Biology Graduate Student Receives Award for Fish Ecology Research

Posted on 11/27/2017 1:04:21 PM

Karli Rogers and her research posterBiology graduate student Karli Rogers received first place in her category at the 12th annual Susquehanna River Symposium student poster competition on November 10–11, 2017, at Bucknell University.

The symposium was attended by more than 300 professionals from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, including students, faculty, scientists, engineers, policy makers, consultants, and community members. Over 80 posters were presented by students and faculty from 16 universities.

Rogers' poster, titled "Assessment of brook trout passage through ambiguous culvert barriers in Pennsylvania headwater streams," describes a nearly two-year study about the impacts that roads constructed over streams have on fish populations. Rogers recorded movement patterns of brook trout, Pennsylvania's state fish, through culverts that carry stream water underneath roads. These culverts divide and fragment otherwise cohesive fish populations by impeding migration upstream. Rogers discovered how culvert design interacts with environmental conditions to determine passage rates by brook trout. Her work has implications for improving habitat restoration for this high-priority fish species. 

This project represents a collaborative effort between IUP biology assistant professor David Janetski and associate professor Joe Duchamp, Jonathan Niles (Susquehanna University), and Shawn Rummel and Kathleen Lavelle (Trout Unlimited).

Rogers has also presented her research at national conferences in North Carolina and Yellowstone National Park.

Department of  Biology