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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.

Research Publications

  • Bouska, K., A.E. Rosenberger, S.E. McMurray, G. Lindner, and K. Key. 2018. State-level freshwater mussel programs: current status and a research framework to aid in mussel management and conservation. Fisheries DOI:10.1002/fsh.10106. (IP-076251)

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 5

Scientific Publications: 30

Presentations: 77


Contact Information


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