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New book on stream fish communities, with free online data sets

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#1 fundulus

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Posted 29 May 2017 - 06:04 PM

The following is an email I received from Bill Matthews, now retired from the University of Oklahoma. The book by him and his wife
Edie Marsh-Matthews is valuable for anyone interested in what might happen with stream fish dynamics in the SE USA. And, even
more fun, their datasets are freely available on line.


Hi. Several of you at the Poeciliid Conference have asked about large, whole stream fish community datasets that Edie and I
have recently posted to the Dryad Digital Repositiry, releasing them for public use, teaching, re-analyses, modeling, etc., with
no strings attached. We simply hope that anybody interested in teaching or research in community ecology might make use of
these data, which range from some spanning 40 years to others that are monthly samples. The body of an earlier email,
below, explains in more detail.

Our book, Stream Fish Community Dynamics: A Critical Synthesis (W. J. Matthews and E. Marsh-Matthews) was released in
April 2017 by Johns Hopkins University Press. Much of this book is based on analyses of our own long-term or short-term
datasets for 9 global stream fish communities (each with multiple sites within the watershed) and 31 local communities
(i.e., at individual sites we have sampled repeatedly). These datasets are all now freely available at the Dryad Digital
Repository at the following link:

Data available from the Dryad Digital Repository: http://dx.doi.org/10.5061/dryad.2435k

We invite you, students, or colleagues to download the data and use them in any way you might wish: re-analyses, modeling,
teaching, other ideas. We only ask that the source of the data be acknowledged. The datasets include all of our Piney Creek
data, Brier Creek data, Kiamichi River data, data from class collections from the 1970s or 1980s until now all over Oklahoma,
and data from various projects that kept us going back to the same place again and again in Oklahoma or Arkansas. There also is
a monthly dataset from one year in the Roanoke River, Virginia.

Best wishes and thanks very much,


William J. Matthews, Professor Emeritus
Department of Biology
University of Oklahoma
730 Van Vleet Oval
Norman, OK 73019 USA
Bruce Stallsmith, Huntsville, Alabama, US of A

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