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Dr. Steven Chipps

Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor

Education

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

Biography

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-elect (December 2017 - December 2018)
  • American Fisheries Society - Past President - Education Section (September 2011 - September 2013)
  • American Fisheries Society - President - Education Section
    (September 2009 - September 2011)
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Research Publications

  • Deslauriers, D., A.J. Rosburg, and S.R. Chipps. 2017. Development of a foraging model framework to reliably estimate daily food consumption of young fishes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences DOI:10.1139/cjfas-2016-0031.
  • Deslauriers, D., L.A. Heironimus, T. Rapp, B.D.S. Graeb, R.A. Klumb, and S.R. Chipps. 2017. Growth potential of age-0 Pallid Sturgeon in the Missouri River: insight from an individual based model. Ecology of Freshwater Fish DOI:10.1111/eff.12337.
  • Deslauriers, D., L. Heironimus, and S.R. Chipps. 2016. Lethal thermal maxima for age-0 pallid and shovelnose sturgeon: implications for shallow water habitat restoration. River Research and Applications 32:1872-1878.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (2016)
  • Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates (2014)
  • Aquatic Trophic Ecology (2014)
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South Dakota Other Professional Positions and Memberships

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

  • Steven ChippsEnvironmental Science and Biology Seminar committee (January 2009 - July 2011)
  • Steven ChippsDepartment Representative, Library Committee (June 2000 - January 2011)
  • Steven ChippsMember, Department Curriculum Overview Committee (June 2009 - June 2009)
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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: 2

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 50

Presentations: 138

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