Kevin Pope

Kevin Pope

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Title Graduate Committee Chair
Address 424 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0984
Phone 402-472-7028
FAX 402-472-2722
E-mail kpope2@unl.edu

Dr. Kevin Pope is the assistant unit leader-Fisheries of the Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and a professor in the School of Natural Resources.

Natural resources play an important role in people's quality of life. However, natural resources are frequently stressed through efforts to improve quality of life. Nebraska faces many challenges with management of natural resources, including threatened and endangered species and ecosystems, changes in agricultural demographics and practices, degradation of water quality, distribution of water, and human population growth.

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 resource research and management, 2) to conduct research that will create new information useful for management of natural resources, and 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.

Kevin Pope

Dr. Pope's research in applied fishery ecology focuses on lakes and reservoirs, with two foci. First, understanding mechanisms that alter population dynamics (recruitment, growth and mortality) of fishes. Second, predicting subsequent responses in population structure. His studies are initiated in response to the needs of the Cooperators and other management agencies and are designed to provide information useful in directly improving management of aquatic resources.

Current projects include understanding:

  • How irrigation-reservoir operations influence recruitment of walleye and white bass,
  • How reservoir type and stocking frequency influence size- and age-structure of channel catfish populations,
  • How temporal and spatial patterns of angler participation influence fish populations in reservoirs.

Dr. Pope also advances the education of graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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.

Selected Publications

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.
Allen, C. R., J. J. Fontaine, K. L. Pope, and A. S. Garmestani. 2011. Adaptive management for a turbulent future. Journal of Environmental Management 92:1339-1345.
Martin, D. R., and K. L. Pope. 2011. Luring anglers to enhance fisheries. Journal of Environmental Management 92:1399-1403.
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.
Pope, K. L., S. E. Lochmann, and M. K. Young. 2010. Methods for assessing fish populations. Pages 325-351 in W. A. Hubert and M. C. Quist, editors. Inland fisheries management in North America, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
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
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.
Chizinski, C. J., C. L. Higgins, C. E. Shavlik, and K. L. Pope. 2006. Multiple hypotheses testing of fish incidence patterns in an urbanized ecosystem. Aquatic Ecology 40:97-109.
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.
Pope, K. L., and D. W. Willis. 1996. Seasonal influences on freshwater fisheries sampling data. Reviews in Fisheries Science 4:57-73.

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 Faculty Area(s)

Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

Other Areas of Interest

Fishery ecology and management, including assessments of 1) fish populations as a baseline for understanding aquatic communities and ecosystems, 2) biotic and abiotic factors that affect recruitment, growth and mortality of fishes, and how these processes structure fish populations, 3) and the selectivity of recreational angling and its influence on fish populations.

SNR Areas of Expertise

Keyword Expert Level

10 - Top Expert
1 - Mild Interest

Fisheries

9

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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 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 X None
NRES 965 Managed Aquatic Systems X X None