James Peterson
Associate Professor of Fisheries, Asst. Leader – Fish, USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Stream Ecology, Population estimation and modeling, Decision analysis

OSU Campus
Fisheries and Wildlife
Nash Hall
Room 176 Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-1963


My research focuses on multiple aspects of aquatic ecology- with an emphasis on lotic communities. Most of my work has been in identifying and quantifying the effects of physical and biotic factors on stream -dewlling taxa (fish, mussels, crayfish) at multiple scales. This includes studies of population dynamics, community production, and taxon-habitat/landscape relationships. Other aspects of my research include evaluating the efficiency of sampling and population-estimation techniques and computer software development. I believe that the status of natural resources is dependent upon the ability to predict the effects of environmental perturbations and differing management schemes. Thus, the principal goal of my research is to develop the tools and understanding necessary for effective and efficient natural resource management and conservation.


FW 544: Quantitative Decision Analysis for Fish and Wildlife Management

FW 599: An introduction to data management and R for Fisheries and Wildlife applications

FW 537* Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Mgmt
FW 538* Structured Decision Making in Natural Resource Mgmt


Ph.D., Fisheries, 1996, University of Missouri
M.S., Biology, 1989, University of Illinois, Urbana
B.S., Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution, 1986, University of Illinois, Urbana

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department
I can serve on graduate committees

Fun Fact

I spoil my labrador.