My primary research interest is stream trout ecology. Trout research is filled with a myriad of studies aiming to model population-level characteristics such as fish movement, growth, and response to environmental change. These models often do not incorporate fish behavior, a variable that can be highly plastic and is influenced by genetics, social learning, and the environment. As such, the models sometimes fall short of predicting reality. My research aims to bridge the gap between individual behaviors and populations. I am particularly interested in how a better understanding of fish behavior can inform management of populations under future climate change scenarios.
2006-2010: Bachelor of Science, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia DoubleMajor: Environmental Studies and Biology
Honors Thesis: Brook Trout Use Individual Recognition and Transitive Inference to Determine Social Rank
Publications White, S. L., Wager, T., Gowan, C. & Braithwaite, V.A. 2016. Can personality predict individual differences in brook trout spatial learning ability? Behavioural Processes Online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2016.08.009
White, S.L., D. J. Orth. 2014. Reproductive biology of Clinch dace (Chrosomus sp. cf. saylori). Southeastern Naturalist 13 (4): 735-743.
White, S.L., D. J. Orth. 2014. Distribution and habitat correlations of Clinch dace (Chrosomus sp. cf. saylori). American Midland Naturalist 171 (2): 311-320.
White, S. L., C. Gowan. 2014. Social learning enhances search image acquisition in foraging brook trout. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97 (5): 523-528.
White, S.L., D. J. Orth. 2013. Ontogenetic and comparative morphology of Clinch dace (Chrosomus sp. cf. saylori). Copeia 2013 (4): 750-756.
White, S. L., C. Gowan. 2013. Brook trout use individual recognition and transitive inference to determine social rank. Behavioral Ecology 24 (1): 63-69.
White, S. L., C. Gowan, K. D. Fausch, J. G. Harris, and W. C. Saunders. 2011. Response of trout populations in five Colorado streams two decades after habitat manipulation. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68 (12): 2057-2063.
2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
2014 University Graduate Fellow, Pennsylvania State University Herbert J. Bailey Endowed Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University Robert W. Graham Endowed Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University
2013 Outstanding Master’s Student, Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment Outstanding Master’s Student, Virginia Tech Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
2012 John Skinner Memorial Award, National Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Burd Sheldon McGinnes Graduate Fellowship, Virginia Tech Robert Ross Graduate Scholarship, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Most Outstanding Member, Virginia Tech Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
2011 John Skinner Memorial Award Honorable Mention, National Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Best Student Paper, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
2010 William Neal Cunningham Memorial Scholarship for Field Biology, Randolph-Macon College John Werner Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship, Randolph-Macon College Robert Jenkins Undergraduate Scholarship, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Phi Beta Kappa (Academic Honor Society) Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honor Society) Best Student Paper, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
2009 Excellence in Biological Research, Randolph-Macon College Chi Beta Phi (Science Honor Society) Beta Beta Beta (Biological Honor Society) Robert Jenkins Undergraduate Scholarship, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Best Student Paper, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
2008 Best Student Paper, Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society
Shannon White Department of Ecosystem Science and Management 413 Forest Resources Building Penn State University University Park PA 16802, USA E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org