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Dr. Craig Paukert

Craig Paukert


  • Ph D South Dakota State University 2001
  • MS Oklahoma State University 1998
  • BS University of Minnesota 1993


I serve as the Unit Leader of the Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. I am originally from Wisconsin and received my degrees from Minnesota, Oklahoma State, and South Dakota State.

Research Interests

My main research interests are conservation and management of stream and river fishes. However, I also have a background and interest in lake and reservoirs fisheries and have conducted research on systems such as the Colorado and Missouri Rivers, but also large reservoirs, natural lakes, and small streams.

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - Past president, Education Section (August 2015 - August 2017)
  • American Fisheries Society - Co-Chair, Symposium Committee, AFS Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO (August 2015 - August 2016)
  • American Fisheries Society - Symposia Committee, American Fisheries Society Meeting in Kansas City (August 2015 - August 2016)
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Research Publications

  • Whittier, J., J. Westhoff, C. Paukert, and R. Rotman. Submitted. Use of multiple temperature logger models can alter conclusions. Water.
  • Moore, M., C. Paukert, and T. Moore. In press. Effects of latitude, season and temperature on Lake Sturgeon movement. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
  • Dunn, C. G., and C. P. Paukert. In press. A Flexible Survey Design for Monitoring Spatiotemporal Fish Richness in Non-wadeable Rivers: Optimizing Efficiency by Integrating Gears. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Perspectives for Emerging Professionals (2020)
  • Perspectives for Emerging Professionals (2019)
  • Advanded Fisheries Science (2018)
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Missouri Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Craig PaukertUSFWS, Missouri River Effects Analysis Expert Panel (July 2014 - July 2015)
  • Craig PaukertUSFWS, Midwest Region, Committee on Fish Passage for WI River (February 2014 - June 2015)
  • Craig PaukertInternational Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage (July 2013 - July 2014)
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Missouri University Committees and Workgroups

  • Craig PaukertChair, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Section, Division of Biology, kansas State University (August 2009 - May 2010)

Technical Publications

  • Distribution and Abundance of Fishes in the Kansas River. Final report to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.
  • Bouska, W. W., C. P. Paukert, and T. Keane. 2009. Inventory and assessment of road-stream crossings for aquatic organism passage, with recommendations for culvert design. Final report, Kansas Department of Transportation, KTRANS Program, Project Number KSU 07-6, Topeka.
  • Proffer, M., and C. Paukert. 2009. Zooplankton Dynamics of Marion Lake. Report to Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and US Army Corps of Engineers.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 6

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 75

Presentations: 246

Missouri Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Missouri Department of Conservation
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Missouri
  5. Wildlife Management Institute