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Aaron Sundmark

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


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.

Research Interests

Currently working with Dr. Larry Gigliotti on his PhD, Aaron is studying the social and economic value of small fishing lakes across South Dakota. His research interests range from human dimensions to fisheries management, and from Midwestern lakes and rivers to mountain coldwater reservoirs and streams.

Research Publications

  • Sundmark, A. P. and C. A. Jennings. 2017. Influence of Lake Surface Area and Total Phosphorus on Annual Bluegill Growth in Small Impoundments of Central Georgia. Southeastern Naturalist 16(4):546-566.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 42

Presentations: 109


Contact Information


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