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Mark Wildhaber, PhD

Dr. Mark Wildhaber is a Research Ecologist at the Columbia Environmental Research Center.

Mark has worked at USGS, Columbia Environment Research Center since 1991. His major responsibilities include research in all areas of aquatic ecology, fish biology, behavioral ecology, ecological modeling, and climate change in understanding for and support of conservation and recovery efforts. His expertise includes: at-risk, threatened, and endangered fishes, reproductive ecology, bioenergetics and population, community, and ecosystem modeling and forecasting, population monitoring and experiment designs, and Bayesian and non-Bayesian approaches to analyzing fisheries data. Mark's research includes reproductive behavior and physiology and abiotic and biotic requirements for reproductive success of commercially valuable and/or federally-listed as threatened or endangered fishes; effects of heavy metals and acidic contamination on riverine ecosystems; effects of water management on the benthic fish community of riverine ecosystems; effects of organic and inorganic contamination on aquatic benthic invertebrate communities; and spatial and temporal hierarchical fish population modeling using spatially-explicit individual-based models that incorporate bioenergetics, foraging theory, and other models of habitat choice under varying environmental conditions in the context of global climate to guide conservation and recovery efforts.

Professional Experience

  • 1997-present Research Ecologist/Quantitative Ecology Section Leader, USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center

  • 1991-1997 Statistician, USFWS/NBS National Fisheries Contaminant Research Center

  • 1989-1991 Research Associate and Tutor, Department of Zoology, North Carolina State University 

  • 1983-1989 Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology, North Carolina State University

  • 1981-1983 Teaching Assistant, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Texas A&M University

  • 1979 Laboratory Assistant, Department of Biology, Southeast Missouri State University

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Zoology and Biomathematics, Southeast Missouri State University 1989

  • M.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Southeast Missouri State University 1985

  • B.S. Zoology and Mathematics, Minor in Chemistry, Southeast Missouri State University 1981

Affiliations and Memberships

  • 2017-presesent, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sturgeon Specialty Group Commission Member

  • 2009-present Member, World Sturgeon Conservation Society

  • 2002-present Fellow, American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists

  • 1993-present Member, North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society

  • 1993-1994 Continuing Education Coordinator, North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society

  • 1993-present Member, Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

  • 1993-1995 Continuing Education Coordinator, Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

  • 1990-present Member, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists

  • 1988-present Member, Animal Behavior Society

  • 2004-present Member,  Conservation Committee, Animal Behavior Society

  • 1984-present, Member, American Fisheries Society

  • 1994-1995 Member Publications Award Committee, American Fisheries Society

  • 1994-1998 Associate Editor, The Progressive Fish Culturist, American Fisheries Society

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