Professor, USGS Coop Unit Leader
PhD, Aquatic Ecology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, 1996
BS, Limnology, University of California, Davis, California, 1991
Evaluating factors that structure and limit fish populations in lentic and lotic systems; Conservation biology, invasion ecology, and food web dynamics of aquatic systems with an emphasis on fishes
Dr. Phaedra Budy is the Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Society, Utah Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit as well as a Professor of fisheries management and aquatic ecology in the Department of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University (USU). She holds a B.S. in Limnology from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Aquatic Ecology from Utah State University. She does research that fits into an overall framework of evaluating the factors that structure and limit fish populations in both lentic and lotic systems, and also works broadly in the conservation biology, invasion ecology, and food web dynamics of aquatic systems. Her current research covers a wide geographical range including almost all of Utah (from the south of the state up to high elevation points in the Bear River drainage), Oregon and Washington, New Mexico, Texas, and Alaska and includes many species of salmonids, imperiled native desert fishes (the "three species"), and numerous warm water lentic fishes. She also dabbles in experimental and adaptive stream restoration and large river management.