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

Mississippi Staff Member

Logan Sleezer

Logan Sleezer

Research Associate


Logan grew up in the small town of Olpe, Kansas, where his primary hobby was fishing in local family-owned farm ponds. His love of fishing and the outdoors in general led him to pursue a double-major Bachelor’s program (Biology and Earth Science) at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS, where his knowledge of and passion for freshwater fishes of all shapes and sizes grew immeasurably. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree, Logan continued his fish-focused studies as a Master’s student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He completed his MS degree and thesis, entitled “Abundance Trends and Drivers of Change in Freshwater Fish Communities of the New River Basin”, in 2020. Logan now works as a Research Associate at Mississippi State University, where he is primarily focused on contributing to development of web applications and statistical analyses to assist US Fish and Wildlife Service biologists with streamlining Species Status Assessments (SSAs) for aquatic taxa recently petitioned for listing under the US Endangered Species Act. Logan’s broader interests include lifelist angling and spatial ecological modeling using R and GIS.