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University of Florida, Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture

Doctor of Philosophy Degree: Forest Resources and Conservation, December 1984

Dissertation Research: Applied aspects of the thermal biology, ecology, and life history of the blue tilapia, Tilapia aurea (Pisces: Cichlidae)


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

Master of Science Degree: Fisheries and Wildlife, December 1980

Thesis Research: The life histories of four freshwater lampsiline mussels (Mollusca: Unionidae) in Big Moccasin Creek, Russell County, Virginia


University of Massachusetts, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management

Bachelor of Science Degree: Fisheries Biology, June 1978

Current Employment

Unit Leader (January 2002 to Present) and Affiliate Professor (December 2002 to Present); Assistant Unit Leader (January 1994 to December 2001) and Affiliate Associate Professor (January 1994 to December 2002); Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Biological Resources Division, USGS, Montana State University: Lead, coordinate, and administer an applied fisheries research program addressing topics and issues of concern to the State of Montana and the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Responsible for mission development and execution, proposal preparation, procurement and administration of research and administrative funds, coordination of joint research efforts with Unit cooperators, study design, scheduling, analyses, report preparation, supervision of data acquisition by field personnel, presentations to professional audiences, and publication of research findings.  Technical areas of special emphasis include restoration of native fishes, whirling disease, thermal ecology, population dynamics and effects of exotic fishes, and effects of environmental degradation on recreational salmonid fisheries. 

As Affiliate Professor at Montana State University I teach graduate courses and seminars in fisheries and aquatic sciences, guest lectures in a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, and thesis credits for my advisees.  I chair the graduate committees of my advisees and serve as a member of graduate committees of students advised by other faculty.  In addition to a varying number of graduate students, postdocs, and technicians, I supervise the Unit's Assistant Unit Leader and Administrative Officer.

Current Graduate Students

Bradley B. Shepard, Ph.D. candidate.  Factors that influence invasion of nonnative brook and rainbow trout and their interactions with native Yellowstone and westslope cutthroat trout

Leslie Bahn, M.S. candidate.  An assessment of losses of native fish to irrigation diversions on selected tributaries of the Bitterroot River, Montana
Ryan A. Harnish, M.S. candidate.  Efficacy of fish screens and irrigation canal siphons on Skalkaho Creek, Montana

Amber C. Steed, M.S. candidate.  Spatial dynamics of Arctic grayling in the Gibbon River system of Yellowstone National Park

Assistant Research Professor

Professional Affiliations

American Fisheries Society

American Fisheries Society--Montana Chapter

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists  

North American Benthological Society