Office: 1053 Academic Surge
Personal Professional Website: https://sites.google.com/view/lusardi-lab/research
Dr. Lusardi is an freshwater research ecologist and applied conservation biologist and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. He is also the California Trout-UC Davis Coldwater Fish Scientist. Rob is broadly interested in stream ecology and food web dynamics of rivers and adjacent habitats throughout California and their role in shaping aquatic species response. He uses a combination of field and manipulation experiments and modelling to address the mechanisms underpinning field observations. Specifically, his research examines interactions between water temperature and food availability on the growth and survival of juvenile salmon, how different habitat types influence the costs and benefits of juvenile salmonid rearing, the conservation implications of reintroduction strategies to historical habitats, wetland ecology, and the status and conservation of salmonids throughout California.
Research Areas: Freshwater Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Food web Ecology, Native Fish Conservation, Community Ecology, Aquatic Species Interactions, and Applied Conservation Ecology
Education and Experience:
- BA, Biology, 1998, Hamilton College
- PhD, Ecology, 2015, University of California, Davis
- Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017, Center For Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis
- Research Scientist Series, 2017-Present, University of California, Davis
Food webs as essential habitat for riverine fishes, spring-fed rivers as climate resilient habitats for coldwater biota, reintroduction of native fishes to historical habitat, Klamath River dam removal science, rural working landscapes and reconciliation ecology, California Environmental Flows Framework, life cycle production models for threatened and endangered species.