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Steven Butler
Title: Fisheries Ecologist
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Sullivan, IL 61951
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Kaskaskia Biological Station 1235 CR1000N
Sullivan, IL 61951
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Location: Kaskaskia Biological Station
Phone: 217-728-4851
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- Effects of introduced fishes on aquatic systems
- Ecology, life history, and conservation of non-game fishes
- Effects of habitat alteration on fish and invertebrate assemblages
- Effects of dam removal on lotic ecosystems
- Effects of dams and other barriers on movement of fishes through river systems
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Professional affiliations:
American Fisheries Society
Illinois Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Selected publications:
Butler, S.E., L.M. Einfalt, A.A. Abushweka, and D.H. Wahl. 2019. Ontogenetic shifts in prey selection and foraging behaviour of larval and early juvenile alligator gar (Atractosteus spatula). Ecology of Freshwater Fish 28:385-395.
Fritts, A.K., B.C. Knights, J.H. Larson, J.J. Amberg, C.M. Merkes, T. Tajjioui, S.E. Butler, M.J. Diana, D.H. Wahl, M.J. Weber, and J.D. Waters. 2019. Development of a quantitative PCR method for screening ichthyoplankton samples for bigheaded carps. Biological Invasions 21:1143-1153.
Butler, S.E., A.P. Porreca, S.F. Collins, J.A. Freedman, J.J. Parkos III, M.J. Diana, and D.H. Wahl. 2019. Does fish herding enhance catch rates and detection of invasive bigheaded carp? Biological Invasions 21:775-785.
Zhu, Z., D.T. Soong, T. Garcia, M.S. Behrouz, S.E. Butler, E.A. Murphy, M.J. Diana, J.J. Dunker, and D.H. Wahl. 2018. Using reverse-time egg transport analysis for estimating Asian carp spawning grounds in the Illinois River. Ecological Modelling 384:53-62.
Butler, S.E., and D.H. Wahl. 2017. Movements and habitat use of River Redhorse (Moxostoma carinatum) in the Kankakee River, Illinois. Copeia 105:736-744.
Collins, S.F., M.J. Diana, S.E. Butler, and D.H. Wahl. 2017. A comparison of sampling gears for capturing juvenile Silver Carp in river-floodplain ecosystems. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37:94-100.
Collins, S.F., S.E. Butler, M.J. Diana, and D.H. Wahl. 2015. Catch rates and cost effectiveness of entrapment gears for Asian carp: a comparison of pound nets, hoop nets, and fyke nets in backwater lakes of the Illinois River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 35:1219-1225.
Butler, S.E., and D.H. Wahl. 2011. Distribution, movements, and habitat use of channel catfish in a river with multiple low-head dams. River Research and Applications 27:1182-1191.

Butler, S.E., and D.H. Wahl. 2010. Common carp distribution, movements, and habitat use in a river impounded by multiple low-head dams. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:1121-1135.

Maloney, K.O., H.R. Dodd, S.E. Butler, and D.H. Wahl. 2008. Changes in macroinvertebrate and fish assemblages in a medium-sized river following a breach of a low-head dam. Freshwater Biology 53:1055-1068.
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Master of Science - Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences - University of Illinois - 2009

Bachelor of Science - Fish and Wildlife Biology - Kansas State University - 2002

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