Mathis, Andrew T

Large River Fisheries Ecologist

Address and Contact Information

2668 E. 875th Rd.
Oglesby, IL  61348

Biography

I work for the Illinois Natural History Survey as an Assistant Scientist, Large River Fisheries Ecologist. I currently monitor invasive carp and native fish populations below the electric dispersal barrier in the upper reaches of the Illinois Waterway by using hoop nets, mini-fyke nets, fyke nets, and DC electrofishing as part of the Multiple Agency Monitoring of the Illinois River for Decision Making project. I previously worked alongside the Illinois DNR Invasive Carp Team in an effort to remove and monitor invasive carp populations in the upper reaches of Illinois River.

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 with a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Conservation. I then worked for the Illinois Natural History Survey in Champaign and Alton. In Champaign, I assisted with small stream fish population surveys using electric seines, and in Alton, I assisted with ancient game fish surveys using gill nets, as well as electrofishing surveys on the Mississippi River near St. Louis. I began pursuing my M.S. in Biological Sciences at WIU in August 2015, with my thesis research focused on assessing movement and habitat of invasive carp in the upper reaches of the Illinois River using experimental GPS tags. This is the first study to use GPS transmitters on fish in a riverine system. In May 2017, I began assisting the United States Geological Survey in tracking the movement of invasive carp with acoustic telemetry, and on a water quality project to characterize conditions that affect the timing of short and long-term movements of invasive carp in and out of high-use off-channel areas. Upon completion of my M.S. in May 2018, I began working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a seasonal Biological Science Technician (Fisheries) at the Wilmington, IL Substation of the Carterville Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office where the focus was on invasive carp monitoring and removal in the upper reaches of the Illinois and Des Plaines Rivers. I began working with the Illinois Natural History Survey in September 2018.

Education

Western Illinois University                                                            

Master of Science in Biological Sciences, 2018                              

Thesis title: Assessing movement of Bigheaded carp in the Upper Illinois waterway system using GPS satellite transmitters

Advisor: Dr. James Lamer

 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences with Concentration in Fish and Wildlife Conservation, 2014

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