Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program:
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Staff Member

Zach B Klein

Zach Klein

Phone: (303) 249 - 4190


I grew up in Colorado, but received a B.S. in Biology from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I returned to the West and worked for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG). I worked for IDFG for two years and then became a commercial fisheries observer stationed in Astoria, Oregon. Following my stint in Oregon, I earned a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Mike Quist investigating trophic interactions between Mysis shrimp and kokanee. Additionally, my project seeks to understand effective sampling techniques for kokanee and evaluate potential performance differences between early- and late-run kokanee. When I am not in the field or office, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and spending time with my wife and our two dogs. . I am broadly interested in applied freshwater fish ecology. My current research is looking at illegally introduced burbot in the Green river drainage, Wyoming. I am particularly interested in learning about Green river burbot population demographics and dynamics while providing managers with tools to effectively manage burbot populations.