Over 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas. Projections show that the development of urban land is increasing at a rapid rate, suggesting that human use of these centers will increase as well. However, little is known about how urbanization affects the surrounding environment. My research aims to analyze the effects of urbanization on freshwater stream fishes within North Carolina. Specifically, I sample urban streams within the Triangle and compare them to rural streams from surrounding counties. While my research is in its early stages, I am excited to see how urbanization is affecting these unique stream systems!

Here are a few photos from this year’s field season (summer 2016):

Redbreast sunfish caught in Durham County

A volunteer and I set up a block net to start sampling

A juvenile largemouth bass caught in a

small stream in Durham County