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Distribution of Fishes in the Red River of the North Basin on Multivariate Environmental Gradients


I would like to thank my adviser, Dr. John Peterka, for recommending this study and providing helpful advice and assistance. Thanks also goes to my committee members: Dr. William Bleier, Dr. Robert Carlson, Dr. Thomas Collins, and Dr. James Grier. This research was funded by the North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute, Interbasin Biota Transfer Studies Program; the North Dakota Game and Fish Department; and the Department of Zoology, North Dakota State University. I would also like to thank Kirk Krueger and Josh Kadrmas for dedicated field and lab assistance and the following individuals who graciously provided me with fish survey and/or water quality data: James Underhill, Bell Museum of Natural History; Douglas Nelson, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan; Kevin Cummings, Illinois Natural History Survey; Susan Jewett, Smithsonian Institution; Eric Pearson, North Dakota State Department of Health; Lee Sundmark, Robert Strand, and Paul Glander, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Section of Fisheries; Gene Van Eeckhout, North Dakota Game and Fish Department; Patricia Bailey and Louise Hotka, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Konrad Schmidt and Luther Aadland, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Ecological Services Section; Robert Goldstein and Jeff Stoner, United States Geological Survey; and Cheryl Feigum. This dissertation would not have been possible without the wholehearted support of my wife, Sandie, and the patience of my sons, Justin and Aaron. Thanks also for the mental and financial support provided by the rest of my family: Jacque, Marvin, Diane, Harlow, Lisa, Lezlee, David, Missy, and Chad.
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