Managing freshwater fish in a changing climate (Kraft Lab)

Program or topic

Kraft Lab (managing freshwater fish in changing climate)

Department(s) or unit(s)

Department of Natural Resources

Contact information

Clifford Kraft
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources
(607) 255-2775

Program goals

Managing freshwater fish populations in New York lake and river systems with respect to a changing climate.

Brief Description

With current trends of increasing temperatures and changing atmospheric influences upon waters in the Adirondack region, it is becoming increasingly important to make recommendations for managing and restoring sustainable aquatic ecosystems in the context of a changing climate. The Adirondack Fishery Research Program investigates ecosystem processes in lakes and streams throughout the Adirondacks that influence coldwater fisheries – with a strong focus on salmonine fishes, including trout, char, and salmon. Through programs such as these, Clifford Kraft is helping resource managers prepare for climate-induced changes, so as to ensure the protection of freshwater fisheries for generations to come.

For more information


Clifford Kraft’s Home Page

Adirondack Fishery Research Program

Fish Management in New York State

Key publications:

  • Warren, D.R, J.M. Robinson, D.C. Josephson, D.R. Sheldon and C.E. Kraft. 2012. Elevated summer temperatures delay spawning and reduce redd construction for resident brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). Global Change Biology 18:1804–1811.
  • Robinson, J.M., D.C. Josephson, B.C. Weidel and C.E. Kraft. 2010. Influence of variable summer water temperatures on brook trout growth, consumption, reproduction and mortality in an unstratified Adirondack lake. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:685-699.
  • Warren, D.R., G.E. Likens, D.C. Buso, and C.E. Kraft. 2008. Status and distribution of fish in an acid-impacted watershed of the northeastern United States (Hubbard Brook, NH). Northeastern Naturalist. 15:375-390.

Category: Ecosystems, Freshwater, Natural resources, Wildlife

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