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Degree Program: Ph.D in Environmental & Conservation Sciences

Major Advisor: Dr. Craig Stockwell

Office: Geosciences 209




1993                B.S. Wildlife Biology/Zoology; Humboldt State University

2007                M.S. Environmental Science; University of Nevada, Las Vegas


Research interests

  • Invasive species
  • Endemic desert fish
  • Management of endangered species
  • Evolutionary ecology of fish
  • Toxicology

Thesis/ dissertation research

Examining the ecology, relationships, and evolutionary histories of refugial populations of Pahrump poolfish (Empetrichthys latos), an endangered Goodied fish from Nevada.  This species was salvaged from a spring in Southern Nevada prior to extirpation in the 1970’s, and now occurs only in remote and isolated refuge populations.  Life history descriptions as well as within and among population genetic diversity, and genetic structure (based on microsatellite DNA) are being used to elucidate characteristics of the several populations. These information will be relevant for development of more informed recovery actions for this species.

Awards and Honors

Phi Kappa Phi


Goodchild, S. and S. Gerstenberger 2010. Mercury Concentrations in Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) Collected from Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Nye County, Nevada. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol 2010 Jul 3. [Epub ahead of print].

Scoppettone, G, and S. Goodchild 2009.  Threatened Fish of the World: Moapa coriacea Hubbs and Miller, 1948 (Cyprinidae).  Env Biol Fish 86:339-340

Selected Presentations

Goodchild, S., G. Scoppettone, B. Hobbs, H. Hundt, and R. Andress.  2007.  The Ash Meadows Speckled Dace on the Edge:  Recovery Activities and Partnerships for a Desert Minnow.  American Fisheries Society 2007 Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

 Goodchild, S.  2005.  Piscivory and other impacts of non-native Blue tilapia (Oreochromis aureus) in Southern Nevada.  Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, Vol XXXVII.

 Hobbs, B. and S. Goodchild.  2005.  The Perilous Persistence of the Pahrump Poolfish. Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, Vol XXXVII.

Goodchild, S., A. Cook, C. Martinez, G. Clemmer, R. Haley, J. Heinrich, B. Hobbs, and J. Hutchings.  2004.  Nevada Area Report.  Proceedings of the Desert Fishes Council, Vol XXXV.


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