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

Tennessee Staff Member


Dr. Mark W. Rogers

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

Unit Leader
Phone: (931) 372 - 3032
Email: mwrogers@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: mwrogers@tntech.edu

Education

  • Ph D University of Florida 2007
  • MS University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2002
  • BS North Carolina State University 1997

Biography

I spent six years as a Fishery Research Biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center 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. As Unit Leader, I work closely with partners to deliver products that support their needs as well as advance the science field. I mentor graduate students and Post-docs to help them grow in their science confidence and capability with the ultimate goal of supporting them on their career pathways. My research interests include fisheries ecology and management, population dynamics, and ecological modeling. My research in Tennessee focuses on invasive carps, food web ecology, and fisheries management. I use a combination of field studies and experimental studies to address hypotheses. I have worked on multiple global inland fisheries projects and have studied fisheries in sub-tropical and temperate lakes and reservoirs, the Laurentian Great Lakes, and Australian rivers.

Areas of Expertise

Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Management, Population Dynamics, Statistics and Modelling

Taxon Groups Studied

Freshwater Fishes, Gamefish

Research Publications Publication Date
Woelmer, W.M., Y-C Kao, D.B. Bunnell, A.M. Deines, D.H. Bennion, M.W. Rogers, C.N. Brooks, M.J. Sayers, D.M. Banach, A.G. Grimm, R.A. Schuchman. 2017. Assessing the influence of watershed characteristics on chlorophyll a in water bodies at global and regional scales. Inland Waters. April 2017
Walker, D.M., J.E. Leys, K.E. Dunham, J.C., Oliver, E.E. Schiller, K.S. Stephenson, J.T. Kimrey, J. Wooten, M.W. Rogers. 2017. Methodological considerations for detection of terrestrial small-body salamander eDNA and implications for biodiversity conservation. Molecular Ecology Resources. April 2017
Twardek, W. M., I.G. Cowx, N. Lapointe, C. P. Paukert, T. D. Beard, E. M. Bennett, D. Browne, A. K. Carlson, K. D. Clarke, Z. Hogan, K. Lorenzen, A. J. Lynch, P. B. McIntyre, P. Pompeu, M. Rogers, A. Sakas, W. W. Taylor, T. D.Ward, Z. Basher, and S. J.Cooke. 2022. Bright spots for inland fish and fisheries to guide future hydropower development. Water Biology and Security .https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watbs.2022.100009. February 2022
Schaeffer, J.S., M.W. Rogers, D.G. Field, and seven coauthors. 2014. Designing long-term fish community assessments in connecting channels: Lessons from the Saint Marys River. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40(supplement 2):15-22. March 2014
Sayers, M.J., A.G. Grimm, R.A. Shuchman, A.M. Deines, D.B. Bunnell, Z.B. Raymer, M.W. Rogers, W. Woelmer, D.H. Bennion, C.N. Brooks, M.A. Whitley, D.M. Warner, J.Mychek-Londer. 2015. A new method to generate a high-resolution global distribution map of lake chlorophyll. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36:1942-1964. April 2015
Rogers, M.W., and J.N. Murdock. 2018. Final Report Cooperative Agreement Award No. F16AC01049: Effects of Asian Carp Invasion on the Food Web of a Mussel Biodiversity Hotspot in Tennessee. A Final Report to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Atlanta, Georgia. July 2018
Rogers, M.W., D.B. Bunnell, C.P. Madenjian, D.M. Warner. 2014. Lake Michigan offshore ecosystem structure and food web changes from 1987 to 2008. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. July 2014
Rogers, M.W., A.B. Barbour, K.L. Wilson. 2014. Trade-offs in experimental designs for estimating post-release mortality in containment studies. Fisheries Research 151:130-135. March 2014
Post van der Burg, M., Smith, D.R., Cupp, A.R., Rogers, M.W., and Chapman, D.C., 2021, Decision analysis of barrier placement and targeted removal to control invasive carp in the Tennessee River Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1068, 18 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211068. June 2021
Lynch, A.J., S.J. Cooke, A. Deines, S. Bower, D.B. Bunnell, I.G. Cowx, V.M. Nguyen, J. Nohner, K. Phouthavong, B. Riley, M.W. Rogers, W.W. Taylor, W.M. Woelmer, S. Youn, T.D. Beard, Jr. 2016. The social, economic, and ecological importance of inland fishes and fisheries. Environmental Reviews 24(2):115-121 February 2016
Lynch, A. J., S. J. Cooke, T. D. Beard, Jr., Y.-C. Kao, K. Lorenzen, A. M. Song, M.S. Allen, Z. Basher, D. B. Bunnell, E. V. Camp, I. G. Cowx, J. A. Freedman, V. M. Nguyen, J. K. Nohner, M. W. Rogers, Z. A. Siders, W. W. Taylor, S. Youn. 2017. Grand challenges in the management and conservation of North American inland fish and fisheries. Fisheries. February 2017
Lynch, A. J., N. A. Sievert, H. S. Embke, A. M. Robertson, B. J. E. Myers, M. S. Allen, Z. S. Feiner, F. Hoogakker, S. Knoche, R. M. Krogman, S. R. Midway, C. L. Nieman, C. P. Paukert, K. L. Pope, M. W. Rogers, L. S. Wszola, and T. D. Beard, Jr. 2021. The U.S. inland creel and angler survey catalog (CreelCat): development, applications, and opportunities. Fisheries 46:574-583. | Download November 2021
Lynch, A. J., D. M. Bartley, T. D. Beard, Jr., D. B. Bunnell, S. J. Cooke, I. G. Cowx, S. Funge-Smith, C. P. Paukert, M. W. Rogers, and W. W. Taylor. 2020. InFish: A research network to promote global conservation and responsible use of inland fish. Fisheries https://doi.org/10.1002/fsh.10419 April 2020
Kraus, R.T., C.S. Vandergoot, P.M. Kocovsky, M.W. Rogers, H.A. Cook, T.O. Brenden. 2017. Reconciling catch differences from multiple fishery independent gill net surveys. Fisheries Research 188:17-22. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2016.12.004 | Abstract April 2017
Kinney, D., D. Bunnell, M. Rogers, A. Lynch, D. Beard, S. Funge-Smith. Submitted. 2020. Inland commercial fisheries in the United States: carp, catfish, and gaps in national reporting. Fisheries. July 2020
Kerns, J.A., M.W. Rogers, D.B. Bunnell, R.M. Claramunt, and P.D. Collingsworth. 2016. Comparing Life History Characteristics of Lake Michigan's Naturalized and Stocked Chinook Salmon. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. August 2016
Kao, Y.C., M.W. Rogers, D.B. Bunnell, I.G. Cowx, S.S. Qian, et al. 2020. Assessing effects of climate and land-use changes on global lake fisheries. Nature Communications May 2020
Kao, Y-C., M.W. Rogers, D.B. Bunnell. 2017. Evaluating stocking efficacy in an ecosystem undergoing oligotrophication. Ecosystems.doi.org/10.1007/s10021-017-0173-5 | Abstract July 2017
Jennings, C. A., M. Allen, C. Belcher, R. Bringolf, D. Dennerline, T. Goar, K. Kuklinski, J. Long, P. Mazik, D. Riecke, and M. Rogers. Congratulations on Your Promotion to Management: Considerations for New Supervisory Biologists. 2020. Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 7:103-113. | Abstract | Publisher Website March 2020
J. Whitney, R. Al-Chokhachy, D. Bunnell, C. Caldwell, S. Cooke, E. Eliason, M.Rogers, A. J. Lynch, C. Paukert. 2016. Physiological basis of climate change impacts on North American inland fish. Fisheries. 41(7): 332-345. DOI: 10.1080/03632415.2016.1186656 July 2016
Hrycik, AR, PD Collingsworth, MW Rogers, SC Guffey, and TO Hook. 2017. Seasonal structuring of yellow perch trophic indicators outweighs spatial structuring in a large lake basin. Journal of Great Lakes Research. April 2018
Hargrove, J.S., M.W. Rogers, P.T. Kacmar. 2019. Quantifying contributions to tournament catches among resident, stocked, and hybrid black basses (Micropterus spp.) Fisheries Management and Ecology. November 2019
Hargrove, J.S., M.W. Rogers, P.T. Kacmar, and P. Black. 2019. A statewide evaluation of Florida Bass genetic admixture across a gradient of stocking rates and reservoirs in Tennessee. North American Journal of Fisheries Management April 2019
Deines, A.M., D.B. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers, and ten coauthors. 2017. The contribution of lakes to global inland fisheries harvest. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 15(6):293-298. DOI: 10.1002/fee.1503 June 2017
Deines, A.M., D.B. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers, T.D. Beard, Jr., and W.W. Taylor. 2015. A review of the global relationship among freshwater fish, autotrophic activity, and regional climate. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 25:323-336. March 2015
Breck, J.E., C.P. Simon, E.S. Rutherford, B.S. Low, P.J. Lamberson, M.W. Rogers. 2020. The geometry of reaction norms yields insights on classical fitness functions for Great Lakes salmon. PLOS ONE. March 2020
Flanagan, Thomas
Master's
tflanagan@tntech.edu

Hoogakker, Fritz
Master's
fjhoogakke42@tntech.edu

Irby, Rachael
Master's
rirby@tntech.edu

Padgett, Ashley
Master's
anpadge@g.clemson.edu

Paine, Robert
Post Doc
rtpaine42@students.tntech.edu

Wesley, Victor
Master's
vpwesley@tntech.edu

Wood, William
Master's
wtwood42@students.tntech.edu

Presentations Presentation Date
Wood, W.T., M.W. Rogers. 2019. Abundance and population controls of bigheaded carp in a productive southeastern reservoir. Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. October 2019
Wood WT, MW Rogers. 2019. Abundance and population controls of bigheaded carp in a productive southeastern reservoir. 2019 Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Galveston, Texas. January 2019
Wesley, V.P., M.W. Rogers. 2021. Age and growth of three important commercially harvested fishes in Tennessee: Skipjack Herring, Silver Carp, and Smallmouth Buffalo. Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. February 2021
Stewart, T.R., T.L. Cox, M.E. Colvin, C.G. Dunn, M.W. Rogers, and L.E. Miranda. 2022. Simulation tools for estimating statistical power to monitor invasive carps. 152<sup>nd</sup> Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Spokane, Washington. August 2022
Stewart, T.R., M.E. Colvin, C.G. Dunn, M.W. Rogers, and L.E. Miranda. 2022. Teamwork makes the dream work: an app to standardize inter-agency invasive carps surveillance. 152<sup>nd</sup> Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Spokane, Washington. August 2022
Sievert, N., A. J. Lynch, H. S. Embke, A. Robertson, B. J. E. Myers, M. S. Allen, Z. S. Feiner, F. Hoogakker, S. Knoche, S. R. Midway, C. L. Nieman, C. P. Paukert, K. L. Pope, M W. Rogers, L. Wszola, T. D. Beard, Jr. November 2021. The U.S. Inland Creel and Angler Survey Catalog (CreelCat): A database and interactive tool for inland fisheries management and research. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD November 2021
Rogers, MW. 2019. Congratulations on your new project; uhhh, what now? Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Hilton Head, SC. October 2019
Rogers, M.W., W.T. Wood, Y-C Kao. 2019. An ecosystem model for population controls and ecological effects of bigheaded carp in a productive southeastern reservoir. Ecopath 25, St. Petersburg, Florida. December 2019
Rogers, M.W., J. Murdock. 2018. Influences of Asian Carp invasion on a native mussel biodiversity hotspot in Tennessee. Southern Division of American Fisheries Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico. March 2018
Rogers, M.W., J. Murdock, D. Hubbs. 2018. Implications of Silver Carp invasion on the Food Web of a Freshwater Mussel Biodiversity Hotspot. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mobile, Alabama. October 2018
Rogers, M.W., A. Deines, D.B. Bunnell, D. Bennion, A.J. Lynch, S.J. Cooke, and T.D. Beard, Jr. North American Inland Fisheries: Knowns, Unknowns, and Management Challenges. May 2016. World Fisheries Congress. Busan, South Korea. May 2016
Rogers, M.W., A. Deines, D.B. Bunnell, D. Bennion, A.J. Lynch, S.J. Cooke, and T.D. Beard, Jr. North American Inland Fisheries: Knowns, Unknowns, and Management Challenges. February 2017. Southern Division of American Fisheries Society, Oklahoma City. February 2017
Rogers, M.W. 2020. Asian Carp status and research efforts for informing TVA environmental assessment in the Tennessee River. TVA Environmental Assessment webinar series. May 2020
Paine, R.T.R., M.W. Rogers, C. Hurt. 2018. Environmental DNA (eDNA) tracking of the invasive Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) in the Duck River, Tennessee. Southeastern Fishers Council Annual Meeting, South Carolina. November 2018
Padgett, A., M.W. Rogers. 2021. Lower food web selectivity by bigheaded carps in southeastern reservoirs. Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. February 2021
M.W. Rogers, Wood, W.T., Koa, Y-C. 2020. An Ecosystem Model for Population Controls and Ecological Effects of Bigheaded Carp in a Productive Southeastern Reservoir. Southern Division of American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas. February 2020
M.W. Rogers, C.R. Harty, P.W. Bettoli. 2020. Investigation of Channel Catfish and Blue Catfish Population Dynamics in Three Tennessee River Reservoirs. Southern Division of American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Little Rock, Arkansas. February 2020
Lynch, A.J., Z. Basher, Y.-C. Kao, T.D. Beard, Jr., D.B. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers, and W.W. Taylor. Estimating inland fisheries harvest potential with global change. May 2016. World Fisheries Congress. Busan, South Korea. May 2016
Lynch, A.J., S.J. Cooke, A. Deines, S. Bower, D.B. Bunnell, I.G. Cowx, V.M. Nguyen, J. Nohner, K. Phouthavong, B. Riley, M.W. Rogers, W.W. Taylor, W.M. Woelmer, S.J. Youn. T.D. Beard, Jr. 2016 The social, economical, and ecological importance of inland fishes and fisheries. International Union for the Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress. Honolulu, Hawaii. September 2016
Kao,Y-C., Rogers, M.W., Bunnell, D.B. 2016. How will salmonine stocking levels, nutrient inputs, and mussel trajectories influence the Lake Michigan food web? International Association of Great Lakes Research Annual Meeting. June 2016
Kao, Y.C., M.W. Rogers, D.B. Bunnell, and others. Effects of climate change and land use on large lake fisheries around the world. Raleigh, NC. 2017 Society of Freshwater Science Annual Meeting. June 2017
Kao, Y.C., D.B. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers. The relative importance between round goby and alewife effects on Lake Michigan salmonines. International Association of Great Lakes Research. May 2017
Kao, Y.C., D.B. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers. Not all great lake fisheries are equally great in response to climate and land use change. International Association of Great Lakes Research. May 2017
Kao Y-C, Rogers MW, Bunnell DB, Lynch AJ, and others. GLFI: A global initiative for lake fisheries. 2018. 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society: Atlantic City, New Jersey. August 2018
Kao Y-C, Rogers MW, Bunnell DB, Lynch AJ, and others. 2018. Effects of extreme rainfalls on global lake fisheries: Could they be positive? 148th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Atlantic City, New Jersey. August 2018
Kacmar, P.T., M.W. Rogers. 2018. Influences of sampling method and season on assessments of Florida largemouth bass (Micropterus floridanus) genetic introgression at Chickamauga Reservoir, Tennessee. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey. August 2018
Kacmar P, MW Rogers. 2019. Influences of Sampling Method and Season on Florida Largemouth Bass Genetic Introgression at Chickamauga Reservoir, Tennessee. Southern Division AFS, Galveston, TX January 2019
Hoogaker, F.J., M.W. Rogers. 2021. Exploring synchrony in black bass angler activity and management actions across Tennessee reservoirs. Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. February 2021
Hargrove, J.S., M.W. Rogers. 2018. Rethinking Florida Bass stocking as a fishery management tool. Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Mobile, Alabama. October 2018
Hargrove, J.S., M.W. Rogers, and P. Black. 2018. Genetic composition of largemouth bass populations stocked with Florida bass in Tennessee. Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, San Juan, Puerto Rico. March 2018
Hargrove, J.S., M.W. Rogers, P.T. Kacmar, P. Black. 2018. A Statewide Evaluation of Florida Bass Introgression Across a Gradient of Stocking Rates and Reservoirs in Tennessee. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey. August 2018
Flanagan, T.J., M.W. Rogers. 2021. Recruitment, Survival, and Growth of Rainbow Trout in Two Tennessee Tailwaters. Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. February 2021
Flanagan, T., M.W. Rogers. Evaluating Asian Carp Movement in the Tennessee River with Focus on Prohibiting Lock and Dam Passage. 2019 Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Galveston, TX January 2019
Fernholz, S.R., M.W. Rogers. 2018. Relative Densities and Population Characteristics of Bighead and Silver Carp in Reservoirs of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, New Jersey. August 2018
Technical Publications Publication Date
Rogers, M.W., J.A. Kerns, D.B. Bunnell, R.M. Claramunt, P.D. Collingsworth. 2013. Exploring Life History Characteristics of Naturalized Versus Stocked Chinook Salmon. A Final Report submitted to the Great Lakes Fishery Trust. IP-061637. December 2013
M.W. Rogers. 2020. Asian carp in the Tennessee River and Cumberland River: Relative density and movement. USGS Fact Sheet August 2020
Kraus, R.T., C.K. Knight, A.M. Gorman, P.M. Kocovsky, B.C. Weidel, M.W. Rogers. 2016. Developing Fish Trophic Indicators of Climate Change for the Great Lakes. Final Report to the Department of Interior Northeast Climate Change Center and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative. IP-075680. July 2016