Dr. Lusardi is an aquatic research ecologist and applied conservation biologist at the Center for Watershed Sciences and is Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at the University of California, Davis. He is also the California Trout Coldwater Fish Scientist. Rob is broadly interested in stream ecology and food web dynamics of rivers 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, and the status and conservation of salmonids throughout California.