patrick D. Shirey



Juday Creek - Long-term Monitoring of a Reach-scale Restoration

The Lamberti Stream Ecology Laboratory has monitored fish community response to an urban stream restoration on the campus of Notre Dame since the stream’s channel was relocated in 1997.  I have been participating in this project since 2007.  Ashley Moerke and Gary Lamberti published results from five years post-restoration.  Mike Brueseke and I are working with Ashley and Gary to report results fifteen years post-restoration.  Special thanks to the many individuals who have helped the Stream Ecology Lab with this project. 

The Rio Grande and the Endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow

While studying for my Master’s in Wildlife Science at New Mexico State University, I researched environmental history of the Rio Grande and life history of the Rio Grande silvery minnow (Hybognathus amarus) in David Cowley’s SouthWest Ichthyological Research Laboratory (SWIRL).  I have been a coauthor of three publications from this research and a publication working with Nicolas Medley from the National Park Service to review and reinterpret the early life history of the Rio Grande silvery minnow.


Namekagon River Fish Habitat History

The Namekagon River in Wisconsin is part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, established by the U.S. Congress in 1968 under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  We examined the environmental history of the Namekagon River to aid in planning river restoration and monitoring.  A primary focus for managing and restoring the river is recovery of native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).  We expect our results to inform future management plans for river restoration.  This project has been supported by the National Park Service, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and the Notre Dame Center for Aquatic Conservation. Our work on the Namekagon River was expanded in 2012 to survey fish populations in tributaries and monitor water temperature thanks to a 2012 NPS George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship!


Namekagon River Research