Mark Kaemingk

Mark Kaemingk

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  • My Story
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Contact Information

TitleFishery Scientist
Faculty RankAdjunct Assistant Professor
Address Off Campus
  • office: 701-777-4284


My Story

Mark Kaemingk received his Ph.D. in Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University (2013), M.S. in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University (2009), and B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University (2006). He held a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology prior to this position, working in New Zealand at the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory. Mark grew up in south central South Dakota, along the Missouri River, where he developed a passion for conserving and managing our natural resources.

Mark has worked on a wide variety of ecosystems, including large rivers and reservoirs, shallow lakes, a Laurentian Great Lake, and coastal rivers, estuaries, and marine environments. The overarching goal of his research program is to combine spatial and temporal approaches to understand biological interactions. He is particularly excited about working on spatiotemporal questions that focus on the interactions among fish communities, fishing groups, and the habitats they occupy. Mark also enjoys mentoring and providing professional development opportunities for students.

Selected Publications

Kaemingk, M.A., Bender, C.N., Chizinski, C., Bunch, A.J., Pope, K.L. 2021. Temporal Invariance of Social-Ecological Catchments. Ecological Applications. 31(2):1-7.Online
Carlson, A.K., Taylor, W.W., Cronin, M.R., Eaton, M.J., Kaemingk, M.A., Reid, A.J., Trudeau, A. 2020. A Social-Ecological Odyssey in Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Fisheries. 45(5):238-243.Online
Camp, E.V., M.A. Kaemingk, R.N. Ahrens, W.M Potts, W.E. Pine III, O.L. Weyl, and K.L. Pope. In press. Resilience management for conservation of freshwater recreational fisheries. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
Kaemingk, M., Hurley, K. L., Chizinski, C., Pope, K. L. 2019. Harvest-release decisions in recreational fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences: 1-8.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., C.J. Chizinski, C.R. Allen, and K.L. Pope. 2019. Ecosystem size predicts social-ecological dynamics. Ecology and Society. 24(2):17.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., K.L. Hurley, C.J. Chizinski, and K.L. Pope. In press. Harvest-release decisions in recreational fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., S.E. Swearer, S.J. Bury, and J.S. Shima. 2019. Landscape edges shape dispersal and population structure of a migratory fish. Oecologia 190:579-588.Online
Kane, D.S., M.A. Kaemingk, C.J. Chizinski, and K.L. Pope. In press. Spatial and temporal behavioral differences between angler-access types. Fisheries Research.
Perrion, M., Kaemingk, M., Koupal, K., Schoenebeck, C., Bickford, N. 2019. Use of otolith chemistry to assess recruitment and habitat use of a white bass fishery in a Nebraska reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management. DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2019.1637977Online
Perrion, M.A., M.A. Kaemingk, K.D. Koupal, C.W. Schoenebeck, and N.A. Bickford. In press. Use of otolith chemistry to assess recruitment and habitat use of a white bass fishery in a Nebraska reservoir. Lake and Reservoir Management.Online
Kaemingk, M., Chizinski, C., Hurley, K. L., Pope, K. L. 2018. Synchrony - An emergent property of recreational fisheries. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55(6), 2986-2996.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, C.P. Paukert, D.W. Willis, K. Henderson, R.S. Holland, G.A. Wanner, and M. Lindvall. 2017. Common carp disrupt ecosystem structure and function through middle-out effects. Marine and Freshwater Research. (68), 718-731.Online
Stahr, K., Kaemingk, M. 2017. An evaluation of emergent macrophytes and use among groups of aquatic taxa. Lake and Reservoir Management(33), 314-323.Online
Bogner, D. M., Kaemingk, M., Wuellner, M. R. 2016. Consequences of hatch phenology on stages of fish recruitment. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164980.Online
Breeggemann, J., Kaemingk, M., Letvin, A., Krause, J., Stevens, T., DeBates, T., Paukert, C., Willis, D., Chipps, S. 2016. Potential direct and indirect effects of climate change on a shallow natural lake fish assemblage. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 25: Online
Kaemingk, M., Essig, R., McMullin, S., Bonds, C., DeBruyne, R., Myrick, C., Phelps, Q., Sutton, T., Triplett, J. 2016. Examining the relevancy and utility of the American Fisheries Society certification program to prepare future fisheries professionals. FOnline
McMullin, S.L., V. Dicenzo, R. Essig, C. Bonds, R.L. DeBruyne, M.A. Kaemingk, M.E. Mather, C. Myrick, Q. Phelps, T.M. Sutton, and J. Triplett. 2016. Are we preparing the next generation of fisheries professionals to succeed in their careers?: A survey of Online
Kaemingk, M.A., B.D.S. Graeb, and D.W. Willis. 2014. Temperature, hatch date, and prey availability influence age-0 yellow perch growth and survival. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:845-855.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., K.J. Stahr, J.C. Jolley, R.S. Holland, and D.W. Willis. 2014. Evidence for bluegill spawning plasticity obtained by disentangling complex factors related to recruitment. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:93-105.Online
Hayer, C.-A., M.A. Kaemingk, J.J. Breeggemann, D.J. Dembkowski, D. Deslauriers, and T. Rapp. 2013. Pressures to publish: catalysts for the loss of scientific writing integrity? Fisheries 38:348-351.
Jolley, J.C., E.S. Albin, M.A. Kaemingk, and D.W. Willis. 2013. A survey of aquatic invertebrate communities in Nebraska Sandhill lakes reveals potential alternative ecosystem states. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 4:151-162.Online
Jolley, J.C., M.A. Kaemingk, D.W. Willis, and R.S. Holland. 2013. Overwinter mortality of sympatric juvenile bluegill and yellow perch in mid-temperate prairie lakes. The Open Fish Science Journal 6:58-70.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., D.J. Dembkowski, H.A. Meyer, and L.M. Gigliotti. 2013. Insights for undergraduates seeking an advanced degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences. Fisheries 38:483-490.
Stahr, K.J., M.A. Kaemingk, and D.W. Willis. 2013. Factors associated with bluegill nest site selection within a shallow, natural lake. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 28:283-292.
VanDeHey, J.A., M.A. Kaemingk, A.C. Jansen, B.D.S Graeb, D.J. Dembkowski, and D.W. Willis. 2013. Effects of simulated cold fronts on the survival and behavior of yellow perch Perca flavescens yolk-sac fry. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 29:364-367.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., and D.W. Willis. 2012. Mensurative approach to examine potential interactions between age-0 yellow perch (Perca flavescens) and bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus). Aquatic Ecology 46:353-362.
Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, D.W. Willis, and S.R. Chipps. 2012. Priority effects among young-of-the-year fish: reduced growth of bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus) caused by yellow perch (Perca flavescens)? Freshwater Biology 57:654-665.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., T.L. Galarowicz, J. Clevenger, D.F. Clapp, and H. Lenon. 2012. Fish assemblage shifts and population dynamics of smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in the Beaver Archipelago, northern Lake Michigan: A comparison between historical an
Kaemingk, M.A., A. Clem, and T.L. Galarowicz. 2011. The influence of habitat and environment on smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) nest sites and nest success in northern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:380-385.
Kaemingk, M.A., J.C. Jolley, D.W. Willis, and B.D.S. Graeb. 2011. Exploring spatial distributions of larval yellow perch Perca flavescens, bluegill Lepomis macrochirus, and their prey in relation to wind. Journal of Fish Biology 78:1132-1151.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., M.J. Weber, P.R. McKenna, and M.L. Brown. 2011. Effect of passive integrated transponder tag implantation site on tag retention, growth, and survival of two sizes of juvenile bluegills and yellow perch. North American Journal of Fisheri
Kaemingk, M.A., T.L. Galarowicz, J. Clevenger, and D.F. Clapp. 2011. Movement of smallmouth bass within the Beaver Island Archipelago, Northern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:625-631.Online
Kaemingk, M.A., B.D.S. Graeb, C.W. Hoagstrom, and D.W. Willis. 2007. Patterns of fish diversity in a mainstem Missouri River reservoir and associated delta in South Dakota and Nebraska, USA. River Research and Applications 23:786-791.Online



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyFisheries ScienceSouth Dakota State University2013
Master of ScienceConservation BiologyCentral Michigan University2009
Bachelor of ScienceWildlife and FisheriesSouth Dakota State University2006




Professional Organizations

American Fisheries Society
Ecological Society of America


SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology


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 TitleAssessment of Angler Use and Catch during 2020 at Sutherland Reservoir
Starting Date03/09/2020


Ending Date02/26/2021
Funding Level$56,230.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Public Power District


Grant TitleHuman Dimensions of Nebraska's Fisheries
Starting Date01/01/2019


Ending Date12/31/2019
Funding Level$1,747,226.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Games and Parks Commision


Grant TitleAssessment of Angler Use and Catch 2018 Sutherland
Starting Date03/23/2018


Ending Date01/31/2019
Funding Level$54,723.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Public Power District


Grant TitleSutherland Rsvr 2016 Assessment
Starting Date02/25/2016


Ending Date01/31/2017
Funding Level$50,274.00
Funding AgencyNPPD