My recent research has been specifically focused on the habitat use and age and growth of many different species of fish. I have specific interest in quantifying population dynamics and developing management recommendations based on those results. Currently I am part of a team working to understand the effects of climate change on bioenergetics and bioaccumulation in Atlantic salmon in the Northeast. Specifically, our efforts aim to describe the mechanisms behind, and why contaminant threats exist and how management actions can minimize those risks.
Honors and Awards:
- Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Honor Society
- Wes Wotring Scholarship
- W.O.O.D Scholarship
- Oscar and Isabel Anderson Scholarship
- Liniger Honor, Service, and Commitment Scholarship
- Friends of Deckers Creek Volunteer of the Year
Rutledge, E., R. Hupfeld, C. Gainer, H. Kim, Q. Phelps. In Press. Bluegill Habitat Use in the Upper Mississippi River. Natural Areas Journal.
Rutledge, E., R. Hupfeld, M. Bowler, C. Gainer, H. Kim, Q. Phelps, K. Bouska, and A. Bartels. In Review. Population Dynamics of Bluegill in the Mississippi River. Copeia
Gainer, C., E. Rutledge, H. Kim, and Q. Phelps. In Review. Smallmouth Bass Habitat Use in the Upper Mississippi River. American Midland Naturalist..
Gainer, C., E. Rutledge, H. Kim, and Q. Phelps. In Review. Population Dynamics of Channel Catfish in the Mississippi River. River Research and Applications.
Kim, H., M. Cogar, K. Haupt, E. Rutledge, C. Gainer, K. Chestnut, S. Tripp, D. Herzog, Q. Phelps, and D. Henry. In Preparation. Scaphirhynchus Sturgeon Drift Dynamics in the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. North American Journal of Fisheries Management
Gainer, C., E. Rutledge, H. Kim, and Q. Phelps. In Preparation. Biotic and Abiotic Factors Influencing Silver Carp Early Life History. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
Featured in The Great Fish Battle. WVU Research Magazine. 2019.