: 2016 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. Shuman, D. A. James, and W. L. Stacy. 2017. 2016 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Randall, M. T., M. E. Colvin, K. D. Steffensen, T. L. Welker, L. L. Pierce, and R. B. Jacobson. 2017. Assessment of adult pallid sturgeon fish condition, lower Missouri River - Application of new information to the Missouri River Recovery Program: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1121, 103 p. https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171121.

Stacy, W. L., D. A. James, and E. Boyd-Valandra. 2017. Rosebud Indian Reservation: 2016 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Stacy, W. L., L. L. Pierce, D. A. James, and D. A. Shuman. 2017. Progress report for Lake Sharpe paddlefish telemetry study: May 2015 to November 2016. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.


2016

Jacobson, R. B., M. L. Annis, M. E. Colvin, D. A. James, T. L. Welker, and M. J. Parsley. 2016. Missouri River Scaphirhynchus albus (pallid sturgeon) effects analysis – integrative report 2016. U.S. Geological Survey, Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5064, 154 p. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165064.

Jacobson, R. B., M. J. Parsley, M. L. Annis, M. E. Colvin, T. L. Welker, and D. A. James. 2016. Development of working hypotheses linking management of the Missouri River to population dynamics of Scaphirhynchus albus (pallid sturgeon). U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1236, 33 p. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151236.

James, D. A., L. L. Pierce, and D. A. Shuman. 2016. Offutt Air Force Base Lake, Nebraska: 2015 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., L. L. Pierce, and D. A. Shuman. 2016. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska: 2015 zebra mussel survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., L. L. Pierce, W. Stacy, D. A. Shuman, G. Galinat, and T. Berdan. 2016. Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota: 2014/2015 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., L. L. Pierce, W. L. Stacy, D. A. Shuman, and T. Berdan. 2016. Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota: 2016 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. James, D. A. Shuman, and R. A. Klumb. 2016. Pallid sturgeon detectability, catchability and post-handling survival with four standardized sampling gears, and movement of pallid sturgeon during the 2011 flood. Final report prepared for the Western Area Power Administration, Billings, MT, and the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. Shuman, and D. A. James. 2016. 2015 Annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Reese, S. E., and D. A. James. 2016. Offutt Air Force Base Lake, Nebraska: 2016 zebra mussel predation report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Stacy, W. L., D. A. James, and R. Goodman. 2016. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: 2015 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2015

Hamel, M. J., and L. L. Pierce. 2015. A survey to elucidate the thoughts and behaviors of fisheries professionals toward membership in the American Fisheries Society. American Fisheries Society, Fisheries Management Section, Bethesda, MD. Available: http://fms.fisheries.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/FMS-YP-Survey-Final-Report-07-21-15-2.pdf.

Jacobson, R. B., M. J. Parsley, M. L. Annis, M. E. Colvin, T. L. Welker, and D. A. James. 2015. Development of conceptual ecological models linking management of the Missouri River to pallid sturgeon population dynamics. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015-1038. 47 p. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151038.

Jacobson, R. B., M. J. Parsley, M. L. Annis, M. E. Colvin, T. L. Welker, and D. A. James. 2015. Science information to support Missouri River Scaphirhynchus albus (pallid sturgeon) effects analysis. U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 2015-1226, 78 p. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151226.

James, D. A. 2015. Base Lake, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska: 2014 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., L. L. Pierce, and D. A. Shuman. 2015. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska: 2014 zebra mussel survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Service, Pierre, SD.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. Shuman, D. A. James, and K. L. Grohs. 2015. 2014 Annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2014

James, D. A. 2014. 2013 fisheries survey report: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Pierce, L. L., D. A. Shuman, R. A. Klumb, D. A. James, and K. L. Grohs. 2014. 2013 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2013

Fincel, M. J., C. Longhenry, D. A. James, R. Hanten, and K. Potter. 2013. Effects of a protected slot limit on smallmouth bass size structure and angler harvest in a large Missouri River reservoir. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A. 2013. 2012 fisheries survey report: Valentine National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A. 2013. A survey for the aquatic invasive species New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Prepared for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Region 6, Lakewood, CO. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A. 2013. Risk potential for the aquatic invasive species Didymosphenia geminata to bloom in selected streams of the Black Hills, South Dakota. Prepared for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Region 6, Lakewood, CO. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, South Dakota.

James, D. A., and E. Boyd. 2013. Rosebud Indian Reservation: 2012 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

James, D. A., and R. Goodman. 2013. Pine Ridge Indian Reservation: 2012 fisheries survey report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, D. A. James, and K. L. Grohs. 2013. 2011 floodplain sampling report for the fish community in the Missouri River: Segments 5 & 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, D. A. James, and K. L. Grohs. 2013. 2012 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2012

Shuman, D. A. and R. A. Klumb. 2012. 2011 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2011

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, G. A. Wanner, and K. L. Grohs. 2011. 2010 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Wanner, G. A., K. L. Grohs, and R. A. Klumb. 2011. Spatial and temporal patterns and the influence of abiotic factors on larval fish catches in the lower Niobrara River, Nebraska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Wanner, G. A., M. A. Pegg, S. Schainost, R. A. Klumb, and D. A. Shuman. 2011. River geomorphology and fish barriers affect on spatial and temporal patterns of fish assemblages in the Niobrara River, Nebraska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2010

Grohs, K. L., and R. A. Klumb. 2010. Asian clam sampling on five South Dakota reservations. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Grohs, K. L., D. A. Shuman, and R. A. Klumb. 2010. Asian clam sampling on the Missouri River downstream of the Big Bend Dam in Lake Francis Case, South Dakota. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, K. L. Grohs, and G. A. Wanner. 2010. 2009 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Wanner, G. A., D. A. Shuman, K. L. Grohs, and R. A. Klumb. 2010. Population characteristics of sturgeon and Asian carp in the Niobrara River downstream of Spencer Dam, Nebraska in 2008 and 2009. Prepared for Nebraska Public Power District – Columbus, Nebraska. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2009

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, and G. A. Wanner. 2009. 2008 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment project and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Wanner, G. A., and R. A. Klumb. 2009. Asian carp in the Missouri River: Analysis from multiple Missouri River habitat and fisheries programs. Prepared for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Region 6, Lakewood, CO. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Wanner, G. A., M. P. Nenneman, M. Lindvall, and M. A. Kaemingk. 2009. Common carp abundance, biomass, and removal from Dewey and Clear lakes on the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge: Does trapping and removing carp pay off? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Wanner, G. A., M. A. Pegg, D. A. Shuman, and R. A. Klumb. 2009. Niobrara River fish community downstream of Spencer Dam, Nebraska. 2008 progress report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2008

Shuman, D. A., G. A. Wanner, R. A. Klumb, and W. J. Stancill. 2008. 2007 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment project and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2007

Berg, K., and R. Klumb. 2007. Macroinvertebrate sampling in the Missouri River below Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams during 2005 and 2006. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Klumb, R. A. 2007. Shallow water fish communities in the Missouri River downstream of Fort Randall Gavins Point dams in 2003 and 2004 with emphasis on Asian carps. Prepared for the Aquatic Nuisance Species Coordinator, USFWS, Region 6, Lakewood, CO. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.

Shuman, D. A., G. A. Wanner, R. A. Klumb, and W. J. Stancill. 2007. 2006 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment project and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2006

Shuman, D. A., G. A. Wanner, and R. A. Klumb. 2006. 2005 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2005

Shuman, D. A., R. A. Klumb, and S. T. McAlpin. 2005. 2004 annual report: Pallid sturgeon population assessment and associated fish community monitoring for the Missouri River: Segments 5 and 6. Prepared for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers - Missouri River Recovery Program. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office, Pierre, SD.


2003

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 2003. An evaluation of sampling techniques and life history information on bighead carp in the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam, South Dakota and Nebraska. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Great Plains Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance Office, Pierre, SD.

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Photo of Dan James on the River. Credit: USFWS.

Photo of Dan James on the River. Credit: USFWS.

Project Leader (Acting): Dan James
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Phone: (605) 224-8693 ext. 225
daniel_james@fws.gov

Dan James joined the Great Plains FWCO in 2011 as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist. After earning both Bachelor (1999) and Master (2002) of Science degrees in Biology from the University of South Dakota, he worked as a fisheries biologist for more than five years before pursuing and receiving a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University in 2011.

Dan has been Acting Project Leader since June 2017, but works primarily as a USFWS liaison to the US Air Force to help with scientific research, fish and wildlife management, invasive species management, and conservation of native, threatened, and endangered species. He participates in research and conservation activities related to the endangered pallid sturgeon and associated Missouri River recovery efforts. In addition, he works with the FWS Aquatic Invasive Species program, specializing in issues related to the diatom Didymosphenia geminata and also works with Native American tribes in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas to support their fisheries management programs. Finally, Dan serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University, where he serves on graduate student committees.


Photo of Landon Pierce. Credit: USFWS.

Photo of Landon Pierce. Credit: USFWS.

Landon Pierce
Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Phone: (605) 224-8693 ext. 230
landon_pierce@fws.gov

Landon Pierce joined the Great Plains FWCO in February 2014 and leads pallid sturgeon monitoring and recovery efforts for this office. Landon is actively involved in pallid sturgeon recovery as a member of the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup Governing Board, the Middle Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup, and the Missouri River Recovery Program Pallid Sturgeon Technical Team.

Landon received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Science from South Dakota State University, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from University of Missouri.

 

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