Applied Physiological Ecology of Fishes

Professor Chris Myrick holding a fish

The Fish Physiological Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University uses applied fish physiology research tools to solve current and future management challenges while actively training future cohorts of fish biologists and fish physiologists.  Although our research interests are broad, in keeping with the mission of a Land Grant University, we specialize in the following areas:

  • Management of the ecological connectivity of aquatic systems through fish passage structure and fish barrier structure design and evaluation.
  • Management and mitigation of aquatic invasive species.
  • Improvement of the culture and handling of fishes, including threatened and endangered species.

Research in the FPEL is conducted by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates.  We make a concerted effort to include undergraduates in the majority of our research projects and frequently sponsor publication-quality undergraduate projects.

FPEL research projects in the last 5 years have been funded by the: