Jenna Ruoss

Jenna Ruoss

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Interests

Contact Information

DegreeDoctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences with a specialization in Applied Ecology
Address013 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
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Advisor(s)Mark Pegg
Jonathan Spurgeon


Contact Preference


Office Hours

By appointment

My Story

Hi, my name is Jenna Ruoss and I am currently working on my PhD studying pallid sturgeon use in the lower Platte River using acoustic telemetry, with Dr. Mark Pegg and Dr. Jonathan Spurgeon as my co-advisors. My journey to fisheries has been a winding road, and one that I did not see coming. In undergrad, where I started my research career, I worked on a project in which the goal was to construct an aquatic food web that incorporated fish parasites. This project was the first time I had seined or used a backpack electrofisher to survey fish communities in streams. However, my interest in fisheries did not truly start there as I was more interested in the parasites of the fish. My love for fisheries started while attending graduate school at Ball State University where I completed my Master’s in Biology. My project examined how fish communities and their associated parasites were shaped by the surrounding land-use. While staring at a rainbow darter, one of my favorite fish, I became fascinated with fish ecology/biology and have become passionate about the field ever since. After graduate school I worked as a seasonal fisheries technician at Midwest Biodiversity Institute and then moved on to a conservation technican II position with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. I have since gained a deep appreciation for native fish species, and thus am extremely excited to work with the endangered pallid sturgeon.

Jenna Ruoss with fish

When I’m not in the lab/field, you’ll find me rock climbing, hiking, fishing, or simply walking my dog, Chance!

Jenna Ruoss with her dog

Selected Publications

Mapes, C.C., J.P. Ruoss, and K. Tessier. (2019) The relationship between gall size and sizes of selected inhabitants of the ball gall of Eurosta solidaginis on Solidago altissima. Formosan Entomologist, 38:78-87.



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Master of ArtsBiologyBall State University2020
Bachelor of ScienceEnvironmental Science/BiologyKutztown University of Pennsylvania2018




Professional Organizations

American Fisheries Society



Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Fisheries
  • Native species conservation
  • Ecology
  • Parasitology