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Dr. Steve Chipps

Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor


  • Ph D University of Idaho 1997
  • MS West Virginia University 1992
  • BS Davis & Elkins College 1989


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.).

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the feeding ecology and bioenergetics of fishes. My students and I use quantitative tools such as energy budgets, diet analysis, stable isotopes, and foraging models to help address fisheries management questions.

Teaching Interests

I teach graduate-level courses in Aquatic Trophic Ecology and Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates at South Dakota State University.

Professional Society Service

  • Other - President (September 2017 - September 2018)
  • American Fisheries Society - Chair, Continuing Education Committee, Dakota Chapter (September 2004 - October 2017)
  • American Fisheries Society - Past President - Education Section (September 2011 - September 2013)
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Research Publications

  • Selch, T.M., S.R. Chipps, B.G. Blackwell, and R.P. Hanten. Influence of Season, Sex, Age and Diet Composition on Mercury Concentration in Walleye Sander vitreus. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 77:336-343.
  • J.M. Voorhees, M.E. Barnes, S.R. Chipps, and M.L. Brown. Effects of Exercise and Bioprocessed Soybean Meal Diets during Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) rearing. The Open Biology Journal 7:1-13.
  • J.M. Voorhees, M.E. Barnes, S.R. Chipps, and M.L. Brown. Bioprocessed soybean meal replacement of fishmeal in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) diets. Cogent Food and Agriculture 5:1579482.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Independent Study (2019)
  • Independent Study (2019)
  • Independent Study (2018)
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South Dakota Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Steve ChippsSpecial Committee, American Fisheries Society (February 2011 - April 2011)
  • Steve ChippsMember, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey (February 2008 - February 2008)
  • Steve ChippsMember, South Dakota Academy of Science Steering Committee (April 2007 - April 2007)
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South Dakota University Committees and Workgroups

  • Steve ChippsGraduate Curriculum committee (January 2016 - May 2016)
  • Steve ChippsEnvironmental Science and Biology Seminar committee (January 2009 - July 2011)
  • Steve ChippsDepartment Representative, Library Committee (June 2000 - January 2011)
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Technical Publications

  • Kientz, J. 2016. Survival, abundance and relative predation of wild rainbow trout in the Deerfield Reservoir system. Final Report, Project F-15-R, Study 1525, South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks, Pierre, SD
  • Deslauriers, D., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, and R.A. Klumb. 2015. Development and application of a spatially-explicit model for estimating growth of age-0 Pallid Sturgeon in the Missouri River. Final report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Nebraska, 169 pp.
  • Heironimus, L.B., S.R. Chipps, B.D.S. Graeb, R.A. Klumb. 2015. Development and application of a larval Pallid Sturgeon bioenergetics model. Final report submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District, Omaha, Nebraska, 69 pp.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 119


Contact Information

Tel: (605) 688 - 5467

Current Students

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