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

Mississippi Staff Member


Kevin R Keretz

Phone: (610) 841 - 6152
Email: kkeretz@usgs.gov

Education

  • BA Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 2011

Biography

I am originally from southeast Pennsylvania, and I obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fisheries Biology from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania in 2011. While at Mansfield, I participated in assessments of impacts of woody debris, artificial habitat structures, and hooking mortality on wild trout populations; stream macroinvertebrate and fish inventories; channel catfish aquaculture; and stocked Muskellunge ecology. Research experiences were accompanied by a suite of employment opportunities during and after my time at Mansfield University. Time spent with the National Park Service (Yellowstone National Park), Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (Kenai, AK), Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station aided in my professional development and helped to define my research interests which include applied conservation biology, natural resource dynamics and economics, fish population analysis, fisheries ecology/management, and ecosystem structure. In 2014, I accepted a M.S. research assistantship position at Mississippi State University under advisor Dr. Hal Schramm. My thesis research is focused on determining the impact of ambient water temperature, livewell water temperature, and livewell dissolved oxygen concentration on the survival of angler- and tournament-caught Largemouth Bass. In addition to my thesis, I have been actively involved in a number of research projects being conducting through the Mississippi Cooperative Research Unit, and within the South Farm Aquaculture Facility at Mississippi State University. These and other experiences over the last several years helped to facilitate my understanding for fisheries conservation and management and have provided me with an excellent foundation of knowledge that can be used in my pursuit of becoming an agency/federal fisheries biologist in the near future.

Research Interest

fisheries science and management, fish ecology, predator prey analysis

Presentations Presentation Date
Keretz, K.R., and H.L. Schramm, Jr. 2015. Measuring largemouth bass mortality: needs, methods and applications. Annual Meeting, Mississippi Chapter, American Fisheries Society. Vicksburg, Mississippi, 26 March. 2015-03-25
Keretz, K.R., H.L. Schramm Jr., C.P. Dinken, and P.J. Allen. 2017. Independent effects of temperature, dissolved oxygen, and swimming on survival of angler-caught Largemouth Bass. Annual meeting, Southern Division American Fisheries Society. 4 February 2017. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2017-02-04
Keretz, K.R., C.P. Dinken, P.J. Allen, and H.L. Schramm, Jr. 2016. Impact of Water Temperature on the Survival of Angler- and Tournament-Caught Largemouth Bass. Annual Meeting, American Fisheries Society, 21-25 August. Kansas City, Missouri. 2016-08-23
Keretz, K.R., C.P. Dinken, P.J. Allen, and H.L. Schramm, Jr. 2016. Estimation of largemouth bass survival in a simulated catch-and-release fishery. Southern Division, American Fisheries Society, Wheeling, West Virginia, 20 February. 2016-02-20
Dinken, C.P., K.R. Keretz, P.J. Allen, and H.L. Schramm. 2017. Physiological effects of temperature, dissolved oxygen and handling on recovery of Largemouth Bass from simulated angling stress. Mississippi and Alabama Chapters of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Biloxi, Mississippi. 2017-02-24
Dinken, C.P., K.R. Keretz, P.J. Allen, and H.L. Schramm, Jr. 2016. Naturalization of largemouth bass from formulated to live diets, with implications for hatchery and fisheries management. Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Wheeling, West Virginia, 20 February. 2016-02-20
Dinken, C.P., K.R. Keretz, H.L. Schramm, and P.J. Allen. 2016. Physiological changes in largemouth bass after switching from formulated to live diets. 12th International Congress on the Biology of Fish, 12-16 June 2016, San Marcos, Texas. 2016-06-13
Dinken, C., K. Keretz, H. Schramm, and P. Allen. 2017. Physiological effects of temperature, dissolved oxygen and handling on recovery of Largemouth Bass from simulated angling stress. World Recreational Fishing Conference, 16-20 July, Victoria Canada. 2017-07-19
DeVries, R.J., J. Porter, K.R. Keretz, and H.L. Schramm. 2015. Growth rates of Pallid Sturgeon and Shovelnose Sturgeon in the lower Mississippi River and beyond. Annual Meeting, Mississippi Chapter, American Fisheries Society. Vicksburg, Mississippi, 26 March. 2015-03-26