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|Title||Large River Ecology Specialist|
404 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
M - F 8 am to 5 pm
My name is Marty Hamel and I'm a research assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources (SNR). I am a fish biologist who is largely involved in the ecology of native riverine species. My work involves understanding life history characteristics such as population dynamics, abundance and distribution, and recruitment. I am interested in exploring how dynamic rate functions vary, according to both anthropogenic and environmental influences.
Before joining the faculty here at UNL, I was a full-time staff member in SNR working as a large river ecologist. I had the opportunity to pursue my doctoral degree and I finished in December 2013. I have been with UNL since September of 2008, and prior to my employment with the university, I worked for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as a fish biologist on the Missouri River.
|Hamel, M., Spurgeon, J., Chizinski, C., Steffensen, K., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Variability in Age Estimation Results in Ambiguity and False Understanding of Population Persistence. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36(3):514–522. Online|
|Pope, K. L., Hamel, M., Pegg, M. A., Spurgeon, J. J. 2016. The global status of freshwater fish age validation studies and a prioritization framework for future research. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture, 23:329–345. Online|
|Spurgeon, J. J., Hamel, M., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Multi-scale approach to hydrological classification provides insight to flow structure in an altered river system. River Research and Applications. 32: 1841–1852. Online|
- Presentation Type: Dissertation Defense
- Date: 11/22/2013
- Abstract: Sturgeons (Acipenseridae) have experienced world-wide declines as a result of anthropogenic effects such as over-harvest, habitat degradation, altered flow regimes, and pollution. Nearly all European and Asian sturgeon species have experienced population declines and have subsequently been classified as either threatened or endangered. North American sturgeons have experienced a similar plight in that all eight native sturgeon species are listed as endangered, threatened, or of special concern. Direct linkages between North American sturgeon declines and anthropogenic effects are difficult to assess due to scale considerations, fluctuating environmental conditions, difficulty in capture, and the interaction of all these effects. To recover, restore, or maintain abundance of these species across their range, thorough knowledge of life history characteristics or strategies, population dynamics, and population connectivity for each species is imperative. In this dissertation, I use data from local (Platte and Missouri Rivers, Nebraska) to nearly range-wide scales to describe components of Scaphirhynchus sturgeon population dynamics and demographics and assess various analyses typically used for calculation of dynamic rate functions.
- BS - Upper Iowa University (2003)
- MS - South Dakota State University (2006)
- PhD - Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, Natural Resource Sciences (2013)
- Applied Ecology
- Aquatic organisms in rivers and streams
- Native riverine species ecology
- Population dynamics of fish populations
- Rate functions vary based on anthropogenic and environmental affects
- Invasive Species
Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.
|Grant Title||Chute Monitoring at Camp Ashland|
|Funding Source||Nebraska Military Department|
|Grant Title||Shell Creek Assessment|
|Funding Source||Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality|
|Grant Title||Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Missouri River Sportfish Ecology and Management (additional funding)|
|Funding Source||Nebraska Game and Parks Commission|
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences