Cooperative Research Units
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Graduate students in the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TN CFRU) earn either a Master of Science degree in the Department of Biology or a PhD in Environmental Science. Annual stipends for research assistantships are competitive; all tuition and fees are waived. All graduate students must conduct research in addition to completing course work chosen in consultation with an advisory committee. All students in the TN CFRU are supported by research assistantships. Most students assist each other on their projects, thus increasing their research experience and opportunities. All students must deliver at least one seminar at the completion of their research, as well as complete a written thesis and successfully defend it in front of their advisory committee. Students frequently help write a technical final report to fulfill the requirements of the contracts that funded their research. Students usually are expected to give at least one talk about their research at a professional meeting. All students are encouraged to participate in professional societies and university functions.

Courses Taught

  • Reservoir Ecology and Management (Mark Rogers 2017)
  • Aquatic Community Ecology This class will cover our current understanding of organismal community ecology in Streams, lakes, and wetlands. We will discuss regional patterns in species diversity, species interactions, community structures, ecosystem processes, and disturbance and succession in these environments.

    (Amanda Rosenberger 2017)
  • Stream Ecology Ecological principles applied to flowing waters. Emphasis on ecological processes within algal, invertebrate and fish communities. The influence of geomorphic processes, hydrologic principles and physical-chemical factors on the biota. Covers current concepts, methods, and applications of landscape and community ecology in the study of fluvial ecosystems. Themes include scale and hierarchy theory, landscape processes, metapopulations, process domains, disturbance regimes, and ecosystem dynamics. (Amanda Rosenberger 2016)
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 11

Scientific Publications: 48

Presentations: 86

 

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Tennessee Technological University
  2. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey