- Environment and Sustainability
Jim Diana's research interest has focused on the energetics of fish. He is best known for his work on northern pike, which has elucidated the behavioral ecology and production of natural pike populations. He has worked extensively on behavior and ecology of other temperate fishes, including muskellunge, brown trout, lake sturgeon, yellow perch, largemouth bass, and alewives. Since 1983 he has been involved in studies of extensive aquaculture systems in southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. The focal point for all of these studies is understanding of the energy accumulation and use of fishes, either in natural populations or in controlled aquaculture systems. A secondary focus has been the conservation of natural resources, either through work on endangered species such as the Paiute trout and lake sturgeon, or through the understanding of ecologically sensitive aquaculture practice.