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Dr. Mark Rogers, Unit Leader, Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit

Mark Rogers Unit Leader Tel: (931) 372 - 3032

I spent six years as a fisheries research biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center working on Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Erie after earning my PhD at the University of Florida. I started as the Unit Leader for the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit in December 2015.

Amanda Rosenberger

Amanda Rosenberger Assistant Unit Leader Website: http://www.therosenbergerlab.com/ Tel: (931) 372 - 3239

I serve as the Assistant Unit Leader of the Tennessee Fisheries Cooperative Research Unit. I am originally from Virginia, and my degrees are from Bard College at Simon's Rock, the University of Florida, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I have held positions with the U.S. Forest Service Boise Aquatic Sciences Laboratory, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Missouri Fisheries and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit.

University Staff

Thomas Flanagan

Tom joined the the Cooperative Fishery Research Unit in January, 2017 as a research technician. Tom earned his Bachelor's degree in fisheries from Lake Superior State University.

Betty Harris Tel: (931) 372 - 3094

Kristin Irwin Tel: (615) 3088094 -

MattBourbeuseMussel

Matt Schrum Tel: (931) 372 - 6355

Originally from SE Missouri, BS and MS from MU. MS thesis work focused on developing sampling protocols for freshwater mussel species in Missouri. Current project focuses on determining causes for decline and potential for reintroduction of mussels in the Little Black River, Missouri.

Students and Post Docs

Mussel survey in Abrams Creek with NPS staff and UTK faculty. May 2017

Aaron Coons

Originally from Ohio, Aaron graduated from Hocking College and Ohio University where his undergraduate research focused on acid mine drainage impacted streams. Aaron began a M.S. program here at TTU in August 2018 where his research will explore the life history, population status, and habitat selections of Longnose Darters (Percina nasuta) in the St. Francis River, Missouri.

Savannah Fernholz

Savannah grew up in Minnesota and earned her Bachelor's degree in fisheries at Iowa State University. Savannah entered the graduate program at Tennessee Tech in January, 2017. The focus of her thesis is Asian Carp in the Tennessee River and Cumberland River.

John Hargrove

I am a fisheries biologists focused on the application of genetic techniques to address management and conservation concerns

Jordan Holtswarth

In August 2017, I began my master’s degree at Tennessee Technological University with Dr. Amanda Rosenberger in the Department of Biology. Currently, my M.S. uses GIS and spatial analysis to assess the transferability of a freshwater mussel habitat suitability model developed in Missouri to predict locations where mussels can colonize and form mussel aggregations, termed ‘beds.’

Phillip Kacmar

Phillip grew up in central Wisconsin near the Dells. He got his Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He started his Master's at Tennessee Tech in January, 2017 evaluating the genetic composition of largemouth bass in Chickamauga Reservoir.

Kayla Key

Kayla received her BS from University of Tennessee Martin in 2012, a MS from University of Texas Tyler in 2015, and began her Ph.D. research in Fall 2015. Kayla's interests broadly involve landscape ecology, conservation, and management. Her project is part of a long term mussel conservation program in Missouri working with Missouri Department of Conservation. Her focus is conducting a conservation assessment and developing a long term monitoring program for mussel assemblages in the Meramec River Basin.

Kendall Moles

William with a Bighead Carp caught in Lake Barkley

William Wood Tel: (919) 810 - 6277

William grew up in North Carolina and earned his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked with the North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit snorkeling for Carolina Madtoms in the Tar and Neuse River basins before starting his Masters at Tennessee Tech in January 2018. His research focuses on monitoring and modeling the impact of Asian Carp invasion on sportfish and native fish communities in the Tennessee and Cumberland River basins. When he isn’t researching carp William enjoys cheering for NC State athletics, eating eastern North Carolina BBQ, Chick-Fil-A and surf fishing for Red Drum on the southern Outer Banks.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 7

Scientific Publications: 39

Presentations: 84

 

Contact Us

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cookeville, TN 38505-0001 Phone: (931) 372 - 3094 Fax: (931) 372 - 6257

Unit Leader

Mark Rogers
Dr. Mark Rogers, Unit Leader, Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit

I spent six years as a fisheries research biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center working on Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Erie after earning my PhD at the University of Florida. I started as the Unit Leader for the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit in December 2015.

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