Current Graduate Students and Staff at the University of Missouri

Graduate Students

Hadley Boehm (Ph.D. student)

Dissertation: Evaluation of Striped bass stocking in Bull Shoals Lake.
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Fisheries)
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison (Environment and Resources)
B.S., Alma College

John Brant (M.S. Student)

Thesis: Habitat use and distribution of lithophilic and riffle fishes in the East Fork Black River
B.S., Kansas State University

Corey Dunn (Ph.D. Candidate)

Dissertation: Role of mid-sized rivers in conservation and management of fishes in Missouri.
B.S., Virginia Tech University

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Michael Moore (Ph.D. Student)

Thesis: Habitat selection and dispersal of Lake Sturgeon in Missouri River tributaries

M.S., Virginia Tech University

B.S., University of Missouri

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Emily Pherigo (M.S. Student)

Thesis: Role of tributaries on Missouri River recovery

B.S., Knox College

Landon Pierce (Ph.D. Candidate)

Dissertation: Conservation planning for fishes in the Colorado River Basin
M.S., South Dakota State University
B.S., University of Nebraska


Nick Sievert (Ph.D. Student)

Dissertation: Effects of climate change and habitat fragmentation on stream fish
M.S., University of Missouri, Columbia
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Mike Thomas (M.S. Student)

Thesis: Field Verification of Electrofishing Immobilization Thresholds of Smallmouth Bass, Flathead Catfish, and Blue Catfish
B.S., University of Idaho

Emily Tracy-Smith (Research Specialist/Ph.D. student)

Topic: Ecological flow linkages for Missouri
M.S., University of Missouri
B.S., University of Florida

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Garth Linder

2014 - present
Research: Effects of climate change on river floodplains
Ph.D., University of Maryland
M.S., Indiana University
B.S., Indiana University

Ralph Tingley

2017 - present
Research: Quantifying the cost of replacing inland recreational and subsistence fisheries caused by climate change
Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.S., University of Conneticut

Research Staff

Brandon Brooke

Topic: Lake Sturgeon movements in Missouri River tributaries
B.S., University of Missouri