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Contact Information

USGS Missouri Cooperative Fish and  Wildlife Research Unit
Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Amanda Rosenberger Affiliate Faculty

Fisheries and Conservation • Fisheries Ecology • Fishery Management


  • American Fisheries Society
  • Sigma Xi


  • Fish habitat modeling
  • Threatened and endangered fish
  • Stream fish sampling and sampling validation
  • Effects of wildfire on fish
  • Fish response to drought


  • B.A. 1994 Simon's Rock College of Bard (Environmental Studies)
  • M.S. 1997 University of Florida (Zoology)
  • Ph.D. 2003 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Fisheries Biology)

Research Overview

My research interests are in the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes with an emphasis on the role of ecological processes in shaping fish distributions, population characteristics, and community structure. Conservation problems are best addressed at multiple scales; therefore, I am interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of these patterns at both local and landscape scales. I am particularly interested in investigating mechanistic relationships between fish and physical and biotic features of the environment.

Prospective graduate students interested in applying to my program should contact me directly after determining what aspect of my research program most interests them. I suggest reading my publications, particularly the one regarding my philosophy on maintaining a fruitful educational environment in fisheries schools. Applicants should feel free to contact my current graduate students directly with questions about life in Fairbanks and working with me as a graduate committee chair.

Current Research Projects

  • Ecology and bioenergetics of least cisco and their role in North Slope lake food webs. (USGS Alaska Science Center RWO)
    PhD Student: Sarah Laske.
    Collaborators: Chris Zimmerman, Mark Wipfli, Joel Schmutz.
  • The ecology of juvenile salmon in the Mat-Su region, Alaska: informing conservation and restoration practices with strategic research.
    M.S. Student: Kevin Foley
    Collaborators: Doug McBride, Jon Gerken, Chris Zimmerman, Matanuska-Susitna Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership
    (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Habitat modeling and diet of yellow billed loons in the North Slope (Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
    Ph.D. student: Trevor Haynes.
    Co-P.I.'s: Mark Lindberg, Joel Schmutz.
    Cooperators: Matt Whitman, Bill Carter.


Curriculum Vitae

April 2013 – Download PDF (117 KB)

Current Students

Trevor Haynes

Trevor Haynes (co-advised with Dr. Mark Lindberg)
Ph.D. Dissertation Topic: The role of fish in habitat selection and diet of Yellow-billed Loons in northern Alaska

Jason Neuswanger

Sarah Laske (co-advised with Dr. Mark Wipfli)
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Ecology and bioenergetics of least cisco Coregonus sardinella on Alaska’s Arctic Coastal Plain

Jason Neuswanger

Jason Neuswanger (co-advised with Dr. Mark Wipfli)
Ph.D. Dissertation Title: Process-based Modeling of Juvenile Chinook Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Distribution and Abundance in the Chena River, Alaska

Scott Ayers Kevin Foley
M.S. Thesis Topic: Habitat Use Patterns and Longitudinal Distribution of Juvenile Coho Salmon in Small-Order Tributaries of the Little Susitna River: Overall Patterns & Their Transferability.  

Graduated Students

Scott Ayers

Scott Ayers
M.S. Thesis Topic: Species status and ecology of Salvelinus in the Brooks Range of North America, with emphasis on Angayukaksurak Char (Salvelinus anaktuvukensis).

Michelle Gutsch

Michelle Gutsch
M.S. Thesis Topic: Wintering ecology of juvenile coho salmon on the Anchor River, Alaska.

Tammy Hoem

Tammy Hoem
Ph.D. Dissertation Topic: The influence of estuarine and early marine habitats on the expression of life history characteristics of coho salmon smolts in southcentral Alaska.

Kelly Mansfield

Kelly Mansfield (co-advised with Dr. Trent Sutton)
M.S. Thesis Topic: Lake correlates of stocked fish productivity in interior Alaska

Lisa South

Lisa (South) Wirth (co-advised with Dr. Joe Margraf)
M.S. Thesis Topic:  Fall chum distribution and spawning habitat preferences in the Upper Tanana River.


Selected Publications

Wirth, L., A. Rosenberger, A. Prakash, J. Margraf, and T. Hamazaki. 2012. A remote sensing/GIS-based approach to identify and model spawning habitat for fall chum salmon in a sub-arctic, glacially-fed river. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1349-1363. Download PDF (1.24 MB)

Rosenberger, A.E., J.B. Dunham, M.S. Wipfli, and J.M. Buffington. 2011. Effects of wildfire and channel reorganization on drifting macroinvertebrates and predation by trout in central Idaho streams a decade after disturbance. Northwest Science 85: 55-63. Download PDF (135 KB)

Seitz, AC, *K. Moerlein, MD Evans and AE Rosenberger. 2011. Ecology of fishes in a high latitude, turbid river with implications for the impacts of hydrokinetic devices. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 21:481-496 Download PDF (630 KB)

Neville, H., A.E. Rosenberger, and J.B. Dunham. 2009. Influences of wildfire, habitat size, and connectivity on trout in headwater streams revealed by patterns of genetic diversity. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 138:1314-1327. Download PDF (261 KB)

Dunham, J.B., A. E. Rosenberger, R.F. Thurow, A. Dolloff, and P.J. Howell. 2009. Coldwater fishes in wadeable streams. Chapter in: S. Bonar, W. Hubert, and D. Willis, editors. Standard Sampling Methods for North American Freshwater Fishes. American Fisheries Society, Fisheries Management Section, Bethesda, Maryland.

Roberts, J.H., A. E. Rosenberger.  2008.  Threatened fishes of the world: Percina rex.. Environmental Biology of Fishes (2008) 83:439-440  Download PDF (90 KB)

Roberts J.H., Rosenberger, A.E. Albanese, B., and Angermeier, P.L. 2008. Movement patterns of endangered Roanoke logperch Percina rex. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 17:374-381. Download PDF (216 KB)

Swenson, E.A., A.E. Rosenberger, and P.J. Howell.  2007.  Validation of endoscopy for non-lethal determination of maturity of small brook trout.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 136:994-998. Download PDF (53 KB)

Dunham, J.B., A.E. Rosenberger, C.H. Luce, and B.E. Rieman. 2007. Influences of wildfire and channel reorganization on spatial and temporal variation in stream temperature and the distribution of fish and amphibians. Ecosystems 10:335-346. Download PDF (545 KB)

Rosenberger, A.E. and J.B. Dunham. 2005. Validation of abundance estimates from mark–recapture and removal techniques for rainbow trout captured by electrofishing in small streams. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:1395–1410. Download PDF (510 KB)

Wheeler, A.P., P.L. Angermeier, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2005. Impacts of new highways and subsequent landscape urbanization on stream habitat and biota. Reviews in Fisheries Science 13: 141-164. Download PDF (2.51 MB)

Angermeier, P.L., A.P. Wheeler, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2004. A conceptual framework for assessing impacts of roads on aquatic biota. Fisheries 29:19-29. Download PDF (850 KB)

Rosenberger, A.E. and P.L. Angermeier. 2003. Ontogenetic shifts in habitat use by the endangered Roanoke logperch (Percina rex). Freshwater Biology 48:1563-1577. Download PDF (760 KB)

Whittaker, D. and A.E. Rosenberger. 2000. On creating a fertile academic atmosphere in fisheries and wildlife schools. Wildlife Society Bulletin 28:1176-1180. Download PDF (3.1 MB)

Rosenberger, A.E. and L.J. Chapman. 2000. Respiratory characters of three haplochromine cichlid species: implications for persistence in wetland refugia. Journal of Fish Biology 57:483-501. Download PDF (210 KB)

Walsh, S.J., L.J. Chapman, A.E. Rosenberger, and C.A. Chapman. 2000. Redescription and ecology of Amphilius jacksonii (Siluriformes: Amphiliidae), a hillstream catfish of western Uganda. Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters 11:163-174. Download PDF (710 KB)

Rosenberger, A.E. and L.J. Chapman. 1999. Hypoxic wetland tributaries as faunal refugia from an introduced predator. Ecology of Freshwater Fishes 8:22-34. Download PDF (1.0 MB)

Chapman, L.J., C.A. Chapman, R. Ogutu-Ohwayo, M. Chandler, L. Kaufman, and A.E. Keiter. 1996. Refugia for endangered fishes from an introduced predator in Lake Nabugabo, Uganda. Conservation Biology 10:554-561.


Rosenberger, A.E. 2007. An update to the Roanoke logperch (Percina rex) recovery plan. Report to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Virginia Field Office, Gloucester, VA . Download PDF (600 KB)

Rosenberger, A.E. and P.L. Angermeier. 2002. Roanoke logperch (Percina rex) population structure and habitat use. Final Report to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Blacksburg, VA. Download PDF (30 KB)