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Keith Nislow

NE CASC Principal Investigator
Team Leader
Research Fisheries Biologist of USDA-Forest Service Northern Research Station
Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Conservation
USFS Northern Research Station

Research Interests

  • Hydrology
  • Stream temperature
  • Aquatic habitat
  • Stream fish
  • Extreme flow
  • Ecological drought


Ph.D.: Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1997
M.S.: Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1990
B.S.: University Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1988


Fish and Wildlife Habitat Relationships Team Leader, USDA-Forest Service Northern Research Station, 2005 to present
Research Fisheries Biologist, USDA-Forest Service Northern Research Station, 1999 to present
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1999 to present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 1999 to present
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Science, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 1997- 1999


Climate-Adaptive Population Supplementation WorkshopHigh summer temperatures are associated with poorer performance of underyearling Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in upland streamsInvestigating impacts of small dams and dam removal on dissolved oxygen in streams
Identifying mechanisms underlying individual body size increases in a changing, highly‐seasonal environment: the growing trout of West BrookSlowing the Flow for Climate Resilience: Reducing Vulnerability to Extreme Flood and Drought EventsFinal Report for USGS-NECSC and USFS-NRS Cooperative Research on Climate-Vulnerable Habitats and Species in the NortheastFinal Report: Reconnecting Floodplains and Restoring Green Space as a Management Strategy to Minimize Risk and Increase Resilience in the Context of Climate and Landscape ChangeFish assemblage production estimates in Appalachian streams across a latitudinal and temperature gradientWebsite: The Eastern Brook Trout Spatial Data and ToolsExperimental test of genetic rescue in isolated populations of brook troutChanges in seasonal climate outpace compensatory density-dependence in eastern brook troutA hierarchical model of daily stream temperature using air-water temperature synchronization, autocorrelation, and time lagsImmediate changes in stream channel geomorphology, aquatic habitat, and fish assemblages following dam removal in a small upland catchmentThe role of chronic and episodic disturbances on channel-hillslope coupling: the persistence and legacy of extreme floodsEnvironmental Factors Affecting Brook Trout Occurrence in Headwater Stream SegmentsFacing Climate Change in Forests and FieldsMaking Decisions in Complex Landscapes: Headwater Stream Management Across Multiple Federal AgenciesRanking Site Vulnerability to Increasing Temperatures in Southern Appalachian Brook Trout Streams in Virginia: An Exposure-Sensitivity ApproachRiparian Prioritization and Status Assessment for Climate Change Resilience of Coldwater Stream Habitats within the Appalachian and Northeastern RegionsRobust estimates of environmental effects on population vital rates: an integrated capture-recapture model of seasonal brook trout growth, survival and movement in a stream networkSize-dependent survival of brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis in summer: effects of water temperature and stream flowContext-specific influence of water temperature on brook trout growth rates in the fieldPopulation Response to Habitat Fragmentation in a Stream-Dwelling Brook Trout PopulationMechanistic Linkage of Hydrologic Regime to Summer Growth of Age-0 Atlantic SalmonPhosphorus flux due to Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in an oligotrophic upland stream: effects of management and demography
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