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Dr. Mark Rogers

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


  • Ph D University of Florida 2007
  • MS University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2002
  • BS North Carolina State University 1997


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.

Research Interests

My research interests include fisheries ecology and management, population dynamics, and ecological modeling. I have studied fisheries in sub-tropical and temperate lakes and reservoirs, the Laurentian Great Lakes, and Australian rivers.

Research Publications

  • Kao, Y-C., M.W. Rogers, D.B. Bunnell. 2017. Evaluating stocking efficacy in an ecosystem undergoing oligotrophication. Abstract | 
  • Deines, A.M., D.B. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers, and ten coauthors. 2017. The contribution of lakes to global inland fisheries harvest. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(6):293-298. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1503
  • Kraus, R.T., C.S. Vandergoot, P.M. Kocovsky, M.W. Rogers, H.A. Cook, T.O. Brenden. 2017. Reconciling catch differences from multiple fishery independent gill net surveys. Fisheries Research 188:17-22. Abstract | 
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Completed Projects


  • Fish and Wildlife Biometrics (2018)
  • Reservoir Ecology and Management (2017)

Tennessee Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Mark RogersProposal Reviewer - Great Lakes Fishery Commission (July 2017 - August 2017)
  • Mark RogersReviewer - North American Journal of Fisheries Management (June 2017 - June 2017)
  • Mark RogersReviewer - Fisheries Research (December 2016 - May 2017)
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Technical Publications

  • Kraus, R.T., C.K. Knight, A.M. Gorman, P.M. Kocovsky, B.C. Weidel, M.W. Rogers. 2016. Developing Fish Trophic Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes. Final Report to the Department of Interior Northeast Climate Change Center and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. IP-075680.
  • Rogers, M.W., J.A. Kerns, D.B. Bunnell, R.M. Claramunt, P.D. Collingsworth. 2013. Exploring Life History Characteristics of Naturalized Versus Stocked Chinook Salmon. A Final Report submitted to the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. IP-061637.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 2

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 7

Scientific Publications: 42

Presentations: 85


Contact Information

Tel: (931) 372 - 3032

Current Students

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