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Derek Crane

Derek P. Crane
Postdoctoral Associate

246 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6760

Email: dpcrane@syr.edu

Research Interests

I have broad research interests in the field of fish ecology.  I am particularly interested in conservation of native game species, and using quantitative methods to better understand habitat use by these species.  Recently, I completed projects that resulted in development of a Maxent model of muskellunge spawning habitat in the upper Niagara River, and identification of substrates that maximize walleye egg retention in fluvial environments.  Currently I am working on projects that include (1) developing a predictive model of native and non-native fish occurrence in the upper Niagara River based on relative abundance and habitat characteristics at collection sites, (2) quantifying the effects of round goby presence on body conditions of native predators in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and (3) estimating energy content of common native and non-native nearshore prey fishes from the Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie), Niagara River, and St. Lawrence River.   

Publications

Crane, D. P. and J. M. Farrell. 2013. Walleye spawning substrate size, shape, and condition influence egg retention. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:329-337.

Crane, D. P., T. H. Johengen, and J. D. Allan. 2011.  Assessment of quantitative food web metrics for investigating the influence of land use on warm water fish diets.  Hydrobiologia 664:1-15.

Research Grants

Quantifying Relationships between Fish Assemblages and Nearshore Habitat Characteristics of the Niagara River, Niagara River Greenway Ecological Fund (2013 − 2016, $801,436, P.I.: K. L.  Kapuscinski, Co-P.I.: D. P. Crane)

Evaluation of Nearshore Fish Assemblages, Habitat, and the Effects of Herbivorous Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus): Facilitating Successful Fish Habitat Restoration Efforts in the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River, Niagara River Ecological Standing Committee, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Fund (2012 − 2013, $519,246, P.I.: K. L.  Kapuscinski, Co-P.I.: J. M. Farrell, Co-author as Ph.D. candidate: D. P. Crane)

Evaluation of Nearshore Fish Assemblages, Habitat, and the Effects of Herbivorous Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus): Determining the Efficacy of Fish Habitat Restoration Efforts in the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River, Niagara River Greenway Ecological Fund (2011, $188,881, P.I.: J. M. Farrell, Co-P.I.: K. L. Kapuscinski, Co-author as Ph.D. candidate: D. P. Crane)

University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (2007, $1,500)

University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Master’s Thesis Research Grant (2007, $1,000)


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