David L. Galat, PhD

Associate Cooperative Professor (retired)

Fisheries and Wildlife

Contact Information

Email GalatD@missouri.edu
Phone 573-882-9426
Address 302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • Ph.D., 1982, Colorado State University


  • Large river ecology, native fish ecology and restoration ecology.

Research Summary

  • Galat’s collaborative science and education program focuses on ecology, management and restoration of large river-floodplain ecosystems. His research emphases how habitat and flow enhancement can contribute to improved recruitment of native river-floodplain fishes and other vertebrates. His science/education program encompasses three themes:
    1. Ecology and management of native, large-river fishes,
    2. Ecology and restoration of large rivers, and;
    3. Applying adaptive management to benefit large river-floodplain ecosystem science.
  • Current research and technical assistance projects include:
    • Ecology and management of native, large-river fishes – reproductive development of selected Macrhybopsis chubs in relation to environmental variables in the lower Missouri River; fish use of passage facility and seasonal wetland pools at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area; movement and habitat use of paddlefish in and near the Lower Osage River; effects of contaminants on reproductive success of shovelnose sturgeon (Co-adviser with Diana Papoulias, Ph.D.)
    • Ecology and restoration of large rivers – Assessment of Wetland Reserve Program wetland restoration efforts as measured by amphibian assemblage occupancy; assessing effectiveness of the Wetlands Reserve Program in Missouri through analysis of existing easement data and linkage to previous floodplain investigations; multi-scale analyses of historical and contemporary landscapes for best attainable ecological conditions along the Lower Missouri River; assessing the effects of conservation practices on aquatic biota of the Missouri River Basin (Co-adviser with Scott Sowa, Ph.D.)
    • Applying adaptive management to benefit large river-floodplain ecosystem science – Science support for the Upper Mississippi River System Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program (NESP); National Research Council Committee on Missouri River recovery and associated sediment management issues; Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, Independent Science Review Committee.

Selected Publications

  • Jacobson, R. B. and D. L. Galat. 2008.
    Design of a naturalized flow regime—an example from the Lower Missouri River, U.S.A. (PDF). Ecohydrology 1:81-104.
  • O’Donnell, T. K., C. Baffaut, and D. L. Galat. 2008.
    Predicting effects of best management practices on sediment loads to improve watershed management in the Midwest, U.S.A. (PDF). International Journal of River Basin Management. 6: 243-256.
  • O’Donnell, T. K., and D. L. Galat. 2008.
    Evaluating success criteria and project monitoring in river enhancement within an adaptive management framework (PDF). Environmental Management 41:90-105.
  • Galat, D. L. Forward. Pages i-iii. In Bergman, H. L. , A. M. Boelter, K. Parady, C. Fleming, T. Keevin, D. C. Latka, C. Korschgen, D. L. Galat, T. Hill, G. Jordan, S. Krentz, W. Nelson-Stastny, M. Olson, G. E. Mestl, K. Rouse, and J. Berkley. 2008.
    Research Needs and Management Strategies for Pallid Sturgeon Recovery (PDF). Proceedings of a Workshop held July 31–August 2, 2007, St. Louis, Missouri. Final Report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. William D. Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming, Laramie. 36 pp + appendices.
  • Galat, D. L., J. W. Barko, S. M. Bartell, M. Davis; B. L. Johnson, K. S. Lubinski, J. M. Nestler, and D. B. Wilcox. 2007.
    Environmental Science Panel Report: Establishing System-wide Goals and Objectives for the Upper Mississippi River System (PDF). NESP ENV Report 6. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island, St. Louis, and St. Paul Districts. 32 pp.
  • O’Donnell, T. K., and D. L. Galat. 2007.
    River Enhancement in the Upper Mississippi River Basin: Approaches Based on River Uses, Alterations, and Management Agencies (PDF). Restoration Ecology. 15: 538-549.
  • Wildhaber, M. L., A. J. DeLonay, D. M., Papoulias, D. L., Galat, R. B., Jacobson, D. G. Simpkins, P. J., Braaten, C. E., Korschgen, and M. J. Mac. 2007.
    A conceptual life-history model for pallid and shovelnose sturgeon (PDF): U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1315, 18 p.
  • Jacobson, R. B., and D. L. Galat. 2006.
    Flow and form in rehabilitation of large-river ecosystems: an example from the Lower Missouri River (PDF). Geomorphology. 77:249-269.
  • Galat, D. L., C.R. Berry, Jr., E. J. Peters, and R. G. White. 2005.
    Missouri River (PDF). Pages 427-480 in A. C. Benke and C. E. Cushing (editors). Rivers of North America. Elsevier, Oxford.
  • Galat, D. L., C. R. Berry, W. M. Gardner, J. C. Hendrickson, G. E. Mestl, G. J. Power, C. Stone, and M. R. Winston. 2005.
    Spatiotemporal patterns and changes in Missouri River fishes (PDF). Pages 249-291 in J. N. Rinne, R. M. Hughes, and B. Calamusso (editors). Historical changes in large river fish assemblages of the Americas. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 45, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Bernhardt, E. S., M.A. Palmer, J.D. Allan, G. Alexander, K. Barnas, S. Brooks, J. Carr, S. Clayton, C. Dahm, J. Follstad-Shah, D. Galat, S. Gloss, P. Goodwin, D. Hart, B. Hassett, R. Jenkinson, S. Katz, G. M. Kondolf, P. S. Lake, R. Lave, J.L. Meyer, T.K. O’Donnell, L. Pagano, B. Powell, and E. Sudduth. 2005.
    Synthesizing U. S. river restoration efforts (PDF). Science 308: 636-637.
  • Palmer, M. A. E.S. Bernhardt, J.D. Allan , P.S. Lake, G. Alexander, S. Brooks, J. Carr, S. Clayton, C. Dahm, J. Follstad Shah, D.L. Galat, S. Gloss, P. Goodwin, D.H. Hart, B. Hassett, R. Jenkinson, G.M. Kondolf, R. Lave, J.L. Meyer, T.K. O’Donnell, L. Pagano, P. Srivastava, E. Sudduth. 2005.
    Standards for ecologically successful river restoration (PDF). Journal of Applied Ecology. 42:208-217.
  • Dieterman, D. D., and D. L. Galat. 2004.
    Large-scale factors associated with sicklefin chub distribution in the Missouri and lower Yellowstone Rivers (PDF). Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 133:577-587.
  • Sargent, J. C., and D. L. Galat. 2002.
    Fish mortality and physicochemistry in a managed wetland along the lower Missouri River (PDF). Wetlands Ecology and Management 10:113-119.
  • Dugger, K. M., M. R. Ryan, D. L. Galat, R. B. Renken, and J. Smith. 2002.
    Reproductive success of the Interior least tern (Sterna antillarum) in relation to hydrology on the lower Mississippi River (PDF). River Research and Applications 18:97-106.
  • Galat, D. L., and I. Zweimьller. 2001.
    Conserving large-river fishes: is the highway analogy an appropriate paradigm? (PDF) Journal of the North American Benthological Society 20:266-279.
  • Galat, D. L., and R. Lipkin. 2000.
    Restoring the ecological integrity of great rivers: historical hydrographs aid in defining reference conditions for the Missouri River (PDF). Hydrobiologia 422/423:29-48.
  • Galat, D. L., and 16 coauthors. 1998.
    Flooding to restore connectivity of regulated, large-river wetlands (PDF). BioScience 48:21-33.