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Katelyn Lawson

Researcher
Fish Biology
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands

Biography

Katelyn is a Research Fish Biologist at the Columbia Environmental Research Center. She attended Auburn University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology and Master of Science degree in Fisheries. Her research at Auburn focused on the long- and short-term effects of water availability and land use change on fish assemblage composition in tributaries of the Chattahoochee River. She is currently a PhD candidate in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Florida and her dissertation research evaluates the use of life history traits to predict successful completion of the invasion process by non-native freshwater fishes in Florida. Since joining USGS, she has worked on projects that investigate the use of sound, chemical, and food stimuli for Asian Carp control. Current projects include testing the use of sound to herd Carp into an area for more efficient removal, and testing the use of food attractants to concentrate fish in an area for more efficient removal, higher detection probability, and for targeted microparticle delivery.

Research Interest

Fish Biology

Publications

  • The role of flow dependency and water availability in fish assemblage homogenization in tributaries of the Chattahoochee River, Alabama, USA Lawson, K.M., and Johnston, C.E., 2016, The role of flow dependency and water availability in fish assemblage homogenization in tributaries of the Chattahoochee River, Alabama, USA: Ecology of Freshwater Fish, v. 25, no. 4, p. 631-641

  • Landscape-scale survey of non-native fishes near ornamental aquaculture facilities in Florida, USA Tuckett, Q.M., Ritch, J.L., Lawson, K.M., and Hill, J.E., 2017, Landscape-scale survey of non-native fishes near ornamental aquaculture facilities in Florida, USA: Biological Invasions, v. 19, no. 1, p. 223-237

  • First record of a reproducing population of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis Daudin, 1802 in Florida (USA),Hill, J.E., Lawson, K.M., and Tuckett, Q.M., 2017, First record of a reproducing population of the African clawed frog Xenopus laevis Daudin, 1802 in Florida (USA): BioInvasions Record, v. 6, no. 1, p. 87–94

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