The "Fish Conservation with Foresight" incubator aims to help improve our current understanding of wetland fish dynamics across the San Francisco Estuary. The results will provide a broad, estuary-wide understanding of how wetland fish communities are likely to respond to environmental variability and ecosystem management. By taking a cross-regional approach, the team will be able to examine how impacts play out differently across the estuary and how communities of fish may shift within and across regions with future impacts. By revealing which species may be sensitive to future impacts from climate change and resource management, the team hopes to draw attention to conservation and restoration needs before they are urgent.
The team will take a multi-modeling approach to:
- Analyze fish monitoring data from major regions of the estuary and compare fish abundances, biomass, diversity, and community structure of wetland fish communities among these habitats. This comparison will deepen the understanding of wetland functionality for fishes throughout the estuary.
- Quantify spatial and taxon-specific habitat suitability conditions for key wetland fishes using multi-model inference to establish how communities respond to environmental change at regional scales and how water conditions alter habitat suitability for key species.
|Caroline Newell||University of California, Davis – Center for Watershed Sciences|
|Mikaela Provost||University of California, Davis – Department of Wildlife, Fish, & Conservation Biology|
|Levi Lewis||University of California, Davis|
|John Durand||University of California, Davis – Center for Watershed Sciences|
|James Hobbs||California Department of Fish & Wildlife|
March 2023 – December 2024