Mark Pegg

Mark Pegg

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Title Fisheries Ecologist
Address 402 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0974
Phone 402-472-6824
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail mpegg2@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Mark Pegg, fisheries ecologist and associate professor in the School of Natural Resources. I'm associated with the undergraduate major in fisheries and wildlife and the graduate specializations in aquatic ecology and wildlife ecology.

Mark Pegg
Mark collects fish on the Mississippi River using an electrofishing boat. The fish are temporarily stunned, weighed and measured and then returned to the water unharmed.

Most of my career has been dedicated to working on fisheries and aquatic ecosystem issues. These interests have generally led me to conduct research centered on the ecology of flowing systems, fisheries management, the impacts of aquatic nuisance species and restoration ecology. I've been at UNL since August 2005.

Specifically, I am interested in aquatic community responses in time and space to environmental conditions such as hydrology, habitat availability and water quality; aspects of fish-population dynamics like survival, age and growth and angler exploitation; how aquatic nuisance species influence ecosystems; and most recently, assessing river-restoration techniques.

Selected Publications

Eder, B. L., Pegg, M. A., Mestl, G. E. 2016. Modeling Effects of Length Limit Regulations on Riverine Populations of Channel Catfish. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36(1):140–146. Online
Eder, B., Mestl, G., Pegg, M. 2016. Temporal Trends of Channel Catfish Population Characteristics in the Missouri River, Nebraska. The American Midland Naturalist, 176(1):106–118. Online
Eder, B., Pegg, M., Mestl, G. 2016. A new approach to quantifying setline angler effort and catch. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 32(3):491–494. Online
Hamel, M., Spurgeon, J., Chizinski, C., Steffensen, K., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Variability in Age Estimation Results in Ambiguity and False Understanding of Population Persistence. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36(3):514–522. Online
Hamel, M.J., J.J. Spurgeon, M.L. Pegg, J.J. Hammen, and M.L. Rugg. 2016. Hydrologic variability influences distribution and occurrence of pallid sturgeon in a Missouri River tributary. River Research and Application 32:320-329. Online
Hogberg, N. P., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Assessment of fish floodplain use during an extreme flood event in a large, regulated river. Hydrobiologia. 765(1):27–41. Online
Hogberg, N. P., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Flathead catfish Pylodictis olivaris diet composition during extreme flow events in a large river. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 31: 431-441. Online
Pope, K. L., Hamel, M., Pegg, M. A., Spurgeon, J. J. 2016. The global status of freshwater fish age validation studies and a prioritization framework for future research. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture, 23:329–345. Online
Pope, K. L., Pegg, M. A., Cole, N. W., Siddons, S. F., Fedele, A. D., Harmon, B. S., Ruskamp, R. L., Turner, D. R., Uerling, C. C. 2016. Fishing for ecosystem services. Journal of environmental management. 183:408-417. Online
Siddons, S. F., Pegg, M. A., Hogberg, N. P., Klein, G. M. 2016. Age, Growth, and Mortality of a Trophy Channel Catfish Population in Manitoba, Canada. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 36(6):1368–1374. Online
Spurgeon, J. J., Hamel, M., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Multi-scale approach to hydrological classification provides insight to flow structure in an altered river system. River Research and Applications. 32: 1841–1852. Online
Spurgeon, J. J., Pegg, M. A. 2016. Juvenile growth of a macrohabitat generalist tied to hydrological character of large-river system. Freshwater Biology. 62: 291-302. Online
Spurgeon, J. J., Stewart, N. T., Pegg, M. A., Pope, K. L., Porath, M. T. 2016. Using standardized fishery data to inform rehabilitation efforts. Lake and Reservoir Management. 32(1):41–50. Online
Turek, K. C., Pegg, M. A., Pope, K. L., Schainost, S. 2016. Potential population and assemblage influences of non-native trout on native nongame fish in Nebraska headwater streams. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 25(1):99–108. Online
Hamel, M.J., M.L. Rugg, J.J. Hammen, and M.A. Pegg. 2015. Reproductive Traits of Shovelnose Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus platorynchus (Rafinesque, 1820) in the Lower Platte River, Nebraska. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 31. 592-602. Online
Hogberg, N.P., M.J. Hamel, and M.A. Pegg. 2015. Age-0 channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus growth related to environmental conditions in the channelized Missouri River, Nebraska. River Research and Applications. 32. 744-752. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2890. Online
Kowalewski, L. K., C. Chizinski, L. A. Powell, K. L. Pope, and M. A. Pegg. 2015. Accuracy or Precision: Implications of Sample Design and Methodology on Abundance Estimation. Ecological Modelling 316:185-190 Online
Pegg, M. A., K. L. Pope, L. A. Powell, K. C. Turek, J. J. Spurgeon, N. T. Stewart, N. P. Hogberg, and M. T. Porath. 2015. Lake and reservoir rehabilitations: seeking the fountain of youth. Fisheries 40:177-181.
Pracheil, B., Pegg, M. A. (2015). Population connectivity through dams is important in fragmented large river ecosystems. River Research and Applications, 31, 517-525.
Spurgeon, J., Hamel, M., Pope, K., Pegg, M. A. (2015). The global status of freshwater fish age-validation and a prioritization framework for further research. Reviews in Fisheries Science & Aquaculture, 23, 329-345. Online
Goto, D., Hamel, M., Hammen, J., Rugg, M., Pegg, M. A., Forbes, V. (2014). Hydrological influences on shovelnose sturgeon reproduction and recruitment in a regulated river. Ecological Modelling, 296, 79-92.
Goto, D., M.J. Hamel, J.J. Hammen, M.L. Rugg, M.A. Pegg, and V.E. Forbes. 2014. Spatiotemporal variation in flow-dependent recruitment of long-lived riverine fish: Model development and evaluation. Ecological Modelling 296:79-92. Online
Hamel, M., Koch, J. D., Steffensen, K. D., Pegg, M. A., Hammen, J. J., Rugg, M. L. (2014). Using mark–recapture information to validate and assess age and growth of long-lived fish species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 71, 559-566.
Hamel, M., Koch, J. D., Steffensen, K., Pegg, M. A., Hammen, J., Rugg, M. (2014). Using mark-recapture information to validate and assess age and growth of long-lived species. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 71, 559-566.
Hamel, M., Pegg, M. A., Hammen, J. J., Rugg, M. L. (2014). Population characteristics of pallid sturgeon, Scaphirhynchus albus (Forbes & Richardson, 1905), in the lower Platte River, Nebraska. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 30, 1362-1370.
Hamel, M.J., M.A. Pegg, R.R. Goforth, Q.E. Phelps, K.D. Steffensen, J.J. Hammen, and M.L. Rugg. 2014. Range-wide age and growth characteristics of shovelnose sturgeon from mark-recapture data: implications for conservation and management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72:71-82.
Pegg, M. A. (2014). Experimental evaluation of rainbow trout Onchorhynchus mykiss predation on longnose dace Rhinichthys cataractae. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 24: 600-607. Online
Pegg, M. A., Behmer, A., Parasaweicz, P., Rogers, J. (2014). Application of mesohabitat fish use informatio to identify guilds for lotic systems. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 30, 1065-1068. Online
Rugg, M.L., M.J. Hamel, M.A. Pegg, and J.J. Hammen. 2014. Validation of annuli formation in pectoral fin rays from shovelnose sturgeon in the lower Platte River, Nebraska. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:1028-1032. Online
Spurgeon, J., Pegg, M. A., Pope, K. L., Cunningham, G., Stasiak, R. (2014). Status of native stream fishes within selected protected areas of Niobrara River in western Nebraska, USA. Great Plains Research, 24, 71-78. Online
Steffensen, K., Eder, B., Pegg, M. A. (2014). Fish community response to floodplain inundation in a regulated river. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, 29, 413-427.
Turek, K., Pegg, M. A., Pope, K. L. (2014). Evaluation of visible implant alpha tags in three fish species. Journal of Fish Biology, 84, 971-981. Online
Hamel, M. J., Steffensen, K. D., Hammen, J. J., Pegg, M. A. (2013). Evaluation of passive integrated transponder tag retention from two tagging locations in juvenile pallid sturgeon. Applied Ichthyology, 29, 41-43. Online
Steffensen, K., Eder, B., Pegg, M. A. (2013). Trotline efficiencies and catch dynamics in a large river system. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 20, 526-532.
Steffensen, K., Pegg, M. A. (2013). Population prediction and viability model for pallid sturgeon (Schaphirhynchus albus, Forbes and Richardson, 1905) in the lower Missouri River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 29, 984-989. Online
Steffensen, K., Pegg, M. A., Mestl, G. (2013). Population characteristics of pallid sturgeon in the lower Missouri River. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 29, 687-695. Online
Turek, K. C., Pegg, M. A., Pope, K. L. (2013). Review of the influences of non-native salmonids on species of concern. Great Plains Research, 23, 39-49. Online
Kowalewski, L. K., Maple, A. P., Pegg, M. A., Pope, K. L. (2012). Latitudinal influence on age estimates derived from otoliths and scales for bluegill. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 32, 1175-1179. Online
Pegg, M. A. (2012). Using mark-recapture to estimate population size of pallid sturgeon in the upper channelized Missouri River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 32, 159-166. Online
Pegg, M. A., Hamel, M. J., Hammen, J. J. (2012). Tag retention of T-bar and PIT tags in shovelnose sturgeon. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 32, 533-538
Pracheil, B. M., Powell, L. A., Mestl, G. E., Pegg, M. A. (2012). Movement and survival of paddlefish on a range-wide scale: how movement and time-scale can influence migratory fish management outcomes. Fisheries, 37, 449-457.
Pracheil, B., Pegg, M. A., Powell, L. A., Mestl, G. (2012). Swimways: Protecting Paddlefish Through Movement-Centered Management. Fisheries, 37, 449-457 Online
Steffensen, K. D., Powell, L. A., Pegg, M. A. (2012). Population size of hatchery-reared and wild pallid sturgeon in the lower Missouri River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 32, 159-166. Online
Neely, B.C., Steffensen, K.D., and M.A.Pegg. 2009. A comparison of gastrically and surgically implanted telemetry transmitters in shovelnose sturgeon. Fisheries Ecology and Management. 16: 323-328. Online
Peters, L., Reinhardt, U., and M.A. Pegg. 2008. Factors influencing radio wave transmission and reception: applications for radio telemetry by boat in large river systems. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28:301-307.
Noble, R.L., D.J. Austen, and M.A. Pegg. 2007. Fishery Management Study Design Considerations. Pages 31-49 in C.G. Guy and M.L. Brown (editors). Analysis and Interpretation of Freshwater Fishery Data, American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
Pegg, M.A., and R.M. Taylor. 2007. Diversity partitioning of fish communities along the Illinois and Missouri rivers. Journal of Biogeography 34:549-558.
Pegg, M.A., M.A. Herbert, and A.M. Lemke. 2007. Fish community development during wetland restoration of an agriculturally impacted floodplain system, 1998-2003. Pages 23-25 in E.J. Heske, J.R. Herkert, K.D. Blodgett, and A.M. Lemke, editors. Spunky Bottoms: Restoration of a Big-River Floodplain. Illinois Natural History Survey Special Publication, Champaign.
McClelland, M.A., M.A. Pegg, and T.W. Spier. 2006. Longitudinal patterns of the Illinois Waterway Fish Community. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 21:91-99.
Pegg, M.A., K.S. Irons, and T.M. O'Hara. 2006. Response of floodplain fish communities to habitat restoration. Ecology of Freshwater Fishes 15:40-47.
Peters, L., M.A. Pegg, and U. Reinhardt. 2006. Dispersal rates of adult bighead carp in the Illinois River. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:1205-1212.
Yildirim, A., Bektas, S., Arslan, M., M. Pegg. 2006. Spatial and seasonal variation in nutrition and condition of Barbus plebejus escherichi (Steindacher 1897) in the Upper Coruh River (Erzurum-Turkey). Journal of Freshwater Ecology 21:379-384.
Pegg, M.A. and M.A. McClelland. 2004. Spatial and temporal patterns in fish communities along the Illinois River. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 13:125-135. Online
Pegg, M.A., C.L. Pierce, and A. Roy. 2003. Effects of channelization and impoundment on flow in the Missouri River: a time series analysis of daily mean flow. Aquatic Sciences 65:63-72.
Hamel, M., Spurgeon, J. J., Pegg, M. A., Hammen, J. J., Rugg, M. L. (2014). Hydrologic variability influences local probability of pallid sturgeon occurrence in a missouri river tributary. River Research and Applications. 32: 320-329. Online
Pope, K.L., L.A. Powell, B.S. Harmon, M.A. Pegg, and. C.J. Chizinski. 2017. Estimating the number of recreational anglers for a given waterbody. Fisheries Research 191 (2017) 69–75 Online
Pegg, M.A., J.H. Chick, and B.M. Pracheil. In press. The influence of non-native species on paddlefish. Proceedings of the 2006 Paddlefish Symposium.

Educational Background

  • BS - Iowa State University, Fish and Wildlife Biology (1992)
  • MS - Tennessee Technological University, Biology (1994)
  • PhD - Iowa State University, Fisheries Biology (2000)

Awards

  • 2017 – Award of Excellence awarded by Nebraska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society 
  • 1/30/15 – UNL Parents Association Recognition Award awarded by UNL Parents Association 
  • 3/5/2014 – Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award awarded by Holling Family Award Program for Teaching Excellence 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Fisheries ecology/management
  • River ecology
  • Aquatic nuisance species
  • River restoration

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 Restoring Native Mussels to the Great Plains
Starting Date 4/3/2017
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 12/31/2019
Funding Level $132,239.00
Funding Source NGPC

 
Grant Title Red River Catfish Cohesive Population Mangement
Starting Date 1/10/2017
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 4/30/2019
Funding Level $70,487.00
Funding Source Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Fund

 
Grant Title Platte River Tributaries
Starting Date 8/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 7/31/2017
Funding Level $21,603.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Wahoo Creek Fish and Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Assessment
Starting Date 7/11/2016
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $27,456.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Red River Telemetry
Starting Date 4/25/2016
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 3/31/2017
Funding Level $43,600.00
Funding Source Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Fund

 
Grant Title Preliminary Assessment of Movements of Channel Catfish in the Red River Using Passive Telemetry
Starting Date 8/17/2015
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 3/31/2016
Funding Level $8,113.00
Funding Source Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Fund

 
Grant Title Channel Catfish Movements in the Lower Red River
Starting Date 6/15/2015
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 3/31/2016
Funding Level $16,161.00
Funding Source Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Fund

 
Grant Title The Effects of Alum and Fish Restoration on Water Quality in the Fremont Lake, NE (additional extension funding)
Starting Date 5/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Amy Burgin
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Kevin Pope
Steven Thomas
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $31,009.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Chute Monitoring at Camp Ashland
Starting Date 9/15/2014
Principal Investigators
Marty Hamel
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 9/30/2017
Funding Level $196,946.00
Funding Source Nebraska Military Department

 
Grant Title Fremont Continuation
Starting Date 4/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Amy Burgin
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 5/31/2015
Funding Level $26,400.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Shell Creek Assessment
Starting Date 5/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Co-PIs
Marty Hamel
Ending Date 9/30/2015
Funding Level $89,870.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Missouri River Sportfish Ecology and Management (additional funding)
Starting Date 3/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Co-PIs
Marty Hamel
Ending Date 2/28/2018
Funding Level $923,578.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Red River Bibliography
Starting Date 2/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 8/31/2014
Funding Level $21,850.00
Funding Source Manitoba Fisheries Enhancement Fund

 
Grant Title Implications for Connectivity and Movement of Iotic Great Plains Fishes in the Face of Climate Change
Starting Date 8/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 7/31/2014
Funding Level $101,850.00
Funding Source US Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title Fremont Water Quality (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/13/2012
Principal Investigators
Amy Burgin
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Steven Thomas
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $23,700.00
Funding Source Nebraksa Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Influence of Trout Stockings on Tier I/II Fishes
Starting Date 5/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 4/30/2014
Funding Level $114,576.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Fremont Water Quality
Starting Date 4/6/2012
Principal Investigators
Amy Burgin
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Kevin Pope
Steven Thomas
Ending Date 6/30/2014
Funding Level $240,448.00
Funding Source Nebraksa Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Influence of Trout Stockings on Tier I/II Fishes
Starting Date 5/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Co-PIs
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 4/30/2012
Funding Level $32,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Niobrara River Flows (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $52,500.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Developing Environmental Flows in the Niobrara River for Fish and Wildlife
Starting Date 7/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $726,754.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Missouri River Sportfish Ecology and Management
Starting Date 3/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 2/28/2014
Funding Level $401,210.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Platte River Catfish Population Dynamics
Starting Date 1/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 12/31/2009
Funding Level $33,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Platte River Catfish Population Dynamics
Starting Date 1/1/2007
Principal Investigators
Mark Pegg
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $356,767.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Fisheries & Wildlife
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 163 Oh My Cod: Exploring Aquatic Ecology Careers X X n/a
NRES 463 Fisheries Science X X NRES 463/863
NRES 863 Fisheries Science X X NRES 463/863
NRES 965 Managed Aquatic Systems X None