Paul Angermeier, Co-Chair

US Geological Survey, Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research

Term: 2021 - 2024

Action Team Assignment: Freshwater Habitat & Fish Passage

Monitoring and Assessment Team Assignments: Aquatic Fauna, Human Dimensions

STAC Member Since: October 2018

Titles: Research Scientist / Professor

Departments: Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit / Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Organizations: US Geological Survey / Virginia Tech

Education: PhD Ecology, University of Illinois (1983) MS Ecology, University of Illinois (1979) BS Environmental Science, Purdue University (1975)

Primary Focus Area: Ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes

Secondary Focus Area(s): Ecosystem services provided by healthy watersheds

Career Experiences: I became a US Geological Survey scientist with the Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (at Virginia Tech) in 1988. My position primarily focuses on funding and advising graduate students, and secondarily on teaching graduate courses. My research broadly encompasses the ecology and conservation of freshwater ecosystems, with an emphasis on five areas: a) population dynamics of imperiled fishes, b) habitat associations of stream fishes, c) ecosystem services provided by watersheds, d) use of biotic communities to assess water quality, and e) impacts of invasive species. My work applies multiple analytical approaches (e.g., field surveys, experiments, simulations) to a range of spatial scales (e.g., regional landscapes, watersheds, stream reaches, habitat patches). I have taught recent courses on Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. Overarching aims of my work are to advance scientific understanding of how ecosystems (including ecological and socioeconomic components) operate and to make that knowledge available to resource managers and other stakeholders so they are better able to make decisions to promote sustainability.