Montana aquatic ecologist calls for global action

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In a recent study in Science magazine, Clint Muhlfeld, a USGS research ecologist based in Glacier National Park, and fellow researchers warn that “many of the world’s trout species and lineages are endangered and some require immediate conservation efforts to reverse their precarious decline.”

In the years ahead, the chilly streams that sustain Northwest Montana’s prized native fish — as well as trout habitat worldwide — are predicted to grow increasingly tepid as a result of rising global temperatures, threatening the sensitive aquatic species with “global extinction” unless more conservation studies take place at a local and planetary scale.

That’s according to a recent study published in the esteemed research journal “Science Magazine,” whose lead author, Clint Muhlfeld, works as an aquatic ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Glacier Park field office based in Glacier National Park.