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Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor

Steven Chipps Unit Leader Tel: (605) 688 - 5467

I serve as the Unit Leader of the South Dakota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. My research interests include feeding ecology and energetics of fishes, and my students and I are currently working on trout management in the Black Hills, and pallid sturgeon ecology in the Missouri River. Originally from Virginia, I attended the University of Idaho (Ph.D.), West Virginia University (M.S.) and Davis & Elkins College (B.S.).

Dr. Larry Gigliotti, Assistant Unit Leader, Human Dimensions, SD CFWRU

Larry Gigliotti Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (605) 688 - 6717

Larry obtained his B.S. in biology (wildlife ecology) from Pennsylvania State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in human dimensions from Michigan State University. Larry is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and was a Certified Fisheries Scientist.

Banding a drake redhead near Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  Summer 2013.

Joshua Stafford Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (605) 688 - 5759

I received a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University (1997), and M.S. in Wildlife Science from South Dakota State University (2000), and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources (Wildlife) from Mississippi State University (2004). I served as the Director of the Illinois Natural History Survey's Forbes Biological Station from 2004-2011.

University Staff

Di Drake Tel: (605) 688 - 6123

Dept of NRM Office Supervisor

Terri Symens Tel: (605) 688 - 6122

Kate Tvedt - Administrative Assistant SDCFWRU

Kate Tvedt Tel: (605) 688 - 4785

Students and Post Docs

Sam Fino, PhD with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse.

Samantha Fino

Sam is from southwestern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology in 2015. She went on to receive her MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University in 2017 where she studied the effect of the small mammal community on spatiotemporal distributions of blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease prevalence on Fort Drum Military Installation, NY. During her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she participated in various projects, such as those that involved bioenergetics for wintering black ducks, mesocarnivore occupancy, fawn mortality, and monitoring the movements of black rhinos in South Africa. Currently, Sam is working towards a PhD researching waterfowl nestling survival and predator community ecology with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University.

Austin Galinat, M.S. Student with Dr. Steven Chipps

Austin Galinat

Austin is from Rapid City, South Dakota and received his BS degree from South Dakota State University. Before beginning graduate studies, Austin worked as a Fisheries Research Technician with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. His primary duties included trout population assessments and habitat restoration in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Austin is currently working on his master’s degree, evaluating the role of mink predation on brown trout abundance and size structure in Rapid Creek, SD with Dr. Steve Chipps.

Will Gallman - Dr. Josh Stafford's M.S. Student

Will Gallman

Will is from North Carolina and received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University in 2017. During his undergraduate career he interned with Clemson’s James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetland Conservation Center and with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Will is working on his M.S. degree evaluating the use of cover crops for grassland nesting waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota with Dr. Josh Stafford.

Rebecca Kolstrom - M.S. student with Dr. Larry Gigliotti and Dr. Tammy Wilson

Rebecca Kolstrom

Rebecca grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Ecology. Before beginning her degree at SDSU, she worked throughout the Midwest and Northeast as an avian field technician for an environmental consulting company. Rebecca is currently working with Dr. Tammy Wilson and Dr. Larry Gigliotti on her M.S. degree to help standardize and optimize the bald eagle monitoring program in Southwest Alaska National Parks.

Joseph Mrnak - M.S. of Dr. Steven Chipps

Joseph Mrnak

I spent my childhood in the outdoors chasing waterfowl, musky, catfish, and turtles. I began working at a local marina at the age of 12, which further fostered my love for all things water. I received my B.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology along with a minor in GIS from Northland College in 2016. While in school I was able to work for the USFWS in Alaska, Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin, as well as the USGS on the beautiful Lake Superior. After graduating, I worked for the WIDNR at the Escanaba Lake Research Station where I was able to research the mixed walleye fishery as well as develop and implement a large river IBI function (R Studio) for the state. I am now working on my master's degree studying the effect of water velocity and temperature on energy reserves, growth, survival, and dispersal distance of larval pallid sturgeon.

Travis Rehm - Brown Trout

Travis Rehm

Travis grew up in western Montana and graduated from Montana State University in 2013 with a BS in Fish and Wildlife Management. Before beginning his MS project at SDSU, Travis worked with a variety of state and federal agencies, include Idaho, Montana, US Forest Service, and the US Geological Survey. An avid fly angler, Travis is working on his master's degree studying Brown Trout ecology in the Black Hills with Dr. Steve Chipps.

Alex Rosburg

Alex Rosburg

Originally from the town of Estherville, Iowa, near the Iowa Great Lakes, Alex grew up on some of the best fishing the state of Iowa has to offer. He completed his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science at SDSU in December 2013. Over the span of his undergraduate career, Alex worked for the Iowa DNR’s Aquatic Invasive Species Unit, the South Dakota GF&P, and as a fisheries research technician for multiple graduate students at SDSU. Alex is now working on his master’s degree studying growth potential and genetic diversity of yellow perch in South Dakota with Dr. Brian Blackwell and Dr. Steven Chipps.

Aaron Sundmark - PhD student with Dr. Larry Gigliotti<br />

Aaron Sundmark

Aaron grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. He received his BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University in 2012 while gaining valuable experience through summer internships with the South Dakota GFP. He went on to receive his MS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in 2015, where he studied the effects of lake morphometry and water quality on Bluegill growth in central Georgia impoundments. Currently, Aaron is working towards a PhD researching the human dimensions of small fishing impoundments across South Dakota under Dr. Larry Gigliotti in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University.

Jill Voorhees - M.S. student with Dr. Steve Chipps, Dr. Mike Brown, and Dr. Mike Barnes<br />

Jill Voorhees

Jill received her BS in Environmental Physical Science from Black Hills State University in 2011. She is currently working for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks as an Hatchery Assistant Manager at Cleghorn Springs SFH in Rapid City, SD. Jill is working on her master’s degree studying the impacts of fermented soybean replacement for fish meal in coldwater fishes diets and the impacts velocity has on soybean inclusions with Dr. Steve Chipps, Dr. Mike Brown, and Dr. Mike Barnes.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 138

 

Contact Us

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Brookings, SD 57007-1696 Phone: (605) 688 - 4785 Fax: (605) 688 - 4515 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Steven Chipps
Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor

I serve as the Unit Leader of the South Dakota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. My research interests include feeding ecology and energetics of fishes, and my students and I are currently working on trout management in the Black Hills, and pallid sturgeon ecology in the Missouri River. Originally from Virginia, I attended the University of Idaho (Ph.D.), West Virginia University (M.S.) and Davis & Elkins College (B.S.).

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute