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Research Interests

Ecology and management of aquatic macrophytes, recruitment dynamics of fishes, predator-prey interactions, age and growth of fishes, habitat selection of fishes.

 

Thesis project

The Suitability of Water Willow Introductions in Turbid, Southern Reservoirs: Implications for Juvenile Largemouth Bass Recruitment.

 

Education

  • M.S. Nat. Res. Ecology & Management – Fisheries Option, 2014.  Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • B.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, 2012 (cum laude). South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Professional Experience

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University (Spring 2013).
  • Research Assistant, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University (2012 – present).
  • Fisheries Research Technician, Department of Natural Resource Management, South Dakota State University (Sept. 2009 – May 2011, Aug. 2011 – May 2012).
  • Natural Resources Aide (Fisheries), Fisheries Management and Research, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Lewis, IA (May 2011 – Aug. 2011).
  • Natural Resources Aide (Fisheries), Aquatic Nuisance Species Unit, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Boone, IA (May 2009 – Aug. 2009).

 

Professional Memberships

 

American Fisheries Society

  • Parent Society
  • Fish Management Section
  • Education Section
  • Student Subsection (Undergraduate Travel Award Committee, Co-Southern Division Representative)
  • Southern Division Reservoir Technical Committee
  • Oklahoma Chapter
  • Oklahoma State University Student Subunit (Secretary/Treasurer)

 

Activities & Awards

  • Norgren Water and Wildlife Conservation Scholarship, South Dakota State University (2009)
  • Wilbur Allen Scholarship Award, South Dakota State University (2009 and 2011)
  • South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited Scholarship, South Dakota State University (2010).
  • Vice-President, SDSU Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society (2011).
  • Dr. James C. Schmulbach Award, Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2011).
  • Sauger Scholarship Award, Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2011).
  • Student Opportunity Travel Grant Award, South Dakota State University (2011).
  • Schulz-Werth Award for Undergraduate Research, South Dakota State University (2012).
  • Sigma Xi Best Undergraduate Research Poster Award, 2nd Place, South Dakota State University (2012).
  • John E. Skinner Memorial Travel Award, Honorable Mention, American Fisheries Society (2012).
  • Jimmie Pigg Travel Award, Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2012).
  • Robert M. Jenkins Memorial Reservoir Research Scholarship, Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Reservoir Committee (2013 and 2014).
  • John E. Skinner Memorial Travel Award, American Fisheries Society (2013).
  • Outstanding Fisheries Graduate Student Award, NREM Department, Oklahoma State University (2014).
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