Dam Removal Way Down Yonder

The famous Chattahoochee River starts as a spring-fed mountain stream in the southern Appalachians. After it fills Lake Lanier with drinking water for Atlanta, it travels south through the Piedmont, forming the state line between Georgia and Alabama. As it makes its way over rocky shoals towards the coastal plain and the Gulf of Mexico,…

Super Models of Science

By: Dana Sackett While the title of this article may bring to mind runway models in lab coats, this week I want to discuss those ‘super’ models that scientists use to describe, understand, and predict the world around us.  These types of models allow us to better understand why an ecosystem is the way it…

10 Lessons Learned From Writing a Book About Fish

Guest Authors: Corbin D. Hilling, Derek A. Wheaton, and Donald J. Orth Editor: Patrick Cooney We are impatiently awaiting the September 24, 2019 release of the Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Virginia.  We’d rather not admit when we first began thinking about this field guide, because we grossly underestimated how much work this little…

Repeat Spawner Series: How Many Species of Black Bass?

I was out on the bayou (Louisiana) with graduate students today, collecting fishes for one of their projects. We were targeting Spotted Gars, but ran into an unusual abundance of Largemouth Bass. This got me thinking about “the most popular sport fish” in the USA: the Black Basses. Although many anglers and fish enthusiasts are…

Essential Alligator Gar Research Underway in Oklahoma

By Craig Springer, USFWS Lake Texoma lies over the Texas – Oklahoma state line. This boundary water is enormous. Denison Dam backs up the Red and Washita rivers for miles. The swollen arms of several tributary streams form massive lake coves that shoulder into the main water body. Consequently, there is much open water and…