Adirondack Fishery Research Program

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Cliff Kraft, Director of Adirondack Fishery Research Program
I study ecosystem interactions that influence the management of freshwater fish populations in lakes and rivers -- with an emphasis on Adirondack ecosystems. My research efforts involve large-scale and small-scale experimental manipulations, as well as taking advantage of natural experiments that can help identify key ecosystem processes.

Dan Josephson, Research Associate
I have worked for Cornell University in association with the Adirondack Fishery Research Program (AFRP) for 37 years. I manage the Little Moose Field Station which is the base of operations for the AFRP. My current research focuses on ecological processes and management practices to restore, conserve, and protect native fish populations in Adirondack waters - with a primary interest in native brook trout, lake trout, and round whitefish.

Kurt Jirka, Research Support Specialist
I provide research support for ecological investigations related to coldwater fisheries and other aquatic resources. Recent work has included characterization of smallmouth bass and brook trout diets, zooplankton community response to improving lake pH, analysis of age and growth in wild brook trout populations, and evaluating the biological condition of aquatic macroinvertebrates in an Adirondack watershed.

Eileen Randall, Research Technician
I provide research support for investigations of processes that influence coldwater fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. Areas of expertise include fish ageing, fish population sampling, native trout habitat characterization and evaluation, and fisheries photography/videography.

Binbin Wang, Graduate Student
My research is focusing on nutrient limitation by algae in freshwaters, relationships between thiamine content in waters and algal communities, and the determination of thiamine in natural waters.

Ben Marcy-Quay, Graduate Student
I study the dynamics of recovering salmonid populations in the Adirondacks with a focus on movement – both how it affects these processes and how it can be incorporated into population models. I'm also particularly interested in using modern technology to develop and improve fisheries research techniques

Mariah Meek, Post-Doctoral Associate
My primary research interests are in the ecological and evolutionary processes that generate and maintain diversity within and among populations, with an emphasis on applying an understanding of these patterns and processes to problems in conservation and management. I am studying the effects of local adaptation and thermal stress in brook trout to gain a better understanding of how these two forces will intersect to drive changes in populations under climate change.

Roxanne Razavi, Post-Doctoral Fellow
I study anthropogenic stressors on freshwaters – specifically how pollutants are transferred through aquatic food webs or can affect freshwater ecosystem structure and function. My current research focuses on the dynamics of mercury bioaccumulation in the Finger Lakes and tributaries.

Former Grad Students

  • Tom Daniel (M.S.)

  • Alex Alexiades (Ph.D 2015) - Assistant Professor, Heritage University, Toppenish, WA

  • Beth Boisvert (M.S. 2008) - formerly employed by AKRF Consulting

  • Claire Ingel (M.S.) - Environmental Scientist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ontario, CA

  • Jesse Lepak (M.S. 2004, Ph.D 2008) - formerly Research Scientist, Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

  • Laura Martin (Ph.D 2015) - Ziff Environmental Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment and the Department of the History of Science, Cambridge, MA

  • Nick Principe (M.S. 2005) - currently Instructor, Collegeville, PA

  • Jason Robinson (M.S. 2008) - Aquatic Biologist, Lake Erie Unit, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Dunkirk, NY

  • Hannah Shayler (M.S. 2008) - Extension Associate, Cornell Waste Management Institute, Ithaca, NY

  • Tamara Smith (M.S. 2002) - Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bloomington, MN

  • Peter Stevens (M.S. 2008) - Senior Biologist, Cramer Fish Sciences, Gresham, OR

  • Dana Warren (M.S. 2002, Ph.D 2008) - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society/Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

  • Brian Weidel (M.S. 2004) - Research Fishery Biologist, Lake Ontario Biological Station, Oswego NY

  • Elise Zipkin (M.S. 2008) - Assistant Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

    Former Post-Doctoral Associates

  • Andrew Millward - faculty, Ryerson University

  • Geoff Steinhart - faculty, Lake Superior State University