David Edds

David Edds Dr. David Edds is an aquatic ecologist interested in the community structure of aquatic environments. At Emporia State University, Dr. Edds is Professor of Biological Sciences, and teaches Aquatic Biology, Ichthyology, Stream Ecology, Fisheries Management, Zoology, and Scientific Writing.

Dr. Edds earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University with a dissertation entitled "Multivariate analysis of fish assemblage composition and environmental correlates in a Himalayan river -- Nepal's Kali Gandaki/Narayani," based on research conducted in Nepal in 1984-86, and summarized in Copeia 1993:48-60, Odonatologica 22:213-221, and the Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 9:41-46; 10:1-12; 10:13-22; and 11:1-14.

Dr. Edds' major professor at OSU was Dr. A.A. Echelle, who also supervised his master's research on "The genetic structure of endangered desert fishes: natural versus captive populations," which used electrophoresis to compare genetic variability of natural and captive populations of Cyprinodon bovinus, C. elegans, and Gambusia nobilis. Results were published in Copeia 1987:668-681, Conservation Biology 3:159-169, and Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:441-446.

Dr. Edds' main research interests are with fish ecology and conservation biology, but he also studies the ecology of freshwater mussels and aquatic turtles. Much of his recent research in Kansas has centered on the conservation of threatened and endangered species, including the Neosho madtom (a threatened catfish); the Neosho mucket, Ouachita kidneyshell, and western fanshell (mussels); and the northern map turtle and alligator snapping turtle. Other research has examined the ecology of reservoir fishes, including native and nonindigenous species, the effects of dams and pollution on riverine communities, and spatiotemporal patterns/environmental correlates of fish assemblage structure.

Dr. Edds' principal research addresses the distribution and ecology of fishes of Nepal. He was a Peace edds holding a very large eelCorps fisheries volunteer in Nepal in 1977-79, and a student Fulbright scholar in Nepal in 1984-85. During sabbatical leave from ESU, and with support from National Geographic and a faculty Fulbright research grant, Dr. Edds traveled to Nepal in 1996 to continue long-term research on fish ecology in the Himalayas. Results of these studies have been published in the Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, and Zootaxa. His collections of Nepal fishes are held in the Tribhuvan University Natural History Museum, Kathmandu, and in the Fisheries Development Division, Kathmandu, as well as in the Collection of Vertebrates at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, and the University of Kansas Museum of Natural History, Lawrence.

Dr. Edds graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Kansas in 1977, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Independence Community College in 1974. He is a past-president of the Kansas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the Kansas Herpetological Society, a past member of the Board of Governors of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists, and is a former associate editor for that society's journal. His membership in professional societies includes the American Fisheries Society, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, The Chelonian Conservation Society, Southwestern Association of Naturalists, and Kansas Academy of Science.

Dr. Edds can be phoned at (620) 341-5622, FAXed at (620) 341-5607, or e-mailed at dedds@emporia.edu.

Selected publications: Edds, D.R. Fishes in Nepal: ichthyofaunal surveys in seven nature preserves. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters: ms accepted.

Edds, D.R. and H.H. Ng. 2007. Additions to the ichthyofauna of Nepal, with a redescription of Neoeucirrhichthys maydelli (Teleostei: Cobitidae). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 18(2): 125-132.

Gillette, D.P., J.S. Tiemann, D.R. Edds, and M.L. Wildhaber. 2006. Habitat use by a Midwestern U.S.A. riverine fish assemblage: effects of season, water temperature and river discharge. Journal of Fish Biology 68(5): 1494-1512.

Gillette, D.P., J.S. Tiemann, D.R. Edds, and M.L. Wildhaber. 2005. Spatiotemporal patterns of fish assemblage structure in a river impounded by low-head dams. Copeia 2005(3): 539-549.

Tiemann, J.S., D.P. Gillette, M.L. Wildhaber, and D.R. Edds. 2005. Effects of lowhead dams on the ephemeropterans, plecopterans, and trichopterans group in a North American river. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 20(3): 519-525.

Combes, M. and D. Edds. 2005. Mussel assemblages upstream from three Kansas reservoirs. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 20(1): 139-148.

Haslouer, S.G., M.E. Eberle, D.R. Edds, K.B. Gido, C.S. Mammoliti, J.R. Triplett, J.T. Collins, D.A. Distler, D.G. Huggins, and W.J. Stark. 2005. Current status of native fish species in Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 108(1-2): 32-46.

Ng, H.H. and D.R. Edds. 2005. Two new species of Pseudecheneis, rheophilic catfishes (Teleostei: Sisoridae) from Nepal. Zootaxa 1047: 1-19.

Ng, H.H. and D.R. Edds. 2005. Two new species of Erethistoides (Teleostei: Erethistidae) from Nepal. Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 16(3): 239-248.

Ng, H.H. and D.R. Edds. 2004. Batasio macronotus, a new species of bagrid catfish from Nepal (Teleostei: Siluriformes). Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 15(4): 295-300.

Tiemann, J.S., D.P. Gillette, M.L. Wildhaber, and D.R. Edds. 2004. Effects of lowhead dams on riffle-dwelling fishes and macroinvertebrates in a Midwestern river. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133(3): 705-717.

Tiemann, J.S., D.P. Gillette, M.L. Wildhaber, and D.R. Edds. 2004. Correlations among densities of stream fishes in the upper Neosho River, with focus on the Neosho madtom. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 107(1-2): 17-24.

Sherraden-Chance, S.A. and D.R. Edds. 2004. Mussel assemblages in a developing oxbow and a newly-cut channel of the Neosho River, Kansas. American Midland Naturalist 152(2): 347-359.

Edds, D.R., W.J. Matthews, and F.P. Gelwick. 2002. Resource use by large catfishes in a reservoir: is there evidence for interactive segregation and innate differences? Journal of Fish Biology 60(3):739-750.

Edds, D., D. Gillette, T. Maskey, and M. Mahato. 2002. Hot-soda process paper mill effluent effects on fishes and macroinvertebrates in the Narayani River, Nepal. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 17(4):543-554.

Dimmick, W.W. and D.R. Edds. 2002. Evolutionary genetics of the endemic schizothoracine (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) fishes of Lake Rara, Nepal. Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 30(10):919-929.

Dean, J., D. Edds, D. Gillette, J. Howard, S. Sherraden, and J. Tiemann. 2002. Effects of lowhead dams on freshwater mussels in the Neosho River, Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 105(3-4):232-240.

Bulger, A.G., C.D. Wilkinson, D.R. Edds, and M.L. Wildhaber. 2002. Breeding behavior and reproductive life history of the Neosho madtom, Noturus placidus (Teleostei: Ictaluridae). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 105(3-4):106-124.

Bulger, A.G., M. Wildhaber, and D. Edds. 2002. Effects of photoperiod on behavior and courtship of the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus). Journal of Freshwater Ecology 17(1):141-150.

Bulger, A.G. and D.R. Edds. 2001. Population structure and habitat use in Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus). Southwestern Naturalist 46(1):8-15.

Wilkinson, C. and D. Edds. 2001. Spatial pattern and environmental correlates of a midwestern stream fish assemblage: including spatial autocorrelation as a factor in community analyses. American Midland Naturalist 146(2):271-289.

Stein, J. and D. Edds. 2001. White perch and yellow bass range extensions into Kansas. The Prairie Naturalist 32(4):249-252.

Jeffrey, J.D. and D.R. Edds. 1999. Spring movements and spawning habitat of sauger (Stizostedion canadense) in a small midwestern USA reservoir. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 14(3): 385-397.

Edds, D.R. 1998. Geographic distribution - Testudines: Kachuga tecta (Indian Roofed Turtle); Kachuga smithii smithii (Brown Roofed Turtle); and Kachuga tentoria flaviventer (Yellowbelly Indian Tent Turtle). Herpetological Review 29:109.

Jeffrey, J.D. and D.R. Edds. 1997. A global positioning system for aquatic surveys. Fisheries 22(12):16-20.

Obermeyer, B.K., D.R. Edds, C.W. Prophet and E.J. Miller. 1997. Freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae) in the Verdigris, Neosho, and Spring River basins of Kansas and Missouri, with emphasis on species of concern. American Malacological Bulletin 14(1):41-55.

Wilkinson, C., D. Edds, J. Dorlac, M.L. Wildhaber, C.J. Schmidt, and A. Allert. 1996. Neosho madtom distribution and abundance in the Spring River. The Southwestern Naturalist 41:78-81.

Shipman, P.A., D.R. Edds, and L.E. Shipman. 1995. Distribution of the alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) in Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science: 98: 83-91.

Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1996. Seasonal variation of riffle and pool fish assemblages in a short mitigated stream reach. The Southwestern Naturalist 41:299-306.

Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1995. An artificial riffle as restored habitat for the threatened Neosho madtom. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 15:499-503.

Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1994. Seasonal variation in habitat use by the Neosho madtom (Teleostei:Ictaluridae: Noturus placidus). The Southwestern Naturalist 39:217-223.

Fuselier, L. and D. Edds. 1994. Habitat partitioning among three sympatric species of map turtles, genus Graptemys. Journal of Herpetology 28:154-158.

Morrissey, J.R. and D.R. Edds. 1994. Metal pollution associated with a landfill: concentrations in water, sediment, crayfish, and fish. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 97:18-25.

Pfingsten, D.G. and D.R. Edds. 1994. Reproductive traits of the Neosho madtom, Noturus placidus (Pisces:Ictaluridae). Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 97:82-87.

Mahato, M. and D. Edds. 1993. Altitudinal distribution of odonate larvae in Nepal's Gandaki River. Odonatologica 22:213-221.

Edds, D.R. 1993. Fish assemblage structure and environmental correlates in Nepal's Gandaki River. Copeia 1993:48-60.

Edds, D.R. and A.A. Echelle. 1989. Genetic comparisons of hatchery and natural stocks of small endangered fishes: Leon Springs pupfish, Comanche Springs pupfish, and Pecos gambusia. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:441-446.

Echelle, A.F., A.A. Echelle, and D.R. Edds. 1989. Conservation genetics of a spring-dwelling desert fish, the Pecos gambusia (Gambusia nobilis, Poeciliidae). Conservation Biology 3:159-169.

Matthews, W.J., L.G. Hill, D.R. Edds, and F.G. Gelwick. 1989. Influence of water quality and season on habitat use by striped bass in a large southwestern reservoir. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 118:243-250.

Matthews, W.J., L.G. Hill, D.R. Edds, J.J. Hoover, and T.G. Heger. 1988. Trophic ecology of striped bass, Morone saxatilis, in a freshwater reservoir (Lake Texoma, USA). Journal of Fish Biology 33:273-288.

Echelle, A.A., A.F. Echelle, and D.R. Edds. 1987. Population structure of four pupfish species (Cyprinodontidae: Cyprinodon) from the Chihuahuan desert region of New Mexico and Texas: allozymic variation. Copeia 1987:668-681.

Edds, D.R. 1987. Foods of some Nepalese fishes. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 11: 1-14.

Edds, D.R. 1986. Fishes of the Kali Gandaki/Narayani River, Nepal. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 10:13-22.

Edds, D.R. 1986. The fishes of Royal Chitawan National Park. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 10:1-12.

Edds, D.R. 1985. New records of fish species for Nepal. Journal of the Nepal Natural History Museum 9:41-46.

At Emporia State University, Dr. Edds has supervised the following master's theses: Tollefson, J. 2004. Spatial variation and environmental correlates of turtle assemblage structure in a Great Plains river ecosystem.

Combes, M. 2003. Mussel assemblages upstream from three Kansas reservoirs.

Gillette, D. 2002. Spatio-temporal patterns of fish assemblage structure and habitat use on gravel bars in the Neosho River, Lyon County, Kansas.

Sherraden, S. 2002. Mussel assemblages in a developing oxbow and a newly-cut channel of the Neosho River, Kansas.

Tiemann, J. 2002. Effects of low-head dams on fish and benthic invertebrate assemblage structure in the Neosho River, with comments on the threatened Neosho madtom, Noturus placidus.

Stein, J. 2001. Biology of nonindigenous white perch and yellow bass in an oxbow of the Missouri River.

Bulger, A. 1999. Population structure, habitat use and breeding behavior of the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus).

Hesting, V. 1997. Environmental correlates of cove fish assemblage structure in Melvern Lake, Kansas.

Wilkinson, C. 1997. Spatial pattern of fish assemblage structure and environmental correlates in the Spring River basin, with emphasis on the Neosho madtom (Noturus placidus).

Obermeyer, B. 1996. Unionidae (Bivalvia) of the Arkansas River system of SE Kansas and SW Missouri: species of concern, historical change, commercial harvest, and sampling methods. (co-major advisor Carl Prophet)

Jeffrey, J. 1995. Spring movements, regional fidelity, and spawning of sauger (Stizostedion canadense) in Melvern Reservoir, Kansas, and the Global Positioning System for aquatic surveys.

Fuselier, L. 1993. Habitat restoration and seasonal habitat use by Neosho madtoms (Noturus placidus), and spatio-temporal variation of fish assemblages in the Cottonwood River, Kansas.

Shipman, Paul. 1993. Alligator snapping turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) habitat selection, movements, and natural history in southeast Kansas.

Morrissey, J. 1991. Heavy metals in an intermittent stream below a landfill: concentrations in water, sediment, crayfish and fish.

Undergraduate research:

Undergraduate research is also promoted at Emporia State University. Dr. Edds has supervised numerous undergraduate research projects at ESU, including: Morphological variation in Badis badis from Nepal; Efficiency of baited minnow traps for catching small fishes in streams; Sex ratios of spawning Sockeye Salmon in Alaska; Zebra mussel dispersal from Marion Reservoir; The effect of reservoir water releases on walleye CPUE; Wood Duck banding in Kansas; Red River Pupfish in Kansas; Diel differences in fish species richness on three substrates in Melvern Reservoir; Fish assemblages upstream vs. downstream from Big Hill Lake; Fishes and mussels of the Marais des Cygnes River; Monitoring fires in forested areas of Kansas national wildlife refuges; Growth of wipers in six Kansas reservoirs; Riffle insects in the Neosho River; Fish biodiversity in the Spring River; Estimating fish population densities in the Cottonwood River; Removal-depletion estimation of river fish population size; Electrofishing assessment of Cottonwood River fish populations; Fishery statistics of Browning Oxbow; Conservation status of freshwater mussels in southeast Kansas; Reproductive habits of the Neosho madtom; Diurnal-nocturnal assemblages of reef fishes on Dump Reef, San Salvador, Bahamas; Distribution of the timber rattlesnake in southeast Kansas; Recovery from injury in red-eared slider; Distribution and abundance of the Arkansas darter in Crooked Creek, southwest Kansas; and Bait preferences of semi-aquatic turtles in southeast Kansas.  Several of these have resulted in student presentations at meetings of scientific societies and/or publications in scientific journals.

Dr. Edds' CV (PDF file).