James T. Peterson

Unit Leader
USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
104 Nash Hall, Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon 97331-3803
Phone: 541.737.1963
FAX: 541.737.3590



Professional Affiliations 

American Fisheries Society
     Fisheries Management, Computer Users, and Education Sections
American Statistical Association
Society for Freshwater Science

Research Focus

My research focuses on multiple aspects of aquatic ecology- with an emphasis on stream fish communities. Most of my work has been in identifying and quantifying the effects of physical and biotic factors on stream fishes at multiple scales. This includes studies of population dynamics, community production, and fish-habitat/landscape relationships. Other aspects of my research include evaluating the efficiency of fish collection and population-estimation techniques and computer software development. I believe that the status of natural resources is dependent upon the ability to predict the impacts of environmental perturbations or differing management schemes. Thus, the principal goal of my research is to develop the tools and understanding necessary for effective and efficient fisheries management and conservation.

Courses taught

E-campus: FW537 & 537 Structured Decision Making for Natural Resources Management 
FW 544: Quantitative Decision Analysis for Fish and Wildlife Management
FW 599: An introduction to data management and R for Fisheries and Wildlife applications 
Resources for Decision making in natural resource management: a structured, adaptive approach