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
Phone 402-472-7028
FAX 402-472-2722

Dr. Kevin Pope is the assistant unit leader - Fisheries of the U.S. Geological Survey - Nebraska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife 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 resources 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

Pope, K. L., C. R. Allen, and D. G. Angeler. 2014. Fishing for resilience. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:467-478.
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.
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
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 Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

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Other Areas of Interest

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

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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