Matthew V. Lauretta


Matt grew up in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona, and moved to Flagstaff in 1996 where he acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry at Northern Arizona University.  As an undergraduate researcher, he studied the ecology of pinion pine ecosystems at Sunset Crater National Monument, particularly the effect of insect infestation on the ecosystem and the isotope signatures of resistant and susceptible trees.    Over the last 5 years, Matt has studied threatened and endangered fishes in several rivers in Arizona and New Mexico including the Colorado, Pecos, and Gila Rivers and the Rio Grande.  The main focus of Matt’s research has been on native species in the Colorado River within Grand Canyon including the endangered humpback chub (Gila cypha).  Matt is currently a PhD student at the University of Florida, where his research focus involves the establishment of monitoring programs for fishes of several rivers along Florida’s Springs Coast, and creating trophic linkages between aquatic vegetative communities, food base, and fish communities.  Matt is interested in using stable isotope analyses to establish food web dynamics in these systems as well as develop methodologies for using trace element analyses to address issues related to fisheries management.