THOMAS J. KWAK
Professor of Biology
North Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Biology, Box 7617
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7617
The NC Coop Unit 50th Anniversary
Reception and Unit History Booklet
Contemporary Research in Fisheries and Wildlife
NC Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit
2011-2102 Biennial Report of Activities
Grad Student Symposium and Award
Symposium and Catfish Research Magazine Article
Imperiled Redhorse in the News
Sicklefin Redhorse Research Magazine Article
Hutton Scholar Summer Intern
Aya Tajiri: American Fisheries Society Hutton Scholar
Long-Term Population Studies
NCSU Summer Camp Fish Population Estimates
Introduced Flathead Catfish in the Southeastern United States:
Biology, Ecology, and Human Dimensions
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1993.
INTERESTS: Fish and Mussel Ecology and Management, Conservation Ecology, Production Biology.
RESEARCH: My research and that of my students centers around fish and mussel ecology, biotic interactions, and impacts of habitat and environmental alterations -- especially in the stream environment. The main emphasis of this work has been in identifying physical and biotic influences on the ecological success of aquatic fauna at different spatial, temporal, and organizational scales and quantifying such relationships. This includes studies of population and production dynamics, community interactions, habitat assessment and manipulation, ecotoxicology, food-web functions, density-dependent effects, and empirical and simulation modeling. In addition to many sampling and parameter-estimating techniques, we've incorporated biotelemetry, global positioning systems, geographic information systems, stable isotope ratios, contaminant analyses and bioassays, and computer software development into our research. The ultimate goal of this effort is to incorporate our science into sound ecosystem and fisheries conservation and management.
TEACHING: FW 312, Fisheries Techniques and Management; FW 595, Management of Small Impoundments; Biol 580, Ecology and Management of Fishes; Biol 5061, Restoration Ecology.
Recent & Ongoing Research
Pop/Pro Statistical Software
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