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McCormick Laboratory
Environmental Physiology of Fish

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)

Gill immunofluorescence from freshwater or seawater-acclimated alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus)

Collecting non-lethal gill biopsy from an Atlantic salmon smolt (Salmo salar)

Fish ladder at Cabot Station Power Plant, Turners Falls, MA

Current Projects:

Identification, localization and endocrine regulation of gill ion transport proteins that secrete salts as anadromous fish move from freshwater to seawater.

Endocrine disruption of reproduction and salinity tolerance in salmon and sturgeon.

Survey of acidification water chemistry in New England streams and relation to physiological and population impacts on Atlantic salmon and brook trout.

Developmental, environmental and genetic influences on development of salinity tolerance and migratory behavior in anadromous clupeids (alewife, blueback herring, American shad).

Impact of climate change on stress, growth, migration and reproduction of brook trout and Atlantic salmon.


Funding sources:

In addition to the base support of the USGS, we have obtained funding for our research from the following agencies:

US Forest Service

Sea Grant (Woods Hole)

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Atlantic Salmon Federation

NOAA-Fisheries

USDA CSREES

Northeastern States Research Cooperative (NSRC)