Butler, Steven

Research Biologist

Address and Contact Information

1816 S. Oak St.
M/C 652
Champaign, IL  61820


Master of Science - Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences - University of Illinois - 2009
Bachelor of Science - Fish and Wildlife Biology - Kansas State University - 2002

Research Biography

Research Interests

- 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

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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