Below are a few project highlights that research students and professors at ESU have been working on.
King Lake Research
Check out this presentation that was created by the Fisheries management class in the Fall 2022 semester!
Inside includes information about the history, Limnological Parameters, fishing regulations, management suggestions, and future plans of King Lake.
Brianna Jones is an underclassman at ESU who used the PAROC facility to spearhead her research on rainbow trout. Using the aquatic laboratories, Brianna was able to house hundreds of fish for her project. The goal was to find out what conditions are best for raising trout in hatcheries so that when they are released, they can live longer lives. By exposing the trout to various conditions such as moving water, stagnate water, turbid water, and clear water, Brianna was able to better understand what condition the trout preferred. This research contributes to knowing how these fish can live happier, healthier, and longer lives when released.
Hi, I'm Austin, a master's student here at ESU. PAROC is the home-base for my research where I'm looking at the impact of invasive carp (think the videos of hundreds of fish jumping at/onto boats) and how they affect food webs/resident fish of the Kansas River through stable isotopes- a "you are what you eat" approach. The PAROC facility is invaluable especially now as our field collections are in full swing and the location of the lab offers a great view of the nature we're working to protect!
My name is Trevor and I am a masters student here at Emporia State University.
I am currently studying phenotypic plasticity and genetics of native planktivores in the Kansas River and documenting their response due to competition with invasive carp species impacting food availability . This research topic lines up with my broader research interest in conservation of native fish and their responses to anthropogenic and environmental stressors.