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

Idaho Staff Member

John Heckel

John Heckel



  • BS Oregon State University 2015
  • BA University of Louisville 2005


Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I grew up chasing trout in limestone spring creeks before moving to Louisville, KY for high school and college. In 2005, I received a B.A. in liberal studies from the University of Louisville, then a year later I moved west to guide fishing in Western Wyoming. After several volunteer opportunities with Wyoming Game and Fish, I chose to return to school and receive a B.S. in fisheries science from Oregon State University. While completing my degree, I worked 2 seasons as a fisheries technician for Wyoming Game and Fish, where we primarily focused on managing and monitoring native cutthroat trout subspecies. My thesis research focuses on life history characteristics, distribution, and habitat use of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the St. Maries River basin using otolith microchemistry. My free time is spent fishing, doing snowsports, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and dog.