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Dr. Dana Winkelman

Dana Winkelman-Unit Leader


  • Ph D University of Georgia 1994
  • BS University of Nevada, Reno
  • MS University of Nevada, Reno


I received my BS degree in biology in 1984 and my MS degree in Biology in 1987 at the University of Nevada, Reno. I received my PhD in zoology from the University of Georgia in 1994. I joined the Cooperative Research Unit program in 1998 as Assistant Unit Leader at the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. In 2003 I became the Unit Leader at the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

Research Interests

Fish population dynamics and fish biology

Teaching Interests

Population dynamics and population ecology

Professional Society Service

  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - President (February 2015 - February 2016)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry - Vice President, Rocky Mountain Chapter (February 2014 - February 2015)
  • American Fisheries Society - Member (July 1998 - December 2005)
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Research Publications

  • Fraser, G.S., K.R. Bestgen, D.L. Winkelman, and K.G. Thompson. Temperature-not flow-predicts native fish reproduction with implications for climate change. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 148:509-527. DOI: 10.1002/tafs.10151
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  • Avila, B.W., D.L. Winkelman, and E.R. Fetherman. Survival of Whirling Disease Resistant Rainbow Trout Fry in the Wild: A Comparison of Two Strains. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health 30:280-290.
    DOI: 10.1002/aah.10040
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  • Fraser, G.S., D.L. Winkelman, K.R. Bestgen, and K.G. Thompson. Submitted. Tributary Use by Flannelmouth and Bluehead Suckers in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Population Dynamics (online course) (2018)
  • Population Dynamics (2017)
  • Population Dynamics (2015)
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Colorado University Committees and Workgroups

  • Dana WinkelmanMember/Graduate Admissions Committee/ Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology/ Colorado State University (August 2003 - August 2012)
  • Dana WinkelmanChair/Graduate Research Committee/ Zoology/Oklahoma State University. (September 2001 - May 2003)
  • Dana WinkelmanMember/Graduate Research Committee,/Zoology,/Oklahoma State University (August 1999 - September 2001)

Technical Publications

  • Winkelman, D.L., Kevin Thompson, and James Terrell. 2005. The role of sediment size distribution and other microhabitat factors in the abundance and relative dominance of various T. tubifex lineages. Final Report to the Montana Water Center, Whirling Disease Initiative.Abstract |
  • Winkelman, D.L. and C. Sager. 2002. Evaluation of hybrid bluegill for use in urban recreational fisheries. Aid in Sportfish Restoration Final Report. F-41-R. 53pp.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 83

Presentations: 91

Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  2. Colorado State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute