Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Hopper, M. George

Committee Member

Leopold, D. Bruce

Committee Member

Taylor, M. Christopher

Committee Member

Miranda, Esteban L.

Committee Member

Tietjen, E. Todd

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


College of Forest Resources


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries


The Yazoo River Basin of Mississippi includes several rivers and hundreds of floodplain lakes within an area greatly impacted by agriculture. I studied 17 of these lakes distributed over the lower half of the Yazoo River Basin to document fish assemblages and limnological patterns and to identify environmental variables that might influence these assemblages. Potential connectivity of the lake to parent river and wetland-lake area ratio in the watershed were related to the limnological conditions and fish communities. Lakes with greater potential connectivity tended to be deeper and had greater specific conductance and greater fish species richness including more riverine species. Conversely, as the potential connectivity decreased, lakes were shallower, had greater chlorophyll-a fluorescence, wetland-lake area ratio, and a less speciose lacustrine fish community. Species richness and assemblage composition of riverine species were related directly to potential connectivity. Lacustrine species assemblages were linked to wetland-lake area ratio and turbidity.



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