Mike Meeuwig

I am the Program Manager for the Native Fish Investigation Program (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Conservation and Recovery). I work with a diverse group of fisheries professionals to conduct applied research and monitoring efforts aimed at conservation and recovery of Oregon's native fishes. My research focus lies within the broad context of native fish conservation with a specific emphasis on application of ecological theory and emerging technologies to address topics of conservation and management concern.

I have a diverse background in ecology and fisheries science that emphasizes native fish conservation. My current research activities include identifying behavioral and population level responses of inland fishes to drought, developing genetic assessment protocols for characterizing the status of inland salmonids, quantifying the distribution, abundance, and life history variation of redband trout in the northern Great Basin, population and landscape genetics of redband trout, and developing decision support tools for prioritizing native trout research needs in Oregon. My past research has covered a variety of topics including population genetics, landscape ecology, food web ecology, competitive interactions between native and nonnative species, thermal ecology, and population assessment and monitoring techniques.


Curriculum Vitae


Current Research

Food web interactions

Population and landscape genetics

Ecology of fishes in arid landscapes


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brown, P.J., C.S. Guy, and M.H. Meeuwig. 2017. A comparison of two mobile electrode arrays for increasing mortality of Lake Trout embryos. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37:363-369. DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2016.1269031

Meeuwig, M.H., and M.M. Peacock. 2017. Food web interactions associated with a Lahontan Cutthroat Trout reintroduction effort in an alpine lake. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 8:449-464. DOI: 10.3996/092016-JFWM-073

Schultz, L.B., B.E. Chasco, S.L. Whitlock, M.H. Meeuwig, and C.B. Schreck. 2017. Growth and annual survival estimates to examine the ecology of larval lamprey and the implications of ageing error in fitting models. Journal of Fish Biology 90:1305-1320. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13230

Tennant, L.B., R.E. Gresswell, C.S. Guy, and M.H. Meeuwig. 2016. Spawning and rearing behavior of bull trout in a headwater lake ecosystem. Environmental Biology of Fishes 99:117-131. DOI: 10.1007/s10641-015-0461-x

Meeuwig, M.H., C.S. Guy, and W.A. Fredenberg. 2011. Trophic relationships between a native and a nonnative predator in a system of natural lakes. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 20:315-325. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0633.2011.00498.x

Meeuwig, M.H., C.S. Guy, and W.A. Fredenberg. 2011. Use of cover habitat by bull trout, Salvelinus confluentus, and lake trout, Salvelinus namaycush, in a laboratory environment. Environmental Biology of Fishes 90:367-378. DOI: 10.1007/s10641-010-9747-1

Meeuwig, M.H., C.S. Guy, S.T. Kalinowski, and W.A. Fredenberg. 2010. Landscape influences on genetic differentiation among bull trout populations in a stream-lake network. Molecular Ecology 19:3620-3633. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04655.x

Kalinowski, S.T., M.H. Meeuwig, S.R. Narum, and M.L. Taper. 2008. Stream trees: a statistical method for mapping genetic differences between populations of freshwater organisms to the sections of streams that connect them. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65:2752-2760. DOI: 10.1139/F08-171

Meeuwig, M.H., C.S. Guy, and W.A. Fredenberg. 2008. Influence of landscape characteristics on fish species richness among lakes of Glacier National Park, Montana. Intermountain Journal of Sciences 14:1-16.

Meeuwig, M.H. A.L. Puls, and J.M. Bayer. 2007. Survival and tag retention of Pacific lamprey larvae and macrophthalmia marked with coded wire tags. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:96-102. DOI: 10.1577/M06-074.1

Meeuwig, M.H., J.M. Bayer, and R.A. Reiche. 2006. Morphometric discrimination of early life stage Lampetra tridentata and L. richardsoni (Petromyzonidae) from the Columbia River Basin. Journal of Morphology 267:623-633. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.10427

Meeuwig, M.H., and J.M. Bayer. 2005. Morphology and aging precision of statoliths from larvae of Columbia River Basin lampreys. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:38-48. DOI: 10.1577/M03-184.1

Meeuwig, M.H., J.M. Bayer, and J.G. Seelye. 2005. Effects of temperature on survival and development of early life stage Pacific and western brook lampreys. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:19-27. DOI: 10.1577/FT03-206.1

Meeuwig, M.H., J.B. Dunham, J.P. Hayes, and G.L. Vinyard. 2004. Effects of constant and cyclical thermal regimes on growth and feeding performance of cutthroat trout of variable sizes. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 13:208-216. DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0633.2004.00052.x


Selected Technical Reports and Documents

Starcevich, S.J., E.J. Bailey, and M.H. Meeuwig. 2017. Bull Trout conservation and recovery in the Odell Lake Core Area: adult status in Trapper Creek and thermal and physical habitat suitability in 2016. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Progress Reports.

Meeuwig, M.H., and S.P. Clements. 2015. Temporal variability in the distribution and abundance of a desert trout: implications for monitoring design and population persistence in dynamic stream environments. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Progress Reports.

Meeuwig, M.H., S.J. Starcevich, E.J. Bailey, S.P. Clements, and J.L. McCormick. 2015. Bull trout conservation and recovery in the Odell Lake Core Area: distribution, behavior, ecology, and fisheries evaluations (2013-2014). Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Technical Reports 2015-04.

DeHaan, P., J. Von Bargen, M. Meeuwig, and S. Clements. 2015. Great Basin redband trout genetic status assessment. Final Report of US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Meeuwig, M., and S. Clements. 2014. Use of depletion electrofishing and a generalized random-tessellation stratified design to estimate density and abundance of redband trout in the northern Great Basin. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Information Reports 2014-01.

Meeuwig, M., S. Clements, and S. Starcevich. 2012. Native trout decision support model: summary report. Report of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife – Native Fish Investigations Program.