From: Julian D. Olden <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 9:23 PM
Subject: request for Olympic mudminnow occurrence data
Greetings Olympic mudminnow enthusiasts!
We are writing to let you know about a new Olympic mudminnow research project led by Lauren Kuehne and myself at UW, and ask for your help. We are embarking on a new project aimed at modeling the distribution of mudminnow across its range, including a special emphasis on the north Olympic Peninsula (in and around Olympic National Park). As many of you may know, based on statewide genetic analysis done by USFWS in 2012, that portion of the population was identified as a priority for research and conservation based on small size and historical isolation.
We are using existing presence data for Olympic mudminnow as the basis for our species (niche) distributional modeling; the outputs will given some indication of potential suitable habitat and help guide our sampling efforts this summer. We plan to publish the results from this modeling effort (but not the raw data). Most of this data comes from Washington State's Priority Habitat and Species Database (PHS http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/phs/) and US Fish and Wildlife Service, but we are also requesting any verified occurrences - recent or otherwise - that you may know of which are not in PHS (or you are uncertain). Even single geographic locations would help. Occurrence data on the Olympic Peninsula is especially sparse and we would be particularly interested in those data points. We are working with USFWS and WDFW to update the PHS database as part of this effort, so not only would the data help us out, but if occurrences can be verified and put into PHS you would be helping future mudminnow research too.
In related news, we just published a research article (January issue of Transactions of the American Fisheries Society) on occupancy and detection of mudminnow based recent surveys that we conducted in the Chehalis River. We've attached the article which relates to dominant environmental predictors that we discovered for mudminnow as well as development of standardized sampling protocols. We hope this latest contribution is useful to the community!
Please contact us if you have presence data for mudminnow that you would be willing to share to our effort.
Thanks so much for your consideration.
Julian D. Olden
H. Mason Keeler Endowed Professor
Freshwater Ecology & Conservation Lab
School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle WA 98195
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