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Susan B. Adams

Aquatic Ecologist-Team Leader
1000 Front Street
Oxford, MS 38655-4915
Phone: 662-234-2744 x267
Fax: 662-234-8318

Current Research

I conduct research on the biology and community ecology of native, warmwater fishes and crayfishes at various spatial and temporal scales. Research is directed toward understanding mechanisms contributing to the structure of aquatic communities, quantifying the effects of disturbance on aquatic systems, and improving knowledge about the taxonomy, distribution, and life history of crayfishes. Much of my current work focuses on how press (e.g., stream warming, dams, land use changes) and pulse (e.g., major storms) disturbances influence communities. I am also involved in long-term research on sculpin distributions and their changes with stream warming in streams of western Montana.

Past Research

Past research has included:

-Habitat correlates of bull trout in Idaho streams

-Mechanisms of invasion by brook trout in Montana and Idaho

-Movements by sculpin, Rocky Mountain tailed frogs, and boreal toads in western streams

-Life history, habitat use, diet, and population genetics of Alabama shad

-Seasonal and interannual variation in warmwater fish assemblages

-Phylogenetics of crayfishes in the Trisellescens subgenus of the genus Orconectes

-Effects of anthropological disturbances on crayfishes

-Life history and phylogenetics of crayfishes


Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Ecology, 1999
The University of Montana, Missoula
M.S. in Fisheries Resources, 1994
University of Idaho, Moscow
B.A. in Biology, 1986
Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Professional Organizations

  • Freshwater Crayfish, Journal Of The International Assoc. Of Astacology, Editorial Board (2010—Current)
  • Society Of Freshwater Science, Member (2010—Current)
  • International Association Of Astacology, Immediate Past-President (2004—Current)
  • Southeastern Fishes Council, Member (2001—Current)
  • U Of Mississippi, Adjunct Faculty (2001—Current)
  • American Fisheries Society, Member (1991—Current)
  • Louisiana State University, Graduate School Affiliate (2012—2016)
  • U Of Alabama, Member Of Graduate School (2012—2014)
  • U Of Southern Mississippi, Adjunct Faculty (2002—2013)

Awards and Recognition

Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment Award, 2015
Awarded by the USFS Southern Research Station Director as part of the Inspiring Women Awards Program.
USDA Certificate of Merit, 2011
for valuable contributions to the Climate Change Resource Center
Southern Research Station Civil Rights Committee Award, 2010
Rise to the Future, Professional Excellence in Research Award, 2006
A national FS award recognizing outstanding research accomplishments by a FS aquatic scientist.
US Forest Service Southern Research Station Director’s Award, 2004
Awarded to the to the Aquatic and Terrestrial Fauna Team for Maintaining and Enhancing the Nation’s Natural Resources.
Best Student Paper Award, 1997
for research presented at the Montana Chapter American Fisheries Society annual meeting

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R&D Affiliations
SRS Science Area
Experimental Forests and Ranges
External Resources