Dr. Paul Angermeier

Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Dr. Angermeier’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on the ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems, with emphasis on streams and fishes. In relation to global change, Dr. Angermeier studies how ecosystems, the fauna they support, and the services they provide to society respond to anthropogenic disturbances. His interests span responses of fish populations and communities, ecological processes, and the human-ecosystem interface. Most of his research is aimed at informing ecosystem managers and landscape planners on how to minimize or mitigate negative anthropogenic impacts to valued natural resources and how to manage them sustainably. Dr. Angermeier has co-taught undergraduate courses in Stream Habitat Management, Freshwater Biomonitoring, and Fish Ecology. At the graduate level, he has co-taught Watershed Restoration, Constructing Sustainability, and Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.

Paul Angermeier, FiW

Dr. Angermeier is a Research Scientist with the US Geological Survey’s Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. He has served on the editorial boards of three journals and on several national, regional, and state scientific advisory boards related to aquatic ecology and conservation issues. Dr. Angermeier has published more than 105 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.


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Recent Relevant Publications

Buckwalter, J.D., P.L. Angermeier, J. ArgentinaG, S. WolfG, S. Floyd, and E.M. Hallerman. 2019. Drift of larval darters (Family Percidae) in the upper Roanoke River basin, USA, characterized using phenotypic and DNA barcoding markers. Fishes 4(4), 59; doi:10.3390/fishes4040059.  

DunnG, C.G. and P.L. Angermeier. 2019. Remaining populations of an upland stream fish persist in refugia defined by habitat features at multiple scales. Diversity and Distributions 25: 385–399. DOI:10.1111/ddi.12866.

Govenor, HG., L.A.H. Krometis, L. Willis, P.L. Angermeier, and W.C. Hession. 2019. Macroinvertebrate sensitivity thresholds for sediment in Virginia streams. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 15: 77-92. DOI: 10.1002/ieam.4086.

RichardG, J.C., L. Castello, D.J. Gurdak, B.K. Peoples, and P.L. Angermeier. 2018. Size-structured habitat selection by arapaima in floodplain lakes of the Lower Amazon. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 28: 1403-1413. DOI:10.1002/aqc.2969. 

ScottG, L.N., A.M. Villamagna, and P.L. Angermeier. 2018. A new modeling approach to prioritize riparian restoration to reduce sediment loading in two Virginia river basins. Environmental Management 62: 721–739. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00267-018-1078-6.

BuckwalterG, J.D.,E.A. Frimpong, P.L. Angermeier, and J.N. Barney. 2018. Seventy years of stream-fish collections reveal invasions and native range contractions in an Appalachian (USA) watershed. Diversity and Distributions 24: 219-232.

Dunham, J.B., P.L. Angermeier, S.D. Crausbay, A.E. Cravens, H. Gosnell, J. McEvoy, M.A. Moritz, N. Raheem, and T. Sanford. 2018. Rivers are social-ecological systems: time to integrate human dimensions into riverscape ecology and management. WIREs Water. 2018;e1291. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1291

ArgentinaG, J.E., P.L. Angermeier, E.M. Hallerman, and S.A. Welsh. 2018. Spatial extent of analysis influences observed patterns of population genetic structure in a widespread darter species (Percidae). Freshwater Biology, in press. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13106

Dunng, C.G. and P.L. Angermeier. 2017. Development of habitat suitability indices for Candy Darter. Etheostoma osburni, with validation across representative populations. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, accepted. IP-075181.

Villamagnap, A.M., B. Mogollóng, and P.L Angermeier. 2017. Inequity in ecosystem service delivery: socioeconomic gaps in the public-private conservation network. Ecology and Society 22 (1):36. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol22/iss1/art36/.

Lapointeg, N.W.R., P.L. Fuller, M. Neilson, B.R. Murphy, and P.L. Angermeier. 2016. Pathways of fish invasions in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Management of Biological Invasions. 7: 221-233.

Robertsp, J.H., G.B. Andersong, and P.L. Angermeier. 2016. A long-term study of ecological impacts of a flood reduction project to an endangered riverine fish: lessons learned for assessment and restoration. Water 8, 240; doi:10.3390/w8060240. IP-073154.

Robertsp, J.H., P.L. Angermeier, and G.B. Andersong. 2016. Population viability analysis for endangered Roanoke logperch. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 7:46-64. IP-061309. Approved 12/15/2015