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 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.

At Virginia Tech, 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.

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Recent Relevant Publications

Frimpong, E.A. and P.L. Angermeier. 2010. Trait-based approaches in the analysis of stream fish communities. American Fisheries Society Symposium 73: 109-136.

Benejam, L., P.L. Angermeier, A. Munné, and E. García-Berthou. 2010. Assessing effects of water abstraction on fish assemblages in Mediterranean streams. Freshwater Biology 55: 628-642.

Frimpong, E.A. and P.L. Angermeier. 2010. Comparative utility of selected frameworks for regionalizing fish-based bioassessments across the United States. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139: 1872-1895.

Lapointe, N.W.R., R.M. Pendleton, and P.L Angermeier. 2012. A comparison of approaches for estimating relative impacts of nonnative fishes. Environmental Management 49:82–95.

Lapointe, N.W.R., J.T. Thorson, and P.L. Angermeier. 2012. Relative roles of natural and anthropogenic drivers of watershed invasibility in riverine ecosystems. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-012-0204-2.

Roberts, J.H., P.L. Angermeier, and E.M. Hallerman. 2013. Distance, dams and drift: wat structures populations of an endangered, benthic stream fish? Freshwater Biology, in press.

Villamagna, A.M., P.L Angermeier, and E.M. Bennett. 2013. Capacity, pressure, demand, and flow: a conceptual framework for analyzing ecosystem service provision and delivery. Ecological Complexity, in press.