Mark D. Gautreau

Ms.C. Candidate, Dept. of Biology, University of New Brunswick
Hometown: Miramichi, New Brunswick

Mark Gautreau

Contact information

Dept. of Biology, University of New Brunswick
PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A3
Tel: (506) 453-4594
Fax: (506) 453-3583
Email Mark

Education

B.Sc. in Biology, University of New Brunswick, 2003
Environmental Technology Diploma, NBCC Miramichi, 1995

Research

Supervisors: Dr. Stephan Peake and Dr. Allen Curry

Evaluating fish passage through fishways and culverts using PIT tags and gait transition

The improper design or maintenance of culverts has the potential to create barriers in aquatic systems, which may lead to fish stock declines.  In many cases, problem culverts have been retrofitted with a fish passage structure i.e., ladder or ramp.  The design of culverts and fishways reflect the swimming ability of local fishes.  Typically, this is the passage of commercially and recreationally important species, such as salmon and trout.  The objective of this research is to: 1) use Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) equipment to evaluate the effectiveness of existing culvert and fishway designs; and 2) assess the swimming performance of several fish species using gait transition in a raceway.  The goal of my project is to improve the design of fish passage facilities by considering the flow requirements of more species than currently studied (i.e., adding non-salmonid species) and smaller body sizes and assessing the value of incorporating gait transition as a variable in the models.

Refereed Publications

Curry, RA, and MD Gautreau. 2010. Freshwater fishes of the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone. In Assessment of Species Diversity in the Atlantic Maritime Ecozone. Editors: DF McAlpine, and IM Smith. NRC Research Press. pp: 599-612.

Gautreau, M, and RA Curry. 2008. Updated status report on the Redbreast Sunfish, Lepomis auritus. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.  Ottawa. 56 p.

Recent Presentations

Gautreau, M, RA Curry, and S Peake. Evaluating fish passage through fishways and culverts using PIT tags. Poster – Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. Apr 2011, Manchester, New Hampshire.

Gautreau, M, RA Curry, and KR Munkittrick. Fishes of the Lower Saint John River.  Poster - Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research. Jan. 2008, Halifax, NS. 

Gautreau, M, and RA Curry. Ecology of the Redbreast Sunfish, Lepomis auritus, in Yoho Lake, NB. Poster - Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research. Jan. 2007, Montreal, QC.

Gautreau, M, and RA Curry. Ecology of the Redbreast Sunfish, Lepomis auritus, in two New Brunswick Lakes: A Species of Concern (COSEWIC).  Poster - Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research. Jan 2006, Calgary, AB.