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Missouri Theses and Dissertations

  • Holtswarth, J.N. 2019. Assessing the transferability of a freshwater mussel habitat model within the Ozark Ecoregion, Missouri. M.S. Thesis, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN.
  • Pherigo, E. Seasonal fish community and reproductive biology of fishes in two tributaries of the lower Missouri River, USA. M. S. Thesis, University of Missouri.
  • Pierce, L. Conservation Biogeography of Lotic Fishes in the Missouri and Colorado River Basins. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri.
  • Chilton, T.J. 2019. Habitat associations and distributions of endemic crayfish in the Meramec River Drainage. M.S. Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia.
  • Baebler, E. 2018. Habitat selection and movement by Spotted Bass and Shorthead Redhorse downstream of a hydropeaking dam in Missouri. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri
  • Morris, W. 2018. Determining electrofishing immobilization thresholds of Smallmouth Bass, Flathead Catfish, and Blue Catfish. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri
  • Mott, R. 2017. Thermal Preferences and Water Quality Tolerances of the endangered Topeka shiner. Master's Thesis Submitted to the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Schrum, M. 2017. Development of standardized and validated visual sampling methods for assessing population metrics and recruitment of rare and threatened mussel species in Missouri. M.S. Thesis Submitted to the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Laske, S.M. 2017. Surface water connectivity of Arctic lakes drives patterns of fish species richness and composition, and food web structure. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 171 pp.
  • Schepker, T.J. 2017. Evaluating the relationship between local food availability and wetland landscape structure in determining dabbling duck habitat use during spring migration. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Hidden, B.H. 2016. Linking waterfowl distribution and abundance to spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of wetland habitat. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Boehm, H.I.A., 2016, Identifying recruitment bottlenecks for age-0 walleye in northern Wisconsin Lakes. M.S. Thesis. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
  • O'Daniels, S.T. 2016. Light reflectance patterns of decayed wood with implications for the visual ecology of woodpeckers. University of Missouri. Master's Thesis.
  • Lueckenhoff, L. 2015. Development of standardized visual sampling methods for assessing community metrics of unionoid mussel species and tribal groups in Missouri. M.S. thesis submitted to the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources. Columbia, MO.
  • Jake Faulkner, M.S., 2015. Thesis: Multi-scale Resource Selection of Ninagua Darters in the Osage River basin, Missouri
  • Joe Gerken, Ph.D, 2015. Dissertation: Fish and Invertebrate Community Response to Flow Magnitude in the Kansas River
  • Nick Sievert, M.S., 2014. Thesis: As Assessment of Stream Fish Vulnerability and an Evaluation of Conservation Networks in Missouri
  • Haynes, T. December, 2014. Biotic and abiotic influences on the use of Arctic lakes by fish and loons. PhD Dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK.
  • Foley, K. May 2014. Longitudinal distribution patterns and habitat associations of juvenile coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch in tributaries of the Little Susitna River, Alaska. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK.
  • Tapp, J.L. 2013. Waterbird use and food availability on wetlands enrolled in the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. M.S. thesis, University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Fowler, D. N. 2013. Evaluating abiotic influences on soil salinity of inland managed wetlands and agricultural fields in a semi-arid environment. M.S. Thesis, Louisiana State University.
  • Jason Harris, M.S., 2013. Thesis: Habitat selection, movement, and home range of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) following a habitat enhancement project in Table Rock Lake, Missouri
  • Dinges, A.J. 2013. Participation in the Light Goose Conservation Order and Effects of Behavior and Distribution of Waterfowl in the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska. Thesis, University of Missouri - Columbia Download
  • Gutsch, M. December 2012. Identification and characterization of juvenile coho salmon overwintering habitats and early spring outmigration in the Anchor River watershed, Alaska. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK.
  • Hoem Neher, T. December 2012. The influence of estuarine and early marine habitats on the expression of life history characteristics of coho salmon smolts in southcentral Alaska. PhD Dissertation, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. A.E. Rosenberger, advisor.
  • Jonathan Spurgeon, M.S. 2012. Thesis: Translocation of humpback chub (Gila cypha) and food-web dynamics in Grand Canyon National Park tributary streams
  • Jason Fischer, M.S. 2012. Thesis: Effects of sand dredging on fish and fish habitat in a large river
  • Lueckenhoff, R. W. 2011. Morphological variation between juvenile white bass and juvenile hybrid striped bass. M.S. Thesis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Download
  • Ayers, S. 2010. Species status and ecology of Salvelinus in the Brooks Range of North America, with emphasis on Angayukaksurak Char (Salvelinus anaktuvukensis). Master’s Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. A.E. Rosenberger, advisor.
  • Andrea Severson, M. S. 2010. Thesis: Effects of zebra mussel invasion in fish and invertbrates in a Great Plains reservoir
  • Olmstead, V.G. 2010. Evaluation of management strategies on moist-soil seed availability and depletion on Wetland Reserve Program sites in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. MS Thesis, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR.
  • Tidwell, P.R. 2010. Effects of wetland density and area on nutrient reserves, lipid acquisition and diet of dabbling ducks migrating through the Rainwater Basin of Nebraska. MS Thesis, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR.
  • Mansfield, K.S. 2010. Lake correlates of stocked fish productivity in interior Alaska. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. A.E. Rosenberger and T. Sutton, co-advisors.
  • South-Wirth, L. 2010. Fall chum distribution and spawning habitat preferences in the Upper Tanana River. M.S. Thesis, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK. A.E. Rosenberger and J. Margraf, co-advisors.
  • Mackenzie Shardlow, M.S. 2009. Thesis: Factors affecting detectability and distribution of the North American river otter
  • Wes Bouska, M.S., 2008. Thesis: Road crossings design and their impacts on fish assemblages and geomorphology of Great Plains streams
  • Josh Schloesser, M.S. 2008. Thesis: Large river fish community sampling strategies and fish associations to engineered and natural river channel structures
  • Kristen Pitts, M.S. 2008. Thesis: Assessing threats to native fishes in the Lower Colorado River Basin
  • Jeff Eitzmann, M.S. 2008. Thesis: Spatial habitat variation in a Great Plains river: effects on the fish assemblage and food web structure
  • Jesse Fischer, M.S. 2007. Thesis: Structural organization of Great Plains stream fish assemblages: implications for sampling and conservation
  • Jachowski, D. S. 2007. Resource selection by black-footed ferrets in relations to the spatial distribution on prairie dogs. Masters Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia. 61pp.
  • Andrew Makinster, M.S. 2006. Thesis: Population dynamics of flathead catfish in the Kansas River
  • Tracy-Smith EK. 2006. Relation of Missouri River flows to sandbar morphology with implications for selected biota. MS Thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia. Download
  • Rosenberger, A. E. 2003. Multi-scale habitat use patterns by Roanoke logperch (Percina rex) in Virginia's rivers: a comparison among populations and over ontogeny. PhD Dissertation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Rosenberger, A.E. 1997. Potential of wetland tributaries as refugia for endangered fishes from nonnative predation: a case study of Lake Nabugabo, Uganda. Master’s thesis submitted to the Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • Keiter, A.E. 1994. A cladistic analysis of the subfamily Bryconinae. Undergraduate senior thesis submitted to the Department of Environmental Studies, Simon’s Rock College of Bard, Great Barrington, MA.
  • Galat, D. L. 1982. Primary production as a predictor of potentil fish production: application to Pyramid Lake, Nevada. PhD dissertation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. 157pp.
  • Drobney, R. D. 1977. The feeding ecology, nutrition and reproductive bioenergetics of wood ducks. PhD Dissertation, University of Missouri, Columbia. 170pp.
  • Rabeni, C. F. 1977. Benthic invertebrate communities of the Penobscot River Maine, with special reference to their role as water quality indicators. PhD Dissertation, University of Maine, Orono.
  • Galat, D. L. 1974. A comparative assessment of several biotic and diversity measures applied to aquatic macroinvertebrates to evaluate their responses to organic pollution. MS thesis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins. 167pp.
  • Drobney, R. D. 1973. Habitat utilization by prairie chickens in relation to land-use practices in Benton County, Missouri. MA thesis, University of Missouri, Columbia. 92pp.
  • Rabeni, C. F. 1971. The ecology of benthic stream invertebrates in Mink Creek, Idaho. MS thesis, Idaho State University, Pocatello.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 75

Presentations: 250


Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Missouri Department of Conservation
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Missouri
  5. Wildlife Management Institute