- Over 60 sites were sampled in 2017 using electrofishing and hook & line sampling methods
- Fin clips were collected from each fish captured
- Tissue is currently being analysed for genetic determination (pure Bartram's Bass, pure Alabama Bass, or hybrid)
- Land use and other watershed data will be analyzed with genetic distribution to create a species distribution model
Example of how a species distribution model is formed (Smyth, R. 2014).
Genetic analyses are underway to provide species determination for each individual and nest sampled
2018 field season
Complete species distribution model with genetic data and watershed level factors
Diet analyses of Bartram's Bass
Age and growth of Bartram's Bass
Thank you to all those who provided support in the field, especially my technicians: David Bell, Alex Michaeli, Wesley Moore, our AFS Hutton Scholar Kristin Abernathy, and my advisor Dr. Brandon Peoples.
From left: Alex Michaeli, Wesley Moore, David Bell
From left: Brandon Peoples, Kristin Abernathy, Emily Judson
Freeman, B., A. Taylor, K.Oswald, J. Wares, M. Freeman, J. Quattro, and J. Leitner. 2013. Shoal Basses, a clade of cryptic identity.
Oswald, K.J. 2007. Phylogeography and contemporary history of Redeye Bass (Micropterus coosae). Ph.D. Dissertation, University of South Carolina.
Oswald, K., J.Leitner, D. Rankin, D. H. Barwick, B. Freeman, T. Greig, M. Bangs, and J. Quattro. 2015. Evolutionary genetic diversification, demography, and conservation of Bartram’s Bass.
Smyth, R. 2014, February 5. Species Distribution Modeling.