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Heather Fried


B.S. 2001. Eastern Connecticut State University,
Biology (major), Chemistry (minor)

"Piloplop", artwork courtesy of Skylar Fried, age 8.
Copyright © 2001

All photos or artwork on this page, except where noted are property of Heather Fried.
If you would like to use any of the pictures please request permission.

Contact Information:

Heather Fried, CV link
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
The University of Connecticut,
75 N. Eagleville Road, Unit 3043, Storrs, CT 06269-3043

Tel:+01 (860) 287-1553,
Fax: +01 (860) 486-6364,

Advisor:Eric Schultz
Schultz Grad Students:
Lori Hosaka LaPlante
Joe Pereira

Eric Schultz and Heather Fried
Ocean Beach, New London, CT

BioBlitz 2003

Research Interests:

Atlantic Tomcod (Microgadus tomcod) and Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax)

I am currently conducting research focused on identifying the distribution and abundance of two anadromous species, Atlatic tomcod and rainbow smelt. Both species have been in decline during the last 3 decades, however due to their moderate recreational interest and complete absence from commercial fisheries in the area, the steady decline of both species went largely undocumented. Our present research attempts to identify the extent to which that decline has proceeded and identify habitat that maybe critical for developing a conservation plan. If you are interested in learning more about our preliminary results, e-mail me. I would be happy to tell you more!

Atlantic Tomcod (Microgadus tomcod)

Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax)
The above pictures are copies of the original chromolithographs made by Sherman Foote Denton for the New York State Fish and Game Commission annual reports from 1895 to 1907. To see more of Mr. Dentons artwork and to learn more about his interests in natural history, please visit the Denton Family Geneology page. The above images are used with the written permission of Sue Montgomery-Cook.

Web Design

While academic researchers frequently publish articles in peer reviewed journals, they are not easily accessible and often difficult to read, preventing use and understanding by the general public. With the current global market provided by the Internet making research accessible and informative for the general public, use of this unprecedented audience access should become a critical step for every researcher. To this end, I recently helped Dr. Robert Whitlatch, UCONN - Marine Sciences, to design a basic website that would allow the presentation of information on his long-term research into benthic population dynamics in shallow coastal estuaries and could be expanded as needed in the future without changing the basic design. While the site was designed for academic use, I tried to incorporate design ideas, basic graphs and pictures, and text terminology that would allow interested individuals to learn more about marine invertebrates. I no longer maintain the site, but to view the original design click here.

Ciona intestinalis - a solitary tunicate


Other Interests:

Amphibians (Frogs, Toads, Salamanders and Newts)

I spent time studying anuran (frogs and toads) amphibians while I was and undergraduate. During the summer of 1998, I participated in a joint survey effort between the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (CT-DEP) and the Connecticut Amphibian Monitoring Project (CAMP) to determine the presence and distribution of anuran deformities within the state of Connecticut. If you are interested in seeing the results of this survey please e-mail me or you can look at the highlights.

Presently, I am the site coordinator for the Mansfield-Hedgehog monitoring block for the 15 year CAMP. This job includes conducting night road surveys for amphibians and cover searches of appropriate habitat during the spring - fall activity season in Connecticut. This year we will be implementing a new larval surveying technique, to be tested during our 1st Annual Larvalpalooza, designed to increase our detection of rare and cryptic species uncensused during road and cover surveys.

If you are interested in helping out with this survey or would like the location of a site near you that needs monitoring, please contact me or Hank Gruner at the Science Center of Connecticut in West Hartford.

Volunteers from the Kellog Environmental Center helping collect frogs at the Derby/Ansonia CAMP block.


A few of the frogs found during
the 1998 survey

© Heather Fried 2001



Unionids (Freshwater Mussels)

I am also interested in the historical and present distribution of freshwater mussels (Family Unionidae) in Connecticut. While there is currently much interest in the potentially disasterous effects of the zebra mussel invasion on the 297 species of unionids found throughout North America, there is very little published information on the historical and present distribution of many of these species. Currently species that are listed as threatened or endangered have received the most attention, however, it is critical for the continued persistance of all unionid species that we understand the distribution, biology and ecology associated with each species

Picture courtesy of M. Christopher Barnhart © 2001


Unionid Info: Here are links to some pages representative of the information avaiable online.

Great Plains Nature Center - Unionid Page - good information for the lay person.

The Unio Gallery at Southwest Missouri State Univeristy - this is one of the best pages on unionid biology. The pictures are fabulous too!


I started fishing when I was five years old, and still love to fish when I have the time. Between education and family it has become difficult, but...

I do participate in the annual "Cross Family Competition" held annually (and sometimes biannually) between June and September on Long Island Sound. This past year (2002) I was badly beaten in June, but held my own in August. The nice thing about our trips however is knowing the fish we catch are released unharmed, and will hoepfully live a long life. Catch and release fishing ensures healthy fish stocks, and just makes sense. Please release fish when fishing for recreation.

Our Guide Extrodinaire Capt. Dan Wood, myself
and a beautiful false albacore- (Sept. 2000)

My father, Dave Cross, and me - (July 2001)

"The Cross Family Competition-
Where the Men are Tough, but the Women Catch MORE Fish (hopefully)!"


Yes, when I can find the time in my busy schedule to sew I like to make quilts. Recently I have become hooked on making whimsical pillows for my children. Some of my past quilting activities have involved making quilts for charity. If you have considered making a quilt for charity, I encourage you to do so. The emotional reward for the quilter is wonderful and the results for your chosen charity can be immeasurable.

Thanks! Come Again.

Thanks for visiting my site. If you have any further questions or would like to provide feedback on the site, please e-mail me.

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