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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

  • DiStefano, R.J., J.T. Westhoff, C.J. Rice, and A.E. Rosenberger. In Press. Life history of the endemic crayfish Faxonius (Procericambarus) medius (Decapoda: Cambridae)(Faxon 1884) in Missouri, USA. Freshwater Crayfish.
  • Laske, S. M., A. E. Rosenberger, M. S. Wipfli, and C. E. Zimmerman. 2018. Generalist feeding strategies in Arctic freshwater fish: a mechanism for dealing with harsh environments. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 27: 767-784. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12391 (IP-088949)
  • 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)
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Tennessee Technical Publications

  • Schrum, M. C., and A. E. Rosenberger. 2018. An investigation of the cause of mussel population collapse, and the a current habitat suitability assessment in th eLittle Black River system, Carter, Ripley, and Butler counties, Missouri.
  • Dillard, J.G., A. Rosenberger, and E. Tracy-Smith. 2018. Still Hooked: Our First 50 Years. Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, ISBN 978-1-61600-518-4. | Download |
  • 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.
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Tennessee Theses and Dissertations

  • Mott, R. 2017. Thermal Preferences and Water Quality Tolerances of the endangered Topeka shiner. Master's Thesis Submitted to the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • Schrum, M. 2017. Development of standardized and validated visual sampling methods for assessing population metrics and recruitment of rare and threatened mussel species in Missouri. M.S. Thesis Submitted to the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • 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.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 5

Scientific Publications: 30

Presentations: 73


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