Allison's latest article on her favourite research species (for the time being!) is entitled Management of anadromous lampreys: Common threats, different approaches, and was published on the Journal of Great Lakes Research.
This article identifies the main threats, management actions, and knowledge gaps of the ten anadromous lamprey species. Anadromous lampreys have a life cycle that begins and ends in freshwater after undergoing a middle oceanic phase: eggs hatch in freshwater, juveniles migrate to the ocean, juveniles mature in the ocean, and adults migrate back into freshwater to reproduce. This complex lifecycle adds to the susceptability of these fishes to stressors such as artificial barriers, reduced habitat availability, and water quality. The lack of recreational and commercial fisheries on many anadromous lampreys has created a paradigm where funding is unavailable to monitor and manage them. This has led to a general lack of awareness and scientific understanding for anadromous lampreys. It is antecipated that this article will help managers and researchers better address the threats to these species.
Allison Miller's PhD research focuses on the restorative management of the New Zealand lamprey, or kanakana, populations.