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Michael P Carey, Ph.D.

Community ecology of fish, Food web dynamics, Anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem function, Invasive species

My research program seeks to better understand the role of ecological processes in shaping fish distribution and population characteristics, habitat requirements of fish, and evolutionary adaptations of aquatic organisms in response to environmental gradients. Specifically, I focus on three drivers of fish communities and populations: (1) aquatic thermal regimes, (2) Arctic landscapes dynamics, and (3) invasive species.

Currently, we lack a robust understanding of how these processes influence fish communities in high-latitude ecosystems for which information is critical to inform management and policy decisions due to a rapidly changing landscape from natural and human pressures. To understand processes that influence fish communities in Arctic and Subarctic ecosystems, my research program combines field monitoring, large-scale comparative studies, simulation modeling, and experiments at multiple spatial and temporal scales and results of these studies are used to guide conservation, protection, and management of fish and fish habitats throughout the North Pacific Rim and Alaska.

Professional Experience

  • 2012 - Present  Research Fishery Biologist, USGS, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, Alaska

  • 2009 - 2012      Research Associate of the National Research Council, NOAA Fisheries,
                                Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA

  • 2003 - 2009      Research Assistant, Illinois Natural History Survey

  • 1999 - 2002      Research Assistant, Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research
                                Unit USGS-BRD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

  • 1998                    Fisheries Technician, U.S. Forest Service, Payette National Forest,
                                Council, ID

  • 1996-1997        Biological Technician, Trout Lake Field Station, Northern Temperate Lakes
                               LTER, Boulder Junction, WI

  • 1996  NSF         Research experience for Undergraduates fellowship, Trout Lake Field Station,
                               North Temperate Lakes LTER, Boulder Junction, WI

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D.  2009  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation

  • M.S.   2002   University of Massachusetts-Amherst   Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation

  • B.S.   1997     University of Wisconsin-Madison   Zoology

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • American Fisheries Society

  • Ecological Society of America, Aquatic Section

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government