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Seth Wenger

Assistant Professor and Director for Policy, River Basin Center
Graduate Faculty
University of Georgia
River Basin Center
Athens, GA 30602

Office: 706-542-1778
email: swenger@uga.edu

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Ph.D. in Ecology, University of Georgia, 2006
M.S. in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia, 1999
B.S. in Environmental Science, Lebanon Valley College, 1994
B.A. in English, Lebanon Valley College, 1994

Research Interests

  • Potential effects of climate change on salmonids in the Western United States
  • Effects of urbanization and other land uses on freshwater ecosystems
  • Practical land use management policies to minimize impacts to freshwater ecosystems
  • Estimating populations and forecasting species populations status
  • Conservation prioritization
  • Other interests: decision analysis, ecosystem effects of fish community shifts, conservation of fishes of the Northern Andes

Research Projects

Modeling population viability across broad spatial scales; Modeling stream temperatures in the Pacific Northwest; Modeling the thermal niches of aquatic species; Methods for weighting competing ecological models; Effects of climate change and invasive species on the future distribution of inland cutthroat trout in the Western United States; urban effects on streams in Athens, GA

Selected Publications

Wenger, S.J., N.A. Som, D.C. Dauwalter, D.J. Isaak, H.M. Neville, C.H. Luce, J.B. Dunham, M.K. Young, K.D. Fausch and B.E. Rieman. 2013. Probabilistic accounting of uncertainty in forecasts of species distributions under climate change. Global Change Biology 19: 3343-3354.

Peterson, D.P, S.J. Wenger, B.E. Reiman and D.J. Isaak. 2013. Linking Climate Change and Fish Conservation Efforts Using Spatially Explicit Decision Support Tools. Fisheries 38: 112-127.

Peterson, E.E., J.M. Ver Hoef, D.J. Isaak, J. A. Falke, M.-J. Fortin, C.E. Jordan, K. McNyset, P. Monestiez, A.S. Ruesch, A. Sengupta, N. Som, E.A. Steel, D.M. Theobald, C.E. Torgersen, S.J. Wenger. 2013. Modelling dendritic ecological networks in space: an integrated network perspective. Ecology Letters 16: 707-719.

Al-Chokhachy, R., S.J. Wenger, D.J. Isaak and J.L. Kershner. 2013. Characterizing the thermal suitability of instream salmonids: a cautionary example from the Rocky Mountains. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 793-801.

Goode, J.R., J.M. Buffington, D.J. Isaak, D. Tonina, R.F. Thurow, S.J. Wenger, D.E. Nagel, C.H. Luce, D. Tetzlaff and C. Soulsby. 2013. Understanding potential effects of climate change on streambed scour and risks to salmonid survival in mountain basins. Hydrologic Processes 27: 750-765.

Rosetti de Paula, F., P. Gerhard, S.J. Wenger, A. Ferreira, C.A. Vettorazzi and S.F. de Barros Ferraz. 2012. Multiscale analysis of forest cover alterations on in-stream large woody debris quantity in an agricultural landscape of southeastern Brazil. Landscape Ecology 28: 13-27.

Wenger, S.J. and J.D. Olden. 2012. Assessing transferability of ecological models: an underappreciated aspect of statistical validation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3: 260-267.

Wenger, S.J., D.J. Isaak, C.H. Luce, H.M. Neville, K.D. Fausch, J.B. Dunham, D.C. Dauwalter, M.K. Young, M.M. Elsner, B.E. Rieman, A.F. Hamlet and J.E. Williams. 2011. Flow regime, temperature and biotic interactions drive differential declines of trout species under climate change. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(34): 14175-14180.

Wenger, S.J., D.J. Isaak, B.E. Rieman, J.B. Dunham, M.K. Young, K.D. Fausch, C.H. Luce, H.M. Neville, D.E. Nagel, G.L. Chandler and D.L. Horan. 2011. Role of climate and invasive species in structuring trout distributions in the Interior Columbia Basin. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 68: 988-1008.

Dauwalter, D.C., S.J. Wenger, K.R. Gelwicks and K. Fesenmyer. 2011. Land use associations with roundtail chub, flannelmouth sucker and bluehead sucker occurrence in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140(3): 646-658.

Hagler, M.M., M.C. Freeman, S.J. Wenger, B.J. Freeman, P.L. Rakes and J.R. Shute. 2011. Use of recent and historical records to estimate status and trends of a rare and imperiled stream fish, Percina jenkinsi (Percidae). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources 68: 739-748.

Wenger, S.J., C.H. Luce, A.F. Hamlet, D.J. Isaak and H.M. Neville. 2010. Macroscale hydrologic modeling of ecologically relevant flow metrics in small streams. Water Resources Research 46, W09513, doi: 10.1029/2009WR008839.

Wenger, S.J., M.C. Freeman, L.A. Fowler, B.J. Freeman and J.T. Peterson. 2010. Conservation planning for imperiled aquatic species in an urbanizing environment. Landscape and Urban Planning 97(1):11-21.

Wenger, S.J., M.M. Hagler and B.J. Freeman. 2009. Prioritization of areas of the Conasauga River Sub-basin of Georgia and Tennessee for preservation and restoration. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 51: 31-38.

Wenger, S.J., A.H. Roy, C.R. Jackson, E.S. Bernhardt, T.L. Carter, S. Filoso, C.A. Gibson, N.B. Grimm, W.C. Hession, S.S. Kaushal, E. Martí, J.L. Meyer, M.A. Palmer, M.J. Paul, A.H. Purcell, A. Ramirez, A.D. Rosemond, K.A. Schofield, T.R. Schueler, E. Sudduth, C.J. Walsh. 2009. Twenty-six key research questions in urban stream ecology: an assessment of the state of the science. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28: 1080-1098.

Roy, A.H., A.H. Purcell, C.J. Wash and S.J. Wenger. 2009. Urbanization and stream ecology: five years later. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28: 908-910.

Wenger, S.J. 2008. The use of surrogates to predict the stressor response of imperiled species. Conservation Biology 22(6): 1564-1571.

Roy, A.H., S.J. Wenger, T.D. Fletcher, C.J. Walsh, A.R. Ladson, W.D. Shuster, H.W. Thurston and R.R. Brown. 2008. Impediments and solutions to sustainable, watershed-scale urban stormwater management: lessons from Australia and the United States. Environmental Management 42(2): 344-359.

Wenger, S.J. and M.C. Freeman. 2008. Estimating species occurrence, abundance and detection probability using zero-inflated distributions. Ecology 89(10): 2953–2959.

Wenger, S.J., J.T. Peterson, M.C. Freeman, B.J. Freeman and D.D.Homans. 2008. Stream fish occurrence in response to impervious cover, historic land use and hydrogeomorphic factors. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 65: 1250-1264.

Roy, A.H., M.C. Freeman, B.J. Freeman, W.E. Ensign, S.J. Wenger and J.L. Meyer. 2006. Importance of streamside riparian forests in urban areas contingent on sediment and hydrologic regime. Environmental Management 37(4): 523-539.

Roy, A.H., M.C. Freeman, B.J. Freeman, S.J. Wenger, W.E. Ensign and J.L. Meyer. 2005. Investigating hydrologic alteration as a mechanism of fish assemblage shifts in urbanizing streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 24(3): 656-678.

Seth Wenger

"...in fact, most of our thoughts, minute by minute, are borrowed from the common fund of socially acceptable nonsense" -B. Ehrenreich