Will Radigan

Will Radigan

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Contact Information

DegreeDoctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Applied Ecology
Address244 North Hardin Hall
3310 HoldregeLincoln NE
  • office: 605-695-6381
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Advisor(s)Mark Pegg


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Cell Phone

Office Hours

M, T, W, R, F 8 am – 5 pm

My Story

Hello, I'm Will Radigan, and I'm currently working on my PhD studying walleye movement and entrainment on Lewis and Clark under the advising of Dr. Mark Pegg. My research will inform fisheries management to benefit South Dakota and Nebraska anglers by providing insight into immigration/emigration and distribution of walleye in the reservoir.

Canyon Ferry

I grew up in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and was taught young to appreciate the outdoors and the role hunting/fishing play in supporting our public areas. My research has focused on informing sport fish (and their prey) management in the Missouri River system ever since. Prior projects have included quantifying the impact of the 2011 flood on gizzard shad and walleye natal origins and adult movement using otolith microchemistry, and evaluating abiotic and biotic factors affecting age-0 native fish and sport fish abundance in the four Missouri River reservoirs of South Dakota.

When I'm not working, you can find me fishing or duck hunting!

Will and birds

Selected Publications

Radigan, W. J., and M. J. Fincel. 2021. Factors related to age-0 sport-fish abundance in four mainstem Missouri River reservoirs. Fisheries Management and Ecology. 28: 1-13.
Radigan, W. J. and M. J. Fincel. 2020. Factors related to age-0 native fish catch per unit effort in the South Dakota Missouri River reservoirs. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management: 11: 1-16.
Radigan, W. J., A. K. Carlson, M. J. Fincel, and B. D. S. Graeb. 2019. Effects of the 2011 Missouri River flood on Walleye natal recruitment and habitat use in Lake Sharpe, South Dakota. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 34: 213-228.
Radigan, W. J., and M. J. Fincel. 2019. Factors affecting White Bass abundance in two Missouri River reservoirs. The Prairie Naturalist 51: 3-16.



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Master of ScienceWildlife and Fisheries SciencesSouth Dakota State University2017
Bachelor of ScienceFisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation BiologyColorado State University2014





TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
Robert A. Klumb HAMMS (Habitat, Aquatics, and Management of the Missouri River System) Award.South Dakota State University2016


Professional Organizations

American Fisheries SocietyMember since 2014



Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Fish movement
  • Entrainment
  • Acoustic telemetry
  • Walleye
  • Sauger