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John H Chick
Title: Aquatic Ecologist
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National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
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East Alton, Illinois 62024
East Alton, 62024
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Aquatic Ecologist - Research Program Leader
My main research activities focus on the ecology of large rivers, particularly the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. I am also interested in population dynamics and community level interactions of freshwater fishes, early life history stages of fishes, and general aquatic ecology. I am especially interested in questions related to how spatial variability in aquatic ecosystems affects population and community level processes.
Message to students:
Best Presentation - Illinois Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2007

Certificate of Appreciation - Mississippi River Research Consortium
Professional affiliations:
Adjunct Associate Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Adjunct Associate Professor, Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Affiliate, National Great Rivers Research and Education Center
Selected publications:
Pegg, M.A., J.H. Chick, C.P. Paukert. In Press. Chapter 10: Habitat Improvement in Altered Systems. In W.A. Hubert and M. Quist (editors) Inland Fisheries Management in North America, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

D.L. Rogowski, D.J. Soucek, J. Levengood, S.R. Johnsonb, J.H. Chick, J.M. Dettmersc, M.A. Pegg, and J.M. Epifanio. Online First. Linking relative trophic position and contaminants in Asian carps, invasive species in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment DOI 10.1007/s10661-008-0529-6.

Pegg, M.A., J.H. Chick, and B.M. Pracheil. In Press. The influence of non-native species on paddlefish. Proceedings of the 2006 Paddlefish Symposium. American Fisheries Society, Bethedsa, Maryland.

Sampson, S.J., Chick, J.H., and M.A. Pegg. 2009. Diet overlap among two Asian carp and three native fishes in backwater lakes on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Biological Invasions 11:483-496.

Chick, J.H., P. Geddes, and J.C. Trexler. 2008. Periphyton mat structure mediates trophic interactions in a subtropical marsh. Wetlands 28:378-389.

Chick, J. H., M. A. Pegg, and T. M. Koel. 2006. Spatial patterns of fish communities in the Upper Mississippi River System: Assessing fragmentation by low-head dams. River Research and Applications 22:413-427.

Taylor, R.M., M.A. Pegg, and J.H. Chick. 2005. Response of bighead carp to a bioacoustic behavioural fish guidance system. Fisheries Management and Ecology 12:283-286.

Chick, J. H., C. R. Ruetz III, and J. C. Trexler. 2004. Spatial scale and abundance patterns of large fish communities in freshwater marshes of the Florida Everglades. Wetlands 24:652-664.

Gaff, H., J. Chick, J. Trexler, D. DeAngelis, L. Gross, and R. Salinas. 2004. Evaluation of and insights from ALFISH: a spatially explicit, landscape-level simulation of fish populations in the Everglades. Hydrobiologia 520:73-87.

Chick, J. H., R. J. Cosgriff, and L. S. Gittinger. 2003. Fish as potential dispersal agents for floodplain plants: first evidence in North America. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60:1437-1439.

Chick, J. H., R. J. Maher, B. M. Brooks, and M. R. Thomas. 2003. First black carp captured in the U.S. Science 300:1876-1877.

Taylor, R. M., M. A. Pegg, and J. H. Chick. 2003. Some observations on the effectiveness of two behavioral fish guidance systems for preventing the spread of bighead carp to the Great Lakes. Aquatic Invaders 14:1-5.

Trexler, J. C., W. F. Loftus, and J. H. Chick. 2003. Setting and monitoring restoration goals in the absence of historical data: the case of fishes in the Florida Everglades. Pages 351-376 In D. E. Busch and J. C. Trexler (editors) Monitoring Ecosystems: Interdisciplinary approaches for evaluating ecoregional initiatives. Island Press, Washington, D. C.

Chick, J.H. and M.A. Pegg. 2001. Invasive carp in the Mississippi River Basin. Science 292:2250-2251.

Trexler, J.C., W.F. Loftus, F. Jordan, J.H. Chick, K.L. Kandl, T.C. McElroy, and O. Bass. 2001. Ecological Scale and its Implications for freshwater fishes in the Florida Everglades. Pages 153-181. In J.W. Porter and K.G. Porter (editors). The Everglades, Florida Bay, and Coral Reefs of the Florida Keys: An Ecosystem Sourcebook . CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.

Trexler, J.C., W.F. Loftus, F. Jordan, J. Lorenz, J.H. Chick., and R.M. Kobza. 2000. Empirical assessment of fish introductions in a subtropical wetland ecosystem: an evaluation of contrasting views. Biological Invasions 2:265-277.

Chick, J.H. and M.J. Van Den Avyle. 2000. Effects of feeding ration on larval swimming speed and responsiveness to predator attacks: implications for cohort survival. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 57:1-11.

Chick, J.H., S. Coyne, and J. C. Trexler. 1999. Effectiveness of airboat electrofishing for sampling fishes in shallow vegetated habitats. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 19:957-967.

Turner, A.M., J.C. Trexler, C.F. Jordan, S.J. Slack, P. Geddes, J.H. Chick, and W.F. Loftus. 1999. Targeting ecosystem features for conservation: standing crops in the Florida Everglades. Conservation Biology 13:898-911.

Chick, J.H. and M.J. Van Den Avyle. 1999. Effects of zooplankton spatial variation on growth of larval striped bass: An experimental approach. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 128:339-351.

Chick, J.H. and M.J. Van Den Avyle. 1999. Zooplankton variability and larval striped bass foraging: evaluating potential match/mismatch regulation. Ecological Applications 9:320-334.

Chick, J.H. and C.C. McIvor. 1997. Habitat selection of three littoral zone fishes: effects of predation pressure, plant density, and macrophyte type. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 6:27-35.

Chick, J.H. and C.C. McIvor. 1994. Patterns in the abundance and composition of fishes among beds of different macrophytes: viewing a littoral zone as a landscape. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 51: 2873-2882.

Chick, J.H., F. Jordan, J.P. Smith, and C.C. McIvor. 1992. A comparison of four enclosure traps and methods used to sample fishes in aquatic macrophytes. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 7:353-361.
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Program affiliates:
Senior Management Team
Professional society involvement and activities:
American Fisheries Society
Ecological Society of America
Mississippi River Research Consortium
Vice President

PhD, Ecology, University of Georgia, 1997

MS, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, 1992

BS, Wildlife and Fisheries Biology, University of Massachusetts, 1988

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