Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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About the Tennessee Unit

Research Assistant Kendall Moles preparing for a dive

Cooperative Research Units have three facets to their mission: (1) Education, (2) Research, and (3) Technical Assistance.

The Tennessee Unit currently consists of two federal scientists and 1 administrative specialist. The Unit Leader, Dr. Mark Rogers, provides administrative oversight to all Unit activities in addition to carrying out the standard roles of a Unit scientist. The Assistant Unit Leader, Dr. Amanda Rosenberger, teaches graduate courses, mentors graduate students, and conducts research on a variety of aquatic biology topics. These research projects, funded by various federal and state agencies, typically support graduate students and post-docs. Dr. Phil Bettoli and Dr. Jim Layzer are retired, but hold Emeritus status in the Biology Department and remain active in Unit activities.


We are housed within the Department of Biology at Tennessee Tech University in Pennebaker Hall.

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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 4

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 8

Scientific Publications: 33

Presentations: 86


Contact Us

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cookeville, TN 38505-0001 Phone: (931) 372 - 3094 Fax: (931) 372 - 6257

Unit Leader

Mark Rogers
Dr. Mark Rogers, Unit Leader, Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit

I spent six years as a fisheries research biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center working on Lakes Michigan, Superior, and Erie after earning my PhD at the University of Florida. I started as the Unit Leader for the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit in December 2015.

Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Tennessee Technological University
  2. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey