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Allison Roy

Affiliated Investigator
Assistant Unit Leader- Fisheries
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation
Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

My research broadly revolves around characterizing anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems and identifying conservation strategies for effectively protecting and restoring watersheds. Understanding the mechanisms by which urbanization and its associated stressors result in degraded biotic assemblages is an overarching challenge of my research program. I am interested in examining effects of alterations (e.g., hydrology, temperature, habitat, food resources) on fishes, mussels, and macroinvertebrates; population ecology and conservation of rare and endangered species; and potential for management to restore freshwater ecosystems.


Ph.D.: Ecology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2004
M.S.: Entomology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2000
B.S. : Biology and Environmental Science, Allegheny College, Leadville, PA, 1998


Research Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor of Biology, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, 2009-2011
Postdoctoral Researcher, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2004-2009