Last week brought great news that our work on the food webs of northern leatherside chub was accepted to Ecology of Freshwater Fish. This study documents a shift in trophic position of common fishes in streams where NLC is absent. The shift is independent of habitat variation, meaning the food webs at these sites may be altered. This has exciting potential, as it may mean more than just habitat restoration is required to protect species of conservation need. I’ll post a longer write-up when it goes to press… Wesner, JS, and MC Belk. Accepted. Variation in the trophic position of common stream fishes and its relationship to the presence of a rare fish, northern leatherside chub (Lepidomeda copei). Ecology of Freshwater Fish.
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