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Leon C Hinz
Title: Stream Ecologist
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Springfield, IL 62702
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Ecology of running water ecosystems and with an emphasis on distributions of macroinvertebrates and fish. My general research interest concerns how physical conditions in running waters influence the distribution and abundance of fish and macroinvertebrates. My focus has been on how characteristics of the catchment influence the thermal and hydrologic properties of wadeable streams and using this information for conservation. Recently my efforts have been aimed at providing scientific support for the Streams Campaign of the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan.
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I have an adjunct appointment with the University of Illinois at Springfield where the Biology Department accepts graduate students.

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Selected publications:
Hinz Jr., L. C., B. A. Metzke, and A. M. Holtrop. 2011. Evaluating water temperature, habitat, and fish communities in candidate coolwater streams in Illinois. Final Report to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Illinois Natural History Survey Technical Report 2011/21.

Hinz, L.C., A. Hulin, and A.M. Holtrop. 2011. Using a landscape approach to refine conservation plans or Illinois Chorus Frog (Pseudacris streckeri illinoensis). Final Report to the Illinois Wildlife Preservation Fund. Springfield, IL.

Seelbach, P.W., L.C. Hinz, M.J. Wiley, and A.R. Cooper. 2011. Use of multiple linear regression to estimate flow regimes for all rivers across Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Fisheries Division Research Report No. 2095. Ann Arbor.

DeWalt, R. E., Y. Cao, L. Hinz, and T. Tweddale. 2009. Modeling of historical stonefly distributions using museum specimens. pp. 253-267. In: Staniczek, A. H. (ed.) International Perspectives in Mayfly and Stonefly Research. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Ephemeroptera and the 16th International Symposium on Plecoptera, Stuttgart 2008. Aquatic Insects (31), Supplement 1: 747pp. Taylor & Francis.

Bol, L., A.M. Holtrop, L. C. Hinz Jr., and J. Epifanio. 2007. Evaluating streams in Illinois based on biodiversity. Project Completion Report to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Illinois Natural History Survey Technical Report 2007/57.
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Professional society involvement and activities:
American Fisheries Society
North American Benthological Society
Society for Ecological Restoration

Ph.D., Aquatic Ecology and Resource Management, University of Michigan

M.S., Aquatic Ecology, University of Michigan

B.S., Environmental Science, University of Michigan-Dearborn

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