Previous Graduate Students and Staff


Previous Post-docs and Research Staff








Ryan Lueckenhoff, Senior Research Associate, 2013-2015.
Current employment: Private Lands Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Topic: Effects of flow and DO on fish habitat
M.S., University of Nebraska
B.S., University of Missouri
Email: Ryan.Lueeckenhoff@mdc.mo.gov

 

Dr. Katy Klymus,Post Doctoral Researcher, 2012-2014.
Current employment: Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey
Topic: eDNA as a tool for Asian carp detection
Ph.D., University of Missouri
B.S., University of Texas
Email: ekate78@gmail.com

 

Dr. Jacob Westhoff, Post Doctoral Researcher, 2011-2014.
Current employment: Native Fish Research Ecologist, Missouri Department of Conservation
Topic: Thermal habitat use of smallmouth bass
Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.S., Tennessee Tech University
B.S., Universitry of Missouri
Email: Jacob.Westhoff@mdc.mo.gov


 

Dr. Michelle Staudinger, Post Doctoral Researcher, 2011-2013..
Current employment: Science Coordinator, Northeast Climate Science Center
Topic: Effects of climate change in biodiversity
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts
M.S., Stony Brook University
B.S., Boston University
Email: mstaudinger@usgs.gov

 

Dr. Allison Pease, Post Doctoral Researcher, 2010-2012.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University
Topic: Modeling population-level impacts of climate change on stream fishes in the U.S.
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
M.S., University of New Mexico
B.S., University of Texas
Email: allison.pease@ttu.edu

 

Dr. Kristen Bouska, Post Doctoral Researcher, 2014 - 2015.
Current Position: Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center
Topic: Effects of climate change on river floodplains
PhD., Southern Illinois University
M.S., Kansas State University
B.S., University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse
email: kbouska@usgs.gov

 

Dr. James Whitney, Post Doctoral Researcher, 2014-2016.
Current employment: Assistant Professor, Pittsburg State University (Kansas)
Topic: Effects of climate change on global fisheries
PhD., Kansas State University
M.S., Kansas State University
B.S., Emporia State
email: jewhitney@pittstate.edu

Previous Graduate Students

 

Ethan Kleekamp, M.S., 2016. University of Missouri..
Thesis: Streams in a Changing Landscape: Identifying Candidate Reference Reaches to Assess the Physical and Biotic Integrity of Missouri’s Wadeable Streams.
Current Employment: Contractor, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Current email: erkb88@mail.missouri.edu

 

Jacob Schwoerer. M.S., 2016. University of Missouri.
Thesis: Assessing the Vulnerability of Stream Communities and the Consistency and Use of Biotic Indices in Least-Disturbed Streams
Current Employment: Watershed Scientist, City of Jefferson City, Missouri
Current email: jacob.m.schwoerer@gmail.com





 

Joe Gerken. Ph.D., 2015. Kansas State University.
Thesis: Fish and Invertebrate Community Response to Flow Magnitude in the Kansas River
Current Employment: University of Florida
Current email: gerkenje@gmail.com

 

Jake Faulkner.M.S., 2015.  University of Missouri. 
Thesis: Multi-scale Resource Selection of Niangua Darters in the Osage River Basin, Missouri
Current Employment: Watershed Protection Supervisors, Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Current email:
Jacob.Faulkner@dnr.mo.gov

 

Nick Sievert.  M.S., 2014.  University of Missouri. 
Thesis:
As Assessment of Stream Fish Vulnerability and an Evaluation of Conservation Networks in Missouri
Current Employment: Doctoral Student, University of Missouri
Current email: nas4tf@mail.mizzou.edu

 

Jason Harris.  M.S., 2013.  University of Missouri. 
Thesis: Habitat Selection, Movement, and Home Range of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) Following a Habitat Enhancement Project in Table Rock Lake

Current Employment: Biologist, Minnesota DNR
Current email:
Jason.Harris@state.mn.us

 

Jonathan Spurgeon.  M.S., 2012.  University of Missouri. 
Thesis: Evaluation of Humpback Chub Translocations and Native Fish Community Restoration in Grand Canyon
Current Employment: Doctoral Candidate, University of Nebraska

Current email: jonathan.spurgeon@huskers.unl.edu

 

Jason Fischer.  M.S., 2012.  Kansas State University. 
Thesis:
Fish Community Response to Habitat Alteration: Impacts of Sand Dredging in the Kansas River
Current Employment: US Geological Survey, Michigan
Current email:
fisch133@gmail.com

 

Andrea Severson.  M.S., 2010.  Kansas State University. 
Thesis:
Effects oz zebra mussel invasion on the aquatic community of a Great Plains reservoir. 
Current Employment: Environmental Protection Specialist, Western Area Power Administration
Current email:
andreamseverson@yahoo.com

 

Mackenize (Shardlow) Jeffress.  M.S., 2009.  Kansas State University
Thesis:
Factors affecting the detectability and distribution of the North American river otter.
Current Employment:  Heritage Biologist, Nevada Division of Wildlife
Current email:
mrjeffress@ndow.org

 

Wesley Bouska. M.S., 2008. Kansas State University
Thesis: Road crossing design and their impact on fish assemblages and geomorpholgy of Great Plains streams.
Current Employment: Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Current Email: wbouska@hotmail.com

 

Jeff Eitzmann. M.S., 2008. Kansas State University
Thesis: Spatial habitat variation in a Great Plains river: eff ect on the fish assemblage and food web structure.
Current Employment: Mining company, Reno, NV
Current Email: jle4477@gmail.com

 

Kristen (Pitts) Bouska. M.S., 2008. Kansas State University
Thesis:
Assessing threats to native fishes in the Lower Colorado River Basin.
Current Employment: Ecologist, US Geological Survey, Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center
Current Email: kbouska@usgs.gov

 

Josh Schloesser, M.S., 2008. Kansas State University
Thesis: Large river fish community sampling strategies and fish associations to engineered and natural river channel structures.
Current Employment: Biologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Current Email:
Joshua_Schloesser@fws.gov

 

Jesse Fischer. M.S., 2007. Kansas State University
Thesis:
Structural organization of Great Plains stream fish assemblages: Implications for sampling and conservation. 
Current Employment:  Post Doc, North Carolina St
Current Email:
jessefischer@gmail.com

 

Andy Makinster. M.S.,  2006. Kansas State University
Thesis:
Flathead catfish population dynamics in the Kansas River.
Current Employment: Research Biologist, Arizona Game and Fish Department
Current Email:
amakinsteragf@qwestoffice.net