Mark Kaemingk

Mark Kaemingk

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Title Fishery Scientist
Address 405 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
Phone 402-472-7574
FAX 402-472-2946

Mark Kaemingk received his Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University (2013), M.S. in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University (2009), and B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University (2006). He held a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology prior to this position, working in New Zealand at the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory. Mark grew up in south central South Dakota, along the Missouri River, where he developed a passion for conserving and managing our natural resources.

Mark has worked on a wide variety of ecosystems, including large rivers and reservoirs, shallow lakes, a Laurentian Great Lake, and coastal rivers, estuaries, and marine environments. The overarching goal of his research program is to combine spatial and temporal approaches to understand biological interactions. He is particularly excited about working on spatiotemporal questions that focus on the interactions among fish communities, fishing groups, and the habitats they occupy. Mark also enjoys mentoring and providing professional development opportunities for students.

Selected Publications

Camp, E.V., M.A. Kaemingk, R.N. Ahrens, W.M Potts, W.E. Pine III, O.L. Weyl, and K.L. Pope. In press. Resilience management for conservation of freshwater recreational fisheries. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., C.J. Chizinski, C.R. Allen, and K.L. Pope. 2019. Ecosystem size predicts social-ecological dynamics. Ecology and Society 24(2):17. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., K.L. Hurley, C.J. Chizinski, and K.L. Pope. In press. Harvest-release decisions in recreational fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., S.E. Swearer, S.J. Bury, and J.S. Shima. 2019. Landscape edges shape dispersal and population structure of a migratory fish. Oecologia 190:579-588. Online
Kane, D.S., M.A. Kaemingk, C.J. Chizinski, and K.L. Pope. In press. Spatial and temporal behavioral differences between angler-access types. Fisheries Research. Online
Perrion, M.A., M.A. Kaemingk, K.D. Koupal, C.W. Schoenebeck, and N.A. Bickford. In press. Use of otolith chemistry to assess recruitment and habitat use of a white bass fishery in a Nebraska reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management. Online
Kaemingk, M., Chizinski, C., Hurley, K. L., Pope, K. L. 2018. Synchrony - An emergent property of recreational fisheries. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2986-2996. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, C.P. Paukert, D.W. Willis, K. Henderson, R.S. Holland, G.A. Wanner, and M. Lindvall. 2017. Common carp disrupt ecosystem structure and function through middle-out effects. Marine and Freshwater Research. (68), 718-731. Online
Stahr, K., Kaemingk, M. 2017. An evaluation of emergent macrophytes and use among groups of aquatic taxa. Lake and Reservoir Management(33), 314-323. Online
Bogner, D. M., Kaemingk, M., Wuellner, M. R. 2016. Consequences of hatch phenology on stages of fish recruitment. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164980. Online
Breeggemann, J., Kaemingk, M., Letvin, A., Krause, J., Stevens, T., DeBates, T., Paukert, C., Willis, D., Chipps, S. 2016. Potential direct and indirect effects of climate change on a shallow natural lake fish assemblage. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 25: 487-499. Online
Kaemingk, M., Essig, R., McMullin, S., Bonds, C., DeBruyne, R., Myrick, C., Phelps, Q., Sutton, T., Triplett, J. 2016. Examining the relevancy and utility of the American Fisheries Society certification program to prepare future fisheries professionals. Fisheries. 41: 458-461. Online
McMullin, S.L., V. Dicenzo, R. Essig, C. Bonds, R.L. DeBruyne, M.A. Kaemingk, M.E. Mather, C. Myrick, Q. Phelps, T.M. Sutton, and J. Triplett. 2016. Are we preparing the next generation of fisheries professionals to succeed in their careers?: A survey of AFS members. Fisheries 41:436-449. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., B.D.S. Graeb, and D.W. Willis. 2014. Temperature, hatch date, and prey availability influence age-0 yellow perch growth and survival. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:845-855. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., K.J. Stahr, J.C. Jolley, R.S. Holland, and D.W. Willis. 2014. Evidence for bluegill spawning plasticity obtained by disentangling complex factors related to recruitment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:93-105. Online
Hayer, C.-A., M.A. Kaemingk, J.J. Breeggemann, D.J. Dembkowski, D. Deslauriers, and T. Rapp. 2013. Pressures to publish: catalysts for the loss of scientific writing integrity? Fisheries 38:348-351.
Jolley, J.C., E.S. Albin, M.A. Kaemingk, and D.W. Willis. 2013. A survey of aquatic invertebrate communities in Nebraska Sandhill lakes reveals potential alternative ecosystem states. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4:151-162. Online
Jolley, J.C., M.A. Kaemingk, D.W. Willis, and R.S. Holland. 2013. Overwinter mortality of sympatric juvenile bluegill and yellow perch in mid-temperate prairie lakes. The Open Fish Science Journal 6:58-70. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., D.J. Dembkowski, H.A. Meyer, and L.M. Gigliotti. 2013. Insights for undergraduates seeking an advanced degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences. Fisheries 38:483-490.
Stahr, K.J., M.A. Kaemingk, and D.W. Willis. 2013. Factors associated with bluegill nest site selection within a shallow, natural lake. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 28:283-292.
VanDeHey, J.A., M.A. Kaemingk, A.C. Jansen, B.D.S Graeb, D.J. Dembkowski, and D.W. Willis. 2013. Effects of simulated cold fronts on the survival and behavior of yellow perch Perca flavescens yolk-sac fry. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 29:364-367. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., and D.W. Willis. 2012. Mensurative approach to examine potential interactions between age-0 yellow perch (Perca flavescens) and bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). Aquatic Ecology 46:353-362.
Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, D.W. Willis, and S.R. Chipps. 2012. Priority effects among young-of-the-year fish: reduced growth of bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) caused by yellow perch (Perca flavescens)? Freshwater Biology 57:654-665. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., T.L. Galarowicz, J. Clevenger, D.F. Clapp, and H. Lenon. 2012. Fish assemblage shifts and population dynamics of smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in the Beaver Archipelago, northern Lake Michigan: A comparison between historical and recent time periods amidst ecosystem changes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:550-559.
Kaemingk, M.A., A. Clem, and T.L. Galarowicz. 2011. The influence of habitat and environment on smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) nest sites and nest success in northern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:380-385.
Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, D.W. Willis, and B.D.S. Graeb. 2011. Exploring spatial distributions of larval yellow perch Perca flavescens, bluegill Lepomis macrochirus, and their prey in relation to wind. Journal of Fish Biology 78:1132-1151. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., M.J. Weber, P.R. McKenna, and M.L. Brown. 2011. Effect of passive integrated transponder tag implantation site on tag retention, growth, and survival of two sizes of juvenile bluegills and yellow perch. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:726-732.
Kaemingk, M.A., T.L. Galarowicz, J. Clevenger, and D.F. Clapp. 2011. Movement of smallmouth bass within the Beaver Island Archipelago, Northern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:625-631. Online
Kaemingk, M.A., B.D.S. Graeb, C.W. Hoagstrom, and D.W. Willis. 2007. Patterns of fish diversity in a mainstem Missouri River reservoir and associated delta in South Dakota and Nebraska, USA. River Research and Applications 23:786-791. Online

Educational Background

  • PhD - South Dakota State University, Fisheries Science (2013)
  • MS - Central Michigan University, Conservation Biology (2009)
  • BS - South Dakota State University, Wildlife and Fisheries (2006)

SNR Program Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Affiliations (index)

Professional Organizations

  • American Fisheries Society
  • Ecological Society of America

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Human Dimensions of Nebraska's Fisheries
Starting Date 1/1/2019
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Chris Chizinski
Mark Kaemingk
Ending Date 12/31/2019
Funding Level $1,747,226.00
Funding Source Nebraska Games and Parks Commision

Grant Title Assessment of Angler Use and Catch 2018 Sutherland
Starting Date 3/23/2018
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Mark Kaemingk
Ending Date 1/31/2019
Funding Level $54,723.00
Funding Source Nebraska Public Power District

Grant Title Sutherland Rsvr 2016 Assessment
Starting Date 2/25/2016
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Chris Chizinski
Mark Kaemingk
Ending Date 1/31/2017
Funding Level $50,274.00
Funding Source NPPD


Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology