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Farmed Fish Losses to Scaup Quantified

Avian predators cause serious losses on fish farms. The Southern Regional Aquaculture Center has an on-going project that is measuring the predation risk and economic effects of lesser scaup on baitfish farms and of cormorants on catfish farms. The project team is led by Dr. Luke Roy (Auburn University) with team members including Dr. Anita Kelly (Auburn University), Dr. Brian Davis (Mississippi State University), Dr. Brian Dorr (USDA/WS National Wildlife Research Center), an

Restoring Coastal Wetlands

Hundreds of thousands of acres of wetlands have been lost in the U.S. in the past few decades. More than two-thirds of this loss occurred along the Gulf of Mexico.

As the largest private owner of wetlands in the U.S., ConocoPhillips views conservation as a key priority and has allocated over $6.8 million to restoration efforts since 2012. This includes activities such as hurricane protection, coastal restoration, wetlands mitigation and biomass carbon sequestration. Through partnershi

Alumni

Below is a list of Alumni compiled from past and present students. If you find an error or can add information to an alumni, please contact Karen Brasher

William "Bill" R. Alexander

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1988-1990)
Current Position:  Refuge Manager, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge
Location:  Searcy, AR

Barb (Lercel) Avers

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1995-1997)
Current Position:  State Waterfowl Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Location:  Lansing, MI

Scott Barras

Degree:  B.S. & M.S. Degrees (1990-1993)
Current Position:  Virginia State Director, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services
Location:  Moseley, VA

Steve Barry

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1990-1992)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Ed Hill
Current Position:  Deceased
Location:  

Michael Brasher

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1998-2000)
Current Position:  Biological Team Leader, Gulf Coast Joint Venture
Location:  Lafayette, LA

Kevin Brunke

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2004-2007)
Advisor:  Kevin Hunt and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Conservation Resources Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Program, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

James Callicut

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2007), M.S. Degree (2010)
Current Position:  Conservation Resources Biologist, Waterfowl Program, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

Matt Chouinard

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2001-2003)
Current Position:  Staff Biologist, Delta Waterfowl Foundation
Location:  Morris, MN

Dr. Jose A. Cruz-Burgos

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2000-2005)
Advisor:  Francisco Vilella and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Wetlands/Wildlife Biologist, Puerto Rico Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Location:  San Juan, PR

Dr. J. Brian Davis

Degree:  M.S. & Ph.D. Degrees (1995-2001)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Bruce Leopold
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University
Location:  Mississippi State, MS

Dean W. Demarest

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1990-1993)
Current Position:  Office of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Atlanta, GA

Dr. Jim A. Dubovsky

Degree:  M.S. & Ph.D. Degrees (1984-1990)
Current Position:  Central Flyway Representative, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Denver, CO

James Feaga

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2011-2013)
Advisor:  Francisco Vilella
Current Position:  
Location:  

David Fishman

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree
Current Position:  
Location:  

K. Sarah Fleming

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2010)
Current Position:  Regional Biologist, Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Location:  Ann Arbor, MN

Justyn Foth

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2010) and Ph.D. Student
Advisor:  Francisco Vilella
Current Position:  
Location:  

Dr. David. R. Gordon

Degree:  Post-doctoral fellow (1985)
Current Position:  Chief, Branch of Science and Planning, Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Washington, D.C.

Dr. Brian T. Gray

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1988-1992)
Current Position:  Assistant Deputy Minister, Science Branch, Environment Canada
Location:  Gatineau, Quebec Canada

Matthew J. Gray

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1993-1995)
Current Position:  Associate Professor, Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Tennessee
Location:  Knoxville, TN

Heath M. Hagy

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2011)
Current Position:  Director, Frank C. Bellrose Memorial Lab, Illinois Natural History Survey
Location:  Havana, IL

J. Houston Havens

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2004-2007)
Current Position:  Conservation Resources Biologist, Migratory Game Bird Program Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

Jeremy James

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1998-2001)
Advisor:  Steve Schoenholtz and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Religious minister
Location:  Memphis, TN

Molly Kneece

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2016)
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Location:  SC

Jennifer P. Kross

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2003-2006)
Current Position:  Regional Biologist, Ducks Unlimited Great Plains Regional Office
Location:  Bismarck, ND

Joe Lancaster

Degree:  M.S. Degree, Ph.D. Degree (2018)
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Illinois Natural History Survey
Location:  IL

Alan Leach

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2011)
Current Position:  Ph.D. student, University of Nevada
Location:  Reno, NE

Charles R. Loesch

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1986-1988)
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Bismarck, ND

Marisel Lopez-Florez

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2002-2005)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Francisco Vilella
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  San Juan, PR

Dr. Scott Manley

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1994-1998)
Current Position:  Director of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited Southern Regional Office
Location:  Jackson, MS

Joe Marty

Degree:  M.S. Degree, Ph.D. Degree (2017)
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  Biological Supervisor/Research Coordinator, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Location:  Rockefeller Refuge, LA

Kira Newcomb

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2014)
Current Position:  Monitoring Coordinator, Hummingbird Monitoring Network
Location:  Fort Collins, CO

Dr. Aaron T. Pearse

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2002-2007)
Current Position:  Research Wildlife Biologist, Northern Prairie Research Station, U.S. Geological Survey
Location:  Jamestown, ND

Edward Penny

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2001-2003)
Current Position:  Chief of Wildlife (Wetlands), Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
Location:  Jackson, MS

Tom Peterson

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2014)
Current Position:  Regional Biologist, Ducks Unlimited
Location:  Colorado/Wyoming

David M. Richardson

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1987-1989)
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Grenada, MS

Dr. Michael Schummer

Degree:  Post-doc (2007-2010)
Current Position:  Research Scientist, Long Point Waterfowl (Bird Studies Canada)
Location:  Long Point, Ontario

David E. Sherman

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1988-1990)
Current Position:  Biologist, Division of Wildlife, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Location:  Columbus, OH

Clay Shipes

Degree:  M.S. Student (2014)
Advisor:  Brian Davis
Current Position:  Wildlife Biologist (Natural Resource Specialist), J. D. Murphree Wildlife Management Area
Location:  Port Arthur, TX

Amy Spencer

Degree:  M.S. Degree, Ph.D. Degree (2003-2014)
Current Position:  
Location:  

Elizabeth St. James

Degree:  M.S. Student (2011)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Michael Schummer
Current Position:  Ph.D. student, University of Illinois
Location:  Champaign-Urbana, IL

Dr. Joshua D. Stafford

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2001-2005)
Current Position:  Assistant Unit Leader, South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, South Dakota State University
Location:  Brookings, SD

Scott Stephens

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1992-1995)
Advisor:  Bruce Leopold and Richard Kaminski
Current Position:  Director of Conservation, Ducks Unlimited-Canada
Location:  Oak Hammock, Manitoba

Jake Straub

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (2008-2012)
Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Environmental Science/Ecology
Location:  State University of New York-Plattsburgh

Adam Tullos

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2000)
Advisor:  Richard Kaminski and Stephen Grado
Current Position:  Mississippi State University Extension
Location:  Verona, MS

Dr. Bill W. Uihlein, III

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1993-2000)
Current Position:  Assistant Regional Director, Region 4, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Atlanta, GA

Josh Vest

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1999-2002)
Current Position:  Science Coordinator, Intermountain West Joint Venture, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Missoula, MT

Dr. Mark P. Vrtiska

Degree:  Ph.D. Degree (1995)
Current Position:  Waterfowl Program Manager, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Location:  Lincoln, NE

Mitch Weegman

Degree:  B.S. Degree (2010)
Current Position:  Ph.D. student, University of Exeter
Location:  Exeter, England

Matt Weegman

Degree:  M.S. Degree (2011-2013)
Advisor:  Rick Kaminski
Current Position:  Biologist, Ducks Unlimited
Location:  Rancho Cordova, CA

Brett Wehrle

Degree:  M.S. Degree (1990-1992)
Current Position:  Refuge Manager, Central Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Location:  Marksville, LA

Alicia J. Wiseman

Degree:  B.S. Degree, M.S. Degree (2006-2009)
Current Position:  Biologist, Ducks Unlimited, South Louisiana Field Station
Location:  Lafayette, LA

Dan Zekor

Degree:  Research Assistant (1985-1987)
Current Position:  Federal Aid Coordinator, Missouri Department of Conservation
Location:  Columbia, MO