LFL maintains a core staff of permanent personnel and has access to full- and part-time temporary employees with a wide range of qualifications and experience who are available when needed for specific tasks. Availability of graduate research assistants and student aides contributes to flexibility and minimizes costs. The expertise of staff, cooperators, and associates includes ichthyology, fish taxonomy and systematics, fish culture, fishery management, biodiversity, ecological modeling, experimental design, aquatic toxicology, computer science, statistics, general and aquatic ecology, limnology, hydrology, developmental biology, and biological illustration. At the core of this broad range of available expertise are the unique experience, knowledge, and capabilities of LFL staff related to fish reproduction and early-life stages.