J. A. Sweka

Development of a Bioenergetics Model for Appalachian Brook Trout

In many Appalachian headwater streams brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) are the only fish species present. Land use practices or global warming can have a significant effect on the production and survival of brook trout in these streams. Managers must be able to evaluate the potential impact of thermal changes upon these streams and bioenergetics models represent a valuable tool in this effort. Here we present a bioenergetics model for brook trout and conduct a laboratory validation of the model. Model validation experiments showed the model to adequately predict the growth, final weight...