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Noel Burkhead

Research Fish Biologist

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Short Biography

EDUCATION:

      Roanoke College, B.S. (major general biology), 1973

      University of Tennessee, M.S. (major zoology), 1980

 

TECHNICAL TRAINING RECEIVED:

      Two courses in statistics, 8 credits, Graduate School, University of Florida, 1993-1994

      CPR and Firs Aide (current certifications held from 1989 to 1997; 2009

      DAN Emergency Oxygen Administration 1994 & 1996

      NAUI Dry Suite Training 1994

      Supervisor I Training 1996

      Personnel Training for Supervisors 1997

      DOI Boating Safety 1997

      USGS Lotus Notes software training 1999

      AIMS Training (December 2000)

     Federal Information Systems Security Awareness Training 2003 to 2011

      Charge Card Holder Travel and Purchase Training 2004

      DOI Safety Training 2005

      Discrimination and Whistle-blowing in the Workplace 2007 to 2011

      Privacy Act Orientation 2008 to 2011

      Records Management Awareness 2006 to 2011

      DOI Safe Driver Training 2011

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

PRESENT ASSIGNMENTS

 

Fisheries Research Biologist, Southeast Ecological Science Center

Dates:  from 2010 to present (2005 to 2010, ex Florida Integrated Science Center)

 



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 PUBLICATIONS

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1975. Recent capture and analysis of sharphead darter, Etheostoma acuticeps, an endangered percid fish of the upper Tennessee River drainage.  Copeia 1975:731-740.

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1975. Distribution and aspects of life history and morphology of the cyprinid fish Notropis semperasper endemic to the upper James River drainage, Virginia.  Chesapeake Science 16:178-191.

Jenkins, R. E., N. M. Burkhead, and D. J. Jenkins. 1976.  An ichthyologist looks at Virginia.  Virginia Wildlife 37(7):20-22.

Jenkins, R. E., N. M. Burkhead, and D. A. Etnier. 1980.  Hybopsis cahni Hubbs and Crowe, Slender Chub.  Page 182  In:  Atlas of North American Freshwater Fishes.  North Carolina State Museum Natural History, Raleigh.

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1980. Hybopsis monacha (Cope), spotfin chub. Page 192 In: Atlas of North American Freshwater Fishes.  North Carolina State Museum Natural History, Raleigh.

Burkhead, N. M. 1980. The life history of the stoneroller minnow Campostoma a. anomalum (Rafinesque) in five streams in east Tennessee. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Technical Report No. 80-50, Nashville.

Burkhead, N. M., R. E. Jenkins, and E. G. Maurakis. 1980. New records, distribution and diagnostic characters of Virginia ictalurid catfishes with an adnexed adipose fin. Brimleyana 4:75-93.

Burkhead, N. M., and B. H. Bauer. 1983. An intergeneric cyprinid hybrid, Hybopsis monacha X Notropis galacturus, from the Tennessee River drainage. Copeia 1983:1074-1077.

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1984. Description, biology and distribution of the spotfin chub, Hybopsis monacha, a threatened cyprinid fish of the Tennessee River drainage. Bulletin Alabama Museum Natural History 8:1-30.

Burkhead, N. M., and J. D. Williams. 1990. Research on the Okaloosa darter focuses on competition and habitat use. Endangered Species Technical Bulletin 25(11):5-6.

Burkhead, N. M. 1991. Southeast regional report. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 23:18.

Burkhead, N. M., and J. D. Williams. 1991. An intergeneric hybrid of a native minnow, the golden shiner, and an exotic minnow, the rudd.  Transactions American Fisheries Society 120:781-795.

Burkhead, N. M., and R. E. Jenkins. 1991. Fishes. Pages 321-409, in K. Terwilliger (coordinator).  Virginia's Endangered Species. McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Burkhead, N. M. 1991. Region II report, southeast. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 25:5-6.

Burkhead, N. M., J. D. Williams. 1992. The boulder darter: a conservation challenge. Endangered Species Technical Bulletin 27(3-8):4-6.

Burkhead, N. M., J. D. Williams, and B. J. Freeman. 1992. A river under siege. Georgia Wildlife 2(2):10-17.

Burkhead, N. M., J. D. Williams, and R. W. Yeager. 1992. Okaloosa darter.  Etheostoma okaloosae. Pages 23-30, in C. R. Gilbert (editor).  Rare and endangered biota of Florida. Volume II.  Fishes.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Burkhead, N. M. 1993. Region II report, Southeast. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 27:10-11.

Easton, R.S., D.J. Orth, and N.M. Burkhead. 1993. The first collection of the rudd, Scardinius erythropthalmus (Cyprinidae), in the New River, West Virginia. J. Freshwater Ecology 8(3): 263-264.

Burkhead, N. M. 1994. Region II report, Southeast. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 30:13-14.

Jenkins, R. E., and N. M. Burkhead. 1994. The Freshwater Fishes of Virginia. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.

Burkhead, N. M. 1995. Region II report, Southeast. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 32:14-15.

Bauer, B. H., D. A. Etnier, and N. M. Burkhead. 1995. Etheostoma (Ulocentra) scotti (OSTEICHTHYS: PERCIDAE), a new darter from the Etowah River system in Georgia. Bulletin Alabama Museum of Natural History 17: 1-16.

Walsh, S. J., N. M. Burkhead, and J. D. Williams. 1995. Southeastern freshwater fishes.  Pages 144-147, in E. T. LaRoe, G. S. Farris, C. E. Puckett, P. D. Morgan, and M. J. Mac (editors).  Our living resources.  A report to the nation on the distribution, abundance, and health of U. S. plants, animals, and ecosystems.  U. S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, D.C.

Burkhead, N. M. 1996. Region II report, Southeast.  Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 33:12-13.

Burkhead, N. M. 1997. The Fishes of West Virginia by Jay R. Stauffer, Jr., Jeffery M. Boltz, and Laura R. White. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1995. Review, Fisheries 22(4):54-56.

Burkhead, N. M., S. J. Walsh, B. J. Freeman, and J. D. Williams. 1997. Status and restoration of the Etowah River, an imperiled southern Appalachian river ecosystem. Pages 375-444, in G. A. Benz and D. E. Collins (editors).  Aquatic fauna in peril: the southeastern perspective.  Special Publication No. 1, Southeast Aquatic Research Institute, Lenz Design & Communications, Decatur, GA.

Burkhead, N. M. 1999. Region II report, southeast. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 38:11-12.

Burkhead, N. M. 2000.  Region II report, southeast.  roceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 41:13-16.

Burkhead, N. M. and H. L. Jelks. 2000. Essay 1. Diversity, levels of imperilment, and cryptic fishes in the southeastern United States. Pages 30 - 32, in Abell, R.A., D.M. Olson, E. Dinerstein, P.T. Hurley, J.T. Diggs, W. Eichbaum, S. Walters, W. Wettengel, T. Allnutt, C.J. Loucks, and P. Hedao. Freshwater ecoregions of North America: a conservation assessment. Island Press, Covelo, CA.

Burkhead, N. M. 2001. Region II report, southeast. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council 42:16-18.

Burkhead, N. M., and H. L. Jelks. 2001. The effects of suspended sediment on the reproductive success of the tricolor shiner, a crevice-spawning minnow. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130(5):959-968.

Burkhead, N.M. (Reviewer). 2002. Freshwater Fish Distribution by T.M. Berra. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 21(4): 729-731.

Burkhead, N. M., and D. H. Huge. 2002.  The case of the red shiner: what happens when a good fish goes bad?  (web address copied on 28 July 2005). http://cars.er.usgs.gov/Southeastern_Aquatic_Fauna/Freshwater_Fishes/Shiner_Research/shiner_research.html

Burkhead, N. M. 2004. Logperches: masters of stone. American Currents Fall (2004):18-21.

Freeman, M. C., E. R. Irwin, N. M. Burkhead, B. J. Freeman, and H. L. Bart, Jr. 2005. Status and conservation of the fish fauna of the Alabama River system. American Fisheries Society Symposium 45:557–585.

Williams, J. DD. A. Neely, S. J. Walsh, and N. M. Burkhead. 2007. Three new percid fishes (Percidae: Percina) from the Mobile Basin drainage of Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee.  Zootaxa 1549:1-28.

Walters, D.M., Blum, M.J., Rashleigh, B., Freeman, B.J., Porter, B.A., and N.M. Burkhead. 2008. Red shiner invasion and hybridization with blacktail shiner in the upper Coosa River, USA. Biological Invasions 10(8): 1229-1242.

Freeman, M.C., B. J. Freeman, N.M. Burkhead, and C.A. Straight. 2008. A new species of Percina (Perciformes: Percidae) from the Apalachicola River drainage, southeastern United States. Zootaxa1963: 25–42.

Jelks, H.L., S.J. Walsh, N. M. Burkhead, S. Contreras-Balderas, E. Díaz-Pardo, D.A. Hendrickson, J. Lyons, N.E. Mandrak, F. McCormick, J.S. Nelson, S.P. Platania, B.A. Porter, C.B. Renaud, J.J. Schmitter-Soto, E.B. Taylor, and M.L. Warren, Jr. 2008. Conservation status of imperiled North American freshwater and diadromous Fishes. Fisheries 33 (5):372-407.

Jelks, H.L., S.J. Walsh, N. M. Burkhead, S. Contreras-Balderas, E. Díaz-Pardo, D.A. Hendrickson, J. Lyons, N.E. Mandrak, F. McCormick, J.S. Nelson, S.P. Platania, B.A. Porter, C.B. Renaud, J.J. Schmitter-Soto, E.B. Taylor, and M.L. Warren, Jr. 2008. Conservation status of imperiled North American freshwater and diadromous Fishes. (website)  http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/afs/

Walsh, S.J., H.L. Jelks, and N.M. Burkhead. 2009. The decline of North American freshwater fishes.  http://www.actionbioscience.org/biodiversity/walsh.html

Burkhead, N.M. (Reviewer) 2009. Fish conservation: a guide to understanding and restoring global aquatic biodiversity and fishery resources. Gene S. Helfman. Island Press, Washington, D.C. 2007. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:1198–1205.

Burkhead, N.M. 2009. The Southeastern Fishes Council List of Freshwater Fishes.  http://ichthyology.usm.edu/sfc/fishes/ (October 2009).

Burkhead, N.M. 2009. Research and conservation activities in Florida 2009. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council No. 51:41-43.

Blum, M. J., D. M. Walters, N. M. Burkhead, B. J. Freeman, B. A. Porter. 2010. Reproductive isolation and the expansion of an invasive hybrid swarm. Biological Invasions http://www.springerlink.com/content/h663231513843388/fulltext.pdf

Burkhead, N.M. 2010. Research and conservation activities in Florida 2010. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council (December), No. 52:22-23.

Burkhead, N.M., T. Hoehn, and W. Tate. 2011. Bluenose shiner biological status review report. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, Florida.

Burkhead, N.M., T. Hoehn, and W. Tate. 2011. Blackmouth shiner biological status review report. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tallahassee, Florida.

Burkhead, N.M. 2011. Research and conservation activities in Florida 2011. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council (December), No. 53:22-24.

Ward LW, Blum MJ, Walters DM, Porter BA, Burkhead N, Freeman B. 2012. Discordant introgression in a rapidly expanding hybrid swarm. Evolutionary Applications 2012: 380-392. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1752-4571.2012.00249.x/pdf

Burkhead NM. 2012. Research and conservation activities in Florida 2012. Proceedings of the Southeastern Fishes Council (December), No. 54:21-22.

Burkhead NM. 2012. Extinction rates in North American freshwater fishes, 1900 to 2010. BioScience 62: 798-808.

Burkhead NM. 2012. Extinction rates in North American freshwater fishes. http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/extinct_fishes/index.html

Johnson PD, Bogan AE, Brown KM, Burkhead NM, Cordeiro JR, Garner JT, Hartfield PD, Lepizki DAW, Mackie GR, Pip E, Tarpley TA, Tiemann JR, Whelan NV, Strong EE. In press. Conservation status of freshwater gastropods of Canada and the United States. Fisheries 38: __-__.




                           

My Science Topics


Science Topic
Subtopic
Ecology and Environmentbiodiversity
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentbenthic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentaquatic ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentfreshwater ecosystems
Ecology and Environmentenvironmental assessment
Environmental Issueshuman impacts
Environmental Issuesland use change
Plants and Animalsanimals
Plants and Animalsendangered species
Plants and Animalsextinction and extirpation
Plants and Animalsinvasive species
Plants and Animalsspecies diversity
Plants and Animalsvertebrates



My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Climate Variability & Change

The Role of Environment and Wildlife in Human Health

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Relying on phylogenetic systematics and evolutionary theory for underpinnings of investigations, Noel Burkhead conducts basic research in the areas of biology, behavior, conservation, and ecology of freshwater fishes. Most research is linked to some aspect of conservation of ichthyodiversity. Noel has co-described three species of darters (two Percina and one Etheostoma) from the southeast uplands. While the majority of his field experience is in the southeastern United States and Gulf drainages in Mexico, he is interested in topical research problems and interesting fishes wherever they occur (a fish is a fish…). His current activities focus on contemporary extinction rates and underlying patterns of extinction of North American freshwater and diadromous fishes. This work has been expanded to include freshwater macroinvertebrates: mussels, snails, and crayfish extinction rates in North America (North American mollusks have the highest modern to background extinction rates of any group in the world). He is currently working on the descriptions of four putative new species of darters allied to the holiday darter Etheostoma brevirostrum. Recent research efforts have focused on interactions between nonindigenous populations of the red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis) and its interactions, primarily hybrid swarms, with other species of Cyprinella, the second largest cyprinid genus in North America. Noel is interested in life history of fishes, particularly in life history patterns among related groups of fishes. Studies of the enigmatic Slender Chub (Erimystax cahni), a Clinch River endemic, are planned that will hopefully determine if that species is likely extinct. This minnow has only been observed once (in 1996) despite repeated efforts by knowledgeable biologists. Noel plans to continue investigations of extinction-prone fishes by comparing life histories of extinct taxa to extant North American freshwater fishes. He hopes to help establish long term monitoring sites in the upper Suwannee River basin relative to ground water withdrawals and stability of base flows relative to imperiled mussels. The important question is whether current groundwater withdrawals will affect the persistence of mussel populations in small headwater streams.


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Noel Burkhead
7920 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653
nburkhead@usgs.gov
352-264-3499
352-378-4956 - Fax
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