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Tennessee Research Activities

Research Technician Ben Davis measuring water velocity at a mussel bed

The Tennessee Unit resides at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville between the Tennessee River and Cumberland River. Tennessee is home to one of the most diverse freshwater fish and mussel communities in the world, including numerous imperiled species. The Tennessee and Cumberland river systems have more than 30 impoundments ranging from coldwater, oligotrophic systems to warmwater, eutrophic systems, each with important sport fisheries. In addition, many impoundments also support popular coldwater tailwater fisheries. Tennessee also has thousands of miles of free-flowing streams and small rivers. With this overwhelming diversity of aquatic fauna and resources in Tennessee, the Unit does not lack for research topics.

Tennessee Active Projects

Tennessee Completed Projects

Tennessee Peer Reviewed 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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Tennessee 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.
  • Ivasauskas, T. 2014. Biotic integrity, water quality, and the recreational fishery in the Caney Fork River below Center Hill Dam, 2009-2012. Final Report to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District. 190 pp. | Download |
  • 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.
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Tennessee Theses and Dissertations

  • Laske, S.M. 2017. Surface water connectivity of Arctic lakes drives patterns of fish species richness and composition, and food web structure. PhD dissertation, University of Alaska Fairbanks. 171 pp.
  • Ridgway, J.L. 2016. Sampling and Population Characteristics of Bighead Carp and Silver Carp in the Tennessee and Cumberland River Systems. MS Thesis, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville. 66 pages Download
  • Lueckenhoff, L. 2015. Development of standardized visual sampling methods for assessing community metrics of unionoid mussel species and tribal groups in Missouri. M.S. thesis submitted to the University of Missouri School of Natural Resources. Columbia, MO.
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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