Investigating fish energy use and swimming behavior in turbulent flows: guiding restoration of Lake Michigan tributaries

Major Goals and Objectives

  • Identify key parameters of turbulent flow that influence fish space use and energetic cost of swimming in complex flows found around in-stream structures
  • Develop – and evaluate under realistic field conditions – a quantitative model that links key parameters of turbulent flow to energetic cost of swimming

Accomplishments / Benefits

Research publication: Simulated instream restoration structures offer smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) swimming and energetic advantages at high flow velocities  

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
Piotr Cienciala
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Completion Date:
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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Piotr Cienciala
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