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Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor

Steve Chipps Unit Leader Tel: (605) 688 - 5467

I serve as the Unit Leader of the South Dakota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. My research interests include feeding ecology and energetics of fishes, and my students and I are currently working on trout management in the Black Hills, and pallid sturgeon ecology in the Missouri River. Originally from Virginia, I attended the University of Idaho (Ph.D.), West Virginia University (M.S.) and Davis & Elkins College (B.S.).

Dr. Larry Gigliotti, Assistant Unit Leader, Human Dimensions, SD CFWRU

Larry Gigliotti Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (605) 688 - 6717

Larry obtained his B.S. in biology (wildlife ecology) from Pennsylvania State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in human dimensions from Michigan State University. Larry is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and was a Certified Fisheries Scientist.

Banding a drake redhead near Fergus Falls, Minnesota.  Summer 2013.

Joshua Stafford Assistant Unit Leader Tel: (605) 688 - 5759

I received a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University (1997), and M.S. in Wildlife Science from South Dakota State University (2000), and a Ph.D. in Forest Resources (Wildlife) from Mississippi State University (2004). I served as the Director of the Illinois Natural History Survey's Forbes Biological Station from 2004-2011.

University Staff

Jiyoung Kim

Jiyoung Kim Tel: (605) 688 - 4785

Students and Post Docs

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Cindy Anchor

I developed a passion for wildlife and the outdoors on a small farm in central Pennsylvania, spending my free time duck hunting and bass fishing on the Susquehanna River. I earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from California University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and spent the next four years working as a waterfowl technician for Ducks Unlimited, VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, MN Department of Natural Resources, and Ph.D. students from Mississippi State, Texas Tech, and SDSU. I am currently working with Dr. Joshua Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse on my master’s degree, studying the post-fledging ecology of mallard ducks in North and South Dakota using satellite telemetry.

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Megan Figura

Megan is from Montana where she also attended Montana State University and received her Bachelor’s in Organismal Biology. Megan has had a passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation since childhood and only further fostered by the many natural treasures to be found in the Big Sky Country. In her time there she participated in the local chapter of The Wildlife Society, Breeding Bird Surveys, and assisted in research on Lewis’ Woodpeckers in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Now, she is working on her Master’s evaluating the impacts of cover crops on song birds in Southeastern Iowa with Dr. Joshua Stafford in order to advise possible management strategies for the use of cover crops across the Corn Belt.

Sam Fino, PhD with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse.

Samantha Fino

Sam is from southwestern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology in 2015. She went on to receive her MS in Wildlife and Fisheries Resources from West Virginia University in 2017 where she studied the effect of the small mammal community on spatiotemporal distributions of blacklegged ticks and Lyme disease prevalence on Fort Drum Military Installation, NY. During her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she participated in various projects, such as those that involved bioenergetics for wintering black ducks, mesocarnivore occupancy, fawn mortality, and monitoring the movements of black rhinos in South Africa. Currently, Sam is working towards a PhD researching waterfowl nestling survival and predator community ecology with Dr. Josh Stafford and Dr. Aaron Pearse in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University.

Austin Galinat, M.S. Student with Dr. Steven Chipps

Austin Galinat

Austin is from Rapid City, South Dakota and received his BS degree from South Dakota State University. Before beginning graduate studies, Austin worked as a Fisheries Research Technician with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. His primary duties included trout population assessments and habitat restoration in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. Austin is currently working on his master’s degree, evaluating the role of mink predation on brown trout abundance and size structure in Rapid Creek, SD with Dr. Steve Chipps.

Will Gallman - Dr. Josh Stafford's M.S. Student

Will Gallman

Will is from North Carolina and received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University in 2017. During his undergraduate career he interned with Clemson’s James C. Kennedy Waterfowl and Wetland Conservation Center and with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Will is working on his M.S. degree evaluating the use of cover crops for grassland nesting waterfowl in Eastern South Dakota with Dr. Josh Stafford.

Alex Michels

Alex Michels

Alex grew up in a small town in Iowa and has always loved living creatures. As a kid, she made her own fishing pole from a stick and biked around town with a basketful of frogs. She graduated from USD with BS degrees in Biology and Spanish. After graduating, Alex interned at the Great Plains Zoo working with the large carnivores, then at a bovine embryology lab, which led to a position at Sanford Advanced Reproductive Lab. She still yearned for the outdoors, so she then spent two years with USFWS in Madison, SD conducting waterfowl and shorebird surveys, monitoring nesting habitat on WPAs and restoring tallgrass prairie. Then, she worked at Blue Dasher Farm’s insect research lab participating in several projects involving neonicotinoids and regenerative agriculture. Currently, Alex is working towards a master’s degree studying pollinator diversity and insect services in regenerative agroecosystems in Canada.

Chuck Mordhorst

Chuck Mordhorst

Chuck iss a GRA for Dr. Steve Chipps studying survival of stocked rainbow trout in reservoirs in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He is from the Black Hills and received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University. Chuck has held a variety of positions for South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks and the Department of Naturals Resource Management at South Dakota State University. His primary interests are cold water ecology and pursuing salmonids with a fly rod.

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Trent Rohrer

Trenton is from Illinois and received his B.S. in Wildlife Ecology Research and Management from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in 2017. He worked as an intern on a Black-Footed Ferret Project for Arizona Game and Fish Dept., a Wood Duck project technician for a UW-SP, and he did undergraduate research on wood ducks as well. After he graduated Trenton took a position with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as the Assistant Migratory Game Bird Ecologist for two years. Trenton is working on his M.S. degree studying overwater nesting duck ecology in Southwestern Manitoba with Dr. Josh Stafford and Delta Waterfowl.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 7

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 55

Presentations: 117

 

Contact Us

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Brookings, SD 57007-1696 Phone: (605) 688 - 4785 Fax: (605) 688 - 4515 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Steve Chipps
Dr. Steven R. Chipps, Unit Leader-Professor

I serve as the Unit Leader of the South Dakota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. My research interests include feeding ecology and energetics of fishes, and my students and I are currently working on trout management in the Black Hills, and pallid sturgeon ecology in the Missouri River. Originally from Virginia, I attended the University of Idaho (Ph.D.), West Virginia University (M.S.) and Davis & Elkins College (B.S.).

South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  2. South Dakota State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute