The USGS Comprehensive Sturgeon Research Program is a multi-year, interdisciplinary research study to determine factors leading to spawning and survival of the endangered pallid sturgeon and the closely related shovelnose sturgeon. This research is organized into the following tasks:
Movement and Behavior – Tracks and monitors sturgeon using a telemetry system and implanted sensors to understand reproduction and the relationship between environmental conditions and reproductive success.
Physiology – Evaluates indicators of sturgeon spawning, and identifies the environmental cues that influence spawning and reproductive development.
Early life history – Evaluates effects of flow and water temperature on spawning and spatial and temporal distribution of larvae
Habitat – Deploys habitat assessments to evaluate physical constraints on sturgeon reproduction and survival.
Data management and integration – Manages and integrates data through development of relational databases to enhance understanding.
Synthesis and modeling – Develops behavior and population forecasting models to facilitate resource management decisions.