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

Haak, D. M., B. D. Fath, V. E. Forbes, D. R. Martin, and K. L. Pope. 2017. Coupling ecological and social network models to assess "transmission" and "contagion" of an aquatic invasive species. Journal of Environmental Management 190:243-251. Online
Martin, D.R., D. Shizuka, C. Chizinski, K. Pope. 2017.Network analysis of a regional fishery: Implications for management of natural resources, and recruitment and retention of anglers. Fisheries Research 194(2017):31-41. Online
Birge, H. E., Garmestani, A. S., Allen, C., Pope, K. L. 2016. Adaptive management for ecosystem services. Journal of Environmental Management, 183:343-352. Online
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. Online
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. Online
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. 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
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
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
Martin, D., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. (2015). Reservoir area of influence and implications for fisheries management. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 35(2), 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.
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
Beck (Zysset), A., Stephen, B., Kill, R., Smeenk, N., Allen, C., Pope, K. L. (2014). Toxicity of copper sulfate and rotenone to Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis). Management of Biological Invasions, 5, 371-375. Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D. R., Pope, K. L., Barada, T. J., Schuckman, J. J. (2014). Angler effort and catch within a spatially complex system of small lakes. Fisheries Research, 154, 172-178. Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D., Huber, C. G., Pope, K. L. (2014). The Influence of a Rapid Drawdown and Prolonged Dewatering on Fishing Effort, Catch, and Harvest in a Nebraska Reservoir. Great Plains Research, 24(2), 145-152. Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D., Hurley, K. L., Pope, K. L. (2014). Self-imposed length limits in recreational fisheries. Fisheries Research. Online
Chizinski, C., Martin, D., Pope, K. L. (2014). Self-confidence of anglers in identification of freshwater sport fish. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 21(6), 448-453. Online
Huber, C., Grabowski, T., Patino, R., Pope, K. L. (2014). Distribution and habitat associations of juvenile common snook in the lower Rio Grande, Texas. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science, 6, 170-180. Online
Martin, D., Chizinski, C., Eskridge, K., Pope, K. L. (2014). Using angler-posted information to an online social network to assess fishing effort. Fisheries Research, 157, 24-27 Online
Pope, K. L., C. R. Allen, and D. G. Angeler. 2014. Fishing for resilience. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:467-478. 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
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
DeBoer, J. A., Pope, K. L., Koupal, K. D. (2013). Environmental factors regulating the recruitment of walleye Sander vitreus and white bass Morone chrysops in irrigation reservoirs. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 22, 43-54. 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
Unstad, K.M., D.R. Uden, C.R. Allen, N.M. Chaine, D.M. Haak, D.M., R.A. Kill, K.L. Pope, B.J. Stephen and A. Wong. 2013. Survival and behavior of Chinese mystery snails (Bellamya chinensis) in response to simulation water body drawdowns and air exposure. Management of Biological Invasions 4:123-127. Online
Uphoff, C. S., Schoenebeck, C., Hoback, W., Koupal, K. D., Pope, K. L. (2013). Degree-day accumulation influences annual variability in growth of age-0 walleye. Fisheries Research, 147, 394-398. Online
Wilde, G. R., and K. L. Pope. 2013. Worldwide trends in fishing interest indicated by internet search volume. Fisheries Management and Ecology 20:211-222. Online
Chaine, N., Allen, C., Fricke, K., Haak, D., Hellman, M., Kill, R., Nemec, K., Pope, K. L., Smeenk, N., Stephen, B., Uden, D., Unstad, K., VanderHam, A. (2012). Population estimate of Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis) in a Nebraska reservoir. BioInvasion Records, 1, 283-287. Online
Chaine, N.M., C.R. Allen, K.A. Fricke, D.M. Haak, M.L. Hellman, R.A. Kill, K.T. Nemec, K.L. Pope, N.A. Smeenk, B.J. Stephen, D.R. Uden, K.M. Unstad and A.E. Vanderham. 2012. Population estimate of Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis) in a Nebraska reservoir. BioInvasion Records 1:283-287. 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
Martin, D., Powell, L. A., Pope, K. L. (2012). Habitat selection by adult walleye during spawning season in irrigation reservoirs: a patch occupancy modeling approach. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 93, 589-598. Online
Martin, D., Pracheil, B., DeBoer, J. A., Pope, K. L., Wilde, G. R. (2012). Using the internet to understand angler behavior in the information age. Fisheries, 37, 458-463. Online
Martin, D. R., and K. L. Pope. 2011. Luring anglers to enhance fisheries. Journal of Environmental Management 92:1399-1403. Online
Chizinski, C. J., K. L. Pope, G. R. Wilde and R. L. Strauss. 2010. Implications of stunting on morphology of freshwater fish. Journal of Fish Biology 76:564-579. Online
Pope, K. L., and G. R. Wilde. 2010. Survival of foul-hooked largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides). Journal of Freshwater Ecology 25:135-139. Online
Pope, K. L., S. E. Lochmann, and M. K. Young. 2010. Methods for assessing fish populations. Inland fisheries management in North America, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. Pages 325-351 Online
Chizinski, C. J., B. Sharma, K. L. Pope, and R. Patiño. 2008. A bioenergetic model for zebrafish Danio rerio (Hamilton). Journal of Fish Biology 73:35-43. Online
Wilde, G. R., and K. L. Pope. 2008. A simple model for predicting survival of angler-caught and released largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:834-840 Online
Pope, K. L., and C. G. Kruse. 2007. Condition. Pages 423-471 in C. S. Guy and M. L. Brown, editors. Analysis and interpretation of freshwater fisheries data. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. Online
Pope, K. L., G. R. Wilde, and D. W. Knabe. 2007. Effect of catch-and-release angling on growth and survival of rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss (Walbaum). Fisheries Management and Ecology 14:115-121. Online
Pope, K. L., and G. R. Wilde. 2004. Effect of catch-and-release angling on growth of largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides. Fisheries Management and Ecology 11:39-44. Online
Pope, K. L., G. R. Wilde, and B. W. Durham. 2004. Age-specific patterns in density-dependent growth of white crappie, Pomoxis annularis. Fisheries Management and Ecology 11:33-38. Online
Wilde, G. R., K. L. Pope, and B. W. Durham. 2003. Lure-size restrictions in recreational fisheries. Fisheries (Bethesda) 28(6):18-26. Online
Pope, K. L., M. L. Brown, W. G. Duffy, and P. H. Michaletz. 2001. A caloric-based evaluation of diet indices for largemouth bass. Environmental Biology of Fishes 61:329-339. Online
Pope, K. L., and D. W. Willis. 1998. Early life history and recruitment of black crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) in two South Dakota waters. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 7:56-68. Online
Pope, K. L., and D. W. Willis. 1996. Seasonal influences on freshwater fisheries sampling data. Reviews in Fisheries Science 4:57-73. Online
Martin, D. R., Powell, L., Pope, K. 2009. Spring Home ranges of white bass in irrigation reservoirs of the Republican River Basin, Nebraska . Ecology of Freshwater Fish 18:514-519. 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

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