Kevin Pope

Kevin Pope

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Title Assistant Unit Leader of the U.S. Geological Survey - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit (Fisheries)
Address 424 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0984
Phone 402-472-7028
FAX 402-472-2722
E-mail kpope2@unl.edu

I'm an assistant unit leader of the U.S. Geological Survey-Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit, and a professor in the School of Natural Resources.

The Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is a unique, collaborative relationship between the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Management Institute. The mission of the Unit is

  1. to train graduate students for professional careers in natural resources research and management
  2. to conduct research that will create new information useful for management of natural resources
  3. to provide technical assistance to cooperators

As such, the research focus of the Unit is applied problems and issues--relevant to the wise use of natural resources--within and beyond Nebraska.

I advance the education of graduate students by teaching Quantitative Fishery Assessment (in spring of even years) and co-teaching Managed Aquatic Systems (in spring of odd years) with Dr. Mark Pegg. I also have an active research lab for masters and doctoral students and postdoctoral associates.

The goal of my research program is to increase our understanding of recreational fisheries as complex social--ecological systems. Many of my studies are initiated in response to the needs of cooperators and are designed to provide information useful in directly improving management of aquatic resources.

I've been at UNL since 2005 and I participate in the Applied Ecology Mission Area.

Selected Publications

Allen, C., Pope, K. L. 2016. Adaptive management for ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management, 183:343-352.
DeBoer, J. A., Pope, K. L. 2016. Factors influencing recruitment of walleye and white bass to three distinct early ontogenetic stages. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 25:504-517.
DeBoer, J. A., Weber, C. M., Dixon, T. A., Pope, K. L. 2016. The influence of a severe reservoir drawdown on springtime zooplankton and larval fish assemblages in Red Willow Reservoir, Nebraska. Journal of Freshwater Ecology. 31:131-146.
Pope, K. L., Chizinski, C., Wiley, C. L., Martin, D. 2016. Influence of anglers' specializations on catch, harvest, and bycatch of targeted taxa. Fisheries Research. 183:128–137.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Educational Background

  • BS - Texas A&M University, Wildlife and Fisheries Management (1991)
  • MS - Auburn Univeristy, Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures (1993)
  • PhD - South Dakota State University, Biological Sciences (1996)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Areas of Interest

  • Complexity of fishery management, with specific foci on understanding
    • influences of sampling approaches on fishery data
    • dynamics within and among fish communities and angler groups
    • social and ecological outcomes and consequences of management actions

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 Comprehensive Evaluation of the Nebraska Outdoor Enthusiast
Starting Date 1/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Chris Chizinski
Co-PIs
TJ Fontaine
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 1/31/2019
Funding Level $293,372.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

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

 
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 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 Human Dimensions of Nebraska's Fisheries
Starting Date 1/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Co-PIs
Chris Chizinski
Ending Date 12/31/2018
Funding Level $2,165,236.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
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 Basses in Nebraska Reservoirs
Starting Date 7/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Co-PIs
Chris Chizinski
Ending Date 6/30/2015
Funding Level $212,683.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
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 Recruitment of Walleye and White Bass (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 8/31/2013
Funding Level $143,519.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
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 Walleye/White Bass in Irrigation (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 8/31/2011
Funding Level $50,917.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Angler Behavior in Response to Management Actions on Nebraska Reservoirs
Starting Date 1/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Kevin Pope
Ending Date 12/31/2013
Funding Level $3,147,776.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 

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 871 Quantitative Fishery Assessment X None
NRES 965 Managed Aquatic Systems X None