Caitlin Carey

Research Associate

Caitlin Carey is an aquatic biologist who began working with the Conservation Management Institute after receiving her master’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife at Virginia Tech in 2013. Her projects focus on monitoring imperiled freshwater mussel populations, using mark-recapture and occupancy modeling to assess aquatic and terrestrial species’ population dynamics and distributions, management and analysis of large datasets, and investigating changes in species abundance and distributions in response to environmental change. Her research interests include stream ecology, conservation of freshwater mollusks, mussel life-history research, applied population biology, predictive species distribution and habitat modeling, aquatic natural resource management, and environmental education and outreach. Additionally, she is an approved surveyor in Virginia for Tennessee River drainage freshwater mussel habitat assessments and surveys. 

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Population dynamics
  • Research and recovery of imperiled freshwater mollusks
  • Conservation and management of freshwater ecosystems
  • Environmental education and outreach

B.S. Fisheries Science, Virginia Tech (2008)

M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife, Virginia Tech (2013)

Carey, C.S., J.W. Jones, R.S. Butler, and E.M. Hallerman. 2015. Restoring the endangered oyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis) to the upper Clinch River, Virginia: an evaluation of population restoration techniques. Restoration Ecology 23:447–454.​

Carey, C.S., J.W. Jones, E.M. Hallerman, and R.S. Butler. 2013. Determining optimum temperature for growth and survival of laboratory-propagated juvenile freshwater mussels. North American Journal of Aquaculture 75:532–542. 

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