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Kevin Keretz


  • BA Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 2011


I am originally from southeast Pennsylvania, and I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania in 2011. While at Mansfield, I participated in assessments of impacts of woody debris, artificial habitat structures, and hooking mortality on wild trout populations; stream macroinvertebrate and fish inventories; channel catfish aquaculture; and stocked Muskellunge ecology. Research experiences were accompanied by a suite of employment opportunities during and after my time at Mansfield University. Time spent with the National Park Service (Yellowstone National Park), Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (Kenai, AK), Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station aided in my professional development and helped to define my research interests which include applied conservation biology, natural resource dynamics and economics, fish population analysis, fisheries ecology/management, and ecosystem structure. In 2014, I accepted a M.S. research assistantship position at Mississippi State University under advisor Dr. Hal Schramm. My thesis research is focused on determining the impact of ambient water temperature, livewell water temperature, and livewell dissolved oxygen concentration on the survival of angler- and tournament-caught Largemouth Bass. In addition to my thesis, I have been actively involved in a number of research projects being conducting through the Mississippi Cooperative Research Unit, and within the South Farm Aquaculture Facility at Mississippi State University. These and other experiences over the last several years helped to facilitate my understanding for fisheries conservation and management and have provided me with an excellent foundation of knowledge that can be used in my pursuit of becoming an agency/federal fisheries biologist in the near future.

Research Interests

fisheries science and management, fish ecology, predator prey analysis


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 66


Contact Information

Tel: (610) 841 - 6152

Mississippi Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
  2. Mississippi State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute