Byron Freeman

Senior Public Service Associate and Director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History
Graduate Program Faculty


Ph.D. – University of Georgia


In addition to being Director of the Georgia Museum of Natural History, Dr. Freeman is also on the Water Resources faculty and Conservation Ecology faculty.

Research Interests

The distribution and abundance of fishes endemic to southeastern systems, in the context of preserving species diversity, and function in streams and rivers increasingly affected by human population development; quantifying basin characteristics in southeastern watersheds harboring remnant endemic communities; systematics and taxonomy of southeastern freshwater fishes.

Selected Publications

Freeman, M. C., E. R. Irwin, N. M. Burkhead, B. J. Freeman and H. L. Bart, Jr.  2005.  Status and conservation of the fish fauna of the Alabama River system.  Pp. 557-585 In: J. N. Rinne, R. M. Hughes and R. Calamusso  (editors), Historical Changes in Large River Fish Assemblages of the Americas, American Fisheries Society Symposium 45, Bethesda, Maryland.

Roy, A. H., M. C. Freeman, B. J. Freeman, S. J. Wenger, W. E. Ensign and J. L. Meyer. 2005.  Investigating hydrologic alteration as a mechanism of fish assemblage shifts in urbanizing streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 24:656-678.

Walters, D. M., M. C. Freeman, D. S. Leigh, B. J. Freeman, and C. M. Pringle. 2005. Urbanization effects on fishes and habitat quality in a southern Piedmont river basin. In: L. R. Brown, R. M. Hughes, R. Gray and M. R. Meador (editors), Effects of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems, American Fisheries Society Symposium 47:0000, Bethesda, Maryland.

Roy, A.H., M.C. Freeman, B.J. Freeman, S.J. Wenger, J.L. Meyer, and W.E. Ensign. 2006. Importance of riparian forests in urbanizing watersheds contingent on sediment and hydrologic regimes.  Environmental Management vol 37:pp 523-539.

Reinert, T. R., C. A. Straight, B. J. Freeman.  2006.  Effectiveness of Antimycin-A as a toxicant for control of invasive Asian swamp. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, vol 26:pp949-952.

Storey, C. M., B. A. Porter, M. C. Freeman and B. J. Freeman.  2006.  Analysis of spawning behavior, habitat, and season of the federally threatened Etheostoma scotti, Cherokee darter (Osteichthyes: Percidae).  Southeastern Naturalist vol 5(3):pp 413-424.

Albanese, Brett, James T. Peterson, Byron J. Freeman and Deborah H. Weiler.  2007. Accounting for incomplete detection when estimating population site occupancy of bluenose shiner (Pteronotropis welaka) in southwest Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist vol 6(4):657-668.

Gabel, Jennifer M.  Elizabeth E. Dakin, Byron J. Freeman and Brady A. Porter. 2007.  Isolation and identification of eight microsatellite loci in the Cherokee darter (Etheostoma scotti) and their variability in other members of the genera Etheostoma, Ammocrypta, and Percina. Molecular Ecology Resources. DOI:10.1111/j.1471-8286.2007.01903.x.

Roy, A. H., B. J. Freeman and M. C. Freeman.  2007. Riparian influences on stream fish assemblage structure in urbanizing streams. Landscape Ecology 22:385-402.

Walters, David M., Mike J. Blum, Brenda Rashleigh, Byron J. Freeman, Brady A. Porter, and Noel M. Burkhead.  2007.  Red shiner invasion and hybridization with blacktail shiner in the upper Coosa River, USA.  Biological Invasions.  SpringerLink DOI10.1007/s10530-007-9198-6

Wenger, Seth J., James T. Peterson, Mary C. Freeman, Byron J. Freeman, and D. David Homans. 2008 Stream fish occurrence in response to impervious cover, historic land use and hydrogeomorphic factors. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Vol. 65, 1250-1264.

Benton, Paul D., William E. Ensign and Byron J. Freeman. 2008 The effect of road crossings on fish movements in small Etowah basin streams. Southeastern Naturalist vol 7(2):301-310.