Maloti Minnow Pseudobarbus quathlambae. This minnow is still struggling to persist today (see recent story).
|A mountain stream of Virginia and home to the native Brook Trout.|
|Differences between assimilated and maintenance energy for Brook Trout in four study streams in Shenandoah National Park (Meyer 1990).|
|Percent of consumption captured by Brook Trout in relation to density of large drifting prey (Meyer 1990)|
Realizing the practical difficulties for numerous intensive field investigations, Kelly Meyer also developed an energetics-based model to analyze dynamics of trout populations in Appalachian streams. The model included mathematical formulations for temperature effects, size-dependent mortality, seasonal mortality to predict population changes and average trout size. The model was programmed in the language of the times (FORTRAN). These calculations are essential components to define the thermal niche of the Brook Trout. They may be used in future efforts to project the effects of climate change on suitability of streams for Brook Trout in the southern Appalachian mountains. Many partners are involved via the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, to protect, restore, and enhance remaining Brook Trout
Most of Kelly's fisheries career was with the White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish Department and Arizona Department of Game and Fish. When he was first hired, he was the only fisheries biologist with the White Mountain Apache Tribe; he would joke that he was Chief of Fisheries. In this role, his expertise was critical in the management and recovery of the federally endangered Apache Trout (Oncorhynchus apache). Many actions are required for the recovery of Apache Trout and the success of recovery depends on special people, such as Kelly Meyer, who possess the patience and skills to work with the many cooperators to set appropriate fishing regulations, improve stream habitats, negotiate agreements, install and maintain barriers, and prevent movements of non-native competitors. He was a field scientist for all seasons and for all peoples. We need more people like Kelly Meyer in this world. I am very saddened with news of his passing.
REST IN PEACE
Kelly J. Meyer
Meyer, K. J. 1990. Effects of drifting prey abundance on food consumption and growth of brook trout in Shenandoah National Park. Master's Thesis. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. 111 pp.
Meyer, K.J., and D.J. Orth. 1990. Development and application of an energetics-based model for trout populations in Appalachian streams. Final Report, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 129 pp.
Railsback, S.F., and K.A. Rose. 1999. Bioenergetic modeling of stream trout growth: temperature and food consumption effects. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 128:241-256.