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

Tennessee Education Activities


Silver Carp below Barkley Dam on the Cumberland River

Graduate students in the Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit (TN CFRU) earn either a Master of Science degree in the Department of Biology or a PhD in Environmental Science. Annual stipends for research assistantships are competitive; all tuition and fees are waived. All graduate students must conduct research in addition to completing course work chosen in consultation with an advisory committee. All students in the TN CFRU are supported by research assistantships. Most students assist each other on their projects, thus increasing their research experience and opportunities. All students must deliver at least one seminar at the completion of their research, as well as complete a written thesis and successfully defend it in front of their advisory committee. Students frequently help write a technical final report to fulfill the requirements of the contracts that funded their research. Students usually are expected to give at least one talk about their research at a professional meeting. All students are encouraged to participate in professional societies and university functions.


Title Instructor(s) Start Date End Date
Stream Ecology, MU Rosenberger 2016-01-15 2016-05-01
Stream Ecology, MU Rosenberger 2014-01-20 2014-05-15
Special Topics Layzer 2001-08-20 2001-12-14
Reservoir Fisheries Management Bettoli 2013-08-26 2013-12-13
Reservoir Fisheries Management Bettoli 2009-09-01 2009-12-10
Reservoir Fisheries Management Bettoli 2007-09-01 2007-12-05
Reservoir Fisheries Management Bettoli 2005-08-29 2005-12-09
Reservoir Fisheries Management Bettoli 2003-08-18 2003-12-12
Reservoir Fisheries Management Bettoli 2002-08-15 2002-12-10
Reservoir Ecology and Management Rogers 2019-02-01 2019-05-20
Reservoir Ecology and Management Rogers 2017-01-01 2017-05-30
Rerservoir Fisheries Managament Seminar Bettoli 2015-08-24 2015-12-11
Readings in Aquatic Community Ecology, TN Tech Rosenberger 2018-01-20 2018-05-05
Professional Development Rosenberger 2018-08-22 2018-12-05
Missouri's Aquatic Life, OSHER Institute Rosenberger, Paukert, Webb 2014-01-20 2014-02-14
Malacology Rosenberger 2019-08-30 2019-12-15
Malacology Layzer 2011-08-29 2011-12-15
Malacology Layzer 2010-09-03 2010-12-18
Malacology Layzer 2009-09-01 2009-12-15
Malacology Layzer 2008-09-01 2008-12-15
Malacology Layzer 2007-08-22 2007-12-10
Malacology Layzer 2006-08-22 2006-12-10
Malacology Layzer 2005-08-29 2005-12-16
Malacology Layzer 2004-08-30 2004-12-17
Malacology Layzer 2003-08-18 2003-12-12
Malacology Layzer 2001-08-20 2001-12-14
Malacology Layzer 2001-01-10 2001-05-12
Independent Study in Malacology, TN Tech Rosenberger 2018-01-10 2018-05-10
For the Love of Rivers, OSHER Institute Rosenberger 2016-01-15 2016-02-28
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Rogers 2018-01-01 2018-06-01
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Bettoli 2014-08-25 2014-12-12
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Bettoli 2008-09-01 2008-12-12
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Bettoli 2006-08-28 2006-12-08
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Bettoli 2004-08-30 2004-12-17
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Bettoli 2002-08-20 2002-12-13
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Bettoli 2001-08-20 2001-12-14
Fish and Wildlfie Biometrics Bettoli 2010-09-01 2010-12-10
Fish and WIldlife Biometrics Bettoli 2012-08-27 2012-12-07
Centrarchid Biology and Management Workshop. Co-taught a two-day works Bettoli 2001-06-06 2001-06-09
Aquatic Community Ecology, MU Rosenberger 2017-01-20 2017-05-20
Advanced Spatial Ecology, co-instructor Rosenberger 2019-01-30 2019-05-15
Training Provided Instructor(s) Completion Date
Using PowerPoint and Poster Presentations to Effectively Communicate your Message. A workshop at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. Bettoli 2011-01-15
U.S. Department of the Interior, Motorboat Operator Certification Course Jennings, Dennerline, Bettoli 2012-06-08
Provided training to National Fish Hatchery personnel on techniques used to propagate and culture freshwater mussels. Layzer 2002-08-01
Provided training to National Fish Hatchery personnel on techniques used to propagate and culture freshwater mussels. Layzer 2002-06-01
Provided training to National Fish Hatchery personnel on techniques used to propagate and culture freshwater mussels. Layzer 2002-05-01
Provided training to National Fish Hatchery personnel on techniques used to propagate and culture freshwater mussels. Layzer 2002-03-01
Motorboat Operators Certification Course (Department of Interior) Bettoli 2011-06-10
Motorboat Operators Certification Course Bettoli 2013-09-13
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Bettoli 2007-08-05
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Bettoli 2005-08-04
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Bettoli 2004-07-28
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Bettoli 2002-08-16
Motorboat Operator's Certification Course (MOCC), U.S. Department of the Interior Bettoli 2001-01-18
Developed an instructional video of otolith extraction for Silver and Bighead Carp shared with federal and state partners. Rogers, Fernholz None
Developed a matrix and protocol for standardized acoustic telemetry surgery procedures for silver carp that was shared with multi-state partners. Rogers None
An Introduction to Structured Decision Making for Natural Resources Managers Collazo, Pacifici, Shea 2013-09-05
Title and Location Speaker Date
Towards a strategic and spatially-explicit mussel conservation assessment and monitoring program in Missouri
Presented to: University of Texas at Tyler
Rosenberger, Lindner, Key, Bouska 2016-04-08
Towards a strategic and spatially-explicit conservation assessment and monitoring program for mussels in Missouri.
Presented to: University of Texas at Tyler
Rosenberger, Lindner, Bouska, Key 2016-04-15
Towards a Spatially Explicit and Cost-Effective Statewide Conservation and Monitoring Plan for Freshwater Mussels in Missouri: Our Approach
Presented to: Tennessee Technological University
Rosenberger 2017-03-22
The Neglected Value of Global Inland Fisheries Production
Presented to: Auburn University
Rogers 2016-10-02
The Need to Consider Inland Fisheries in Food and Water Planning
Presented to: Engineering Dept, Tennessee Tech University
Rogers 2017-10-11
Tennessee’s Freshwater Life
Presented to: Tennessee Tech University
Rosenberger 2019-09-05
Presented invited seminars on the topic of status and conservation of paddlefish in the Tennessee River to professional audiences at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Honors (3/10/04); Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquaculture, Auburn University (9/20/04), Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Lab (11/1/04), Virginia Tech Chapter, American Fisheries Society, Blacksburg, VA (11/15/04), and the USGS Columbia River Research Lab, Cook, WA (12/3/04)
Presented to: Tennessee Tech University
Bettoli 2004-03-10
Pew Ocean Commission Report and its relevance to conservation of paddlefish stocks in Tennessee waters
Presented to: Special Libraries Association Annual Meeting
Bettoli 2004-06-09
Our vision for a statewide mussel conservation assessment in Missouri.
Presented to: U.S. Geological Survey Center for Environmental Research
Rosenberger, Crawford, Schrum, Bouska, Lindner 2016-01-15
Notable Human Dimensions Controversies in Tennessee
Presented to: University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Bettoli 2010-11-18
Landscape Ecology of Fishes in Alaska.
Presented to: University of Texas at Tyler
Rosenberger 2015-02-10
Landscape Ecology of Fishes in Alaska.
Presented to: University of Missouri
Rosenberger 2013-10-15
Landscape Ecology of Fishes in Alaska.
Presented to: University of Florida, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Rosenberger 2014-09-19
Landscape Ecology of Fishes in Alaska
Presented to: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Rosenberger 2013-03-17
Landscape Ecology of Alaska Fishes
Presented to: University of Tennessee
Rosenberger 2018-04-18
Landscape Ecology of Alaska Fishes
Presented to: Kennesaw State University
Rosenberger 2018-03-28
Landscape Ecology of Alaska Fishes
Presented to: Austin Peay State University
Rosenberger 2018-03-26
Landscape Ecology and Conservation of Alaska’s Freshwater and Anadramous Fishes.
Presented to: Miami University
Rosenberger 2017-04-21
Global Capture Fisheries; Approaches and Challenges to Assessing Inland Contributions
Presented to: NMFS Woods Hole, MA
Rogers 2018-08-17
Freshwater Mussels: A Vanishing Fauna
Presented to: Austin Peay State University
Layzer 2011-03-14
Freshwater Mussel Conservation
Presented to: University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Harris, Layzer 2005-02-01
Environmental DNA Metabarcoding: Molecular surveillance as a tool for characterizing fish communities and describing the environmental variables that structure them
Presented to: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - UT Knoxville
Paine 2019-09-06
Title Presenter Date
Resume and C.V. Writing, TN Tech Rosenberger 2018-09-15
Resume and C.V. Writing, TN Tech Rosenberger 2017-09-13
Nile Perch in Lake Victoria Rosenberger 2014-03-10
Landscape Ecology of Alaska Fishes Rosenberger 2013-11-09
Freshwater Fish Ecology: from individuals to landscapes Rosenberger 2012-11-29
Ecology of Fish in Wetland Habitats Rosenberger 2016-10-20
Ecology of Fish in Wetland Habitats Rosenberger 2014-09-07
Alaska Fisheries and Landscape Ecology Rosenberger 2014-10-23
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Yanos, Casey (MS) Rogers 2015 2016
Wood, William (MS) Rogers 2018 Present
Winesett, P. (MS) Layzer 1999 2001
Westhoff, Jacob (MS) Bettoli 2004 2006
Walton, C. (MS) Layzer 2007 2009
Suffridge, E. (MS) Layzer 1999 2001
South-Wirth, Lisa (MS) Rosenberger 2007 2010
Schrum, Matthew (MS) Rosenberger 2013 2018
Papraniku, Isabel (MS) Rosenberger 2018 2018
Paine, Robert (PhD) Rogers 2018 2019
Padgett, Ashley (MS) Rogers 2019 Present
Neuswanger, Jason (PhD) Rosenberger 2009 2014
Mott, Rory (MS) Rosenberger 2014 2018
Morris, W. (MS) Rosenberger 2016 2018
Moore, Michael (PhD) Rosenberger 2017 2017
Mansfield, Kelly (MS) Rosenberger 2007 2010
Laske, Sarah (PhD) Rosenberger 2011 2017
Laha, Malabika (MS) Bettoli 2002 2004
Kleecamp, Ethan (MS) Rosenberger 2013 2016
Key, Kayla (PhD) Rosenberger 2015 Present
Kacmar, Phillip (MS) Rogers 2017 2018
Jones, Valerie (MS) Rosenberger 2017 Present
Johnston, Suzanne (MS) Bettoli 2014 Present
Johnson, Thomas (MS) Bettoli 2014 Present
Hubbs, Nathaniel (MS) Rosenberger 2018 Present
Hrycik, Allison (MS) Rogers 2014 2015
Holtswarth, Jordan (MS) Rosenberger 2017 2019
Hoem-Neher, Tammy (PhD) Rosenberger 2007 2012
Haynes, Trevor (PhD) Rosenberger 2010 2014
Gutsch, Michelle (MS) Rosenberger 2010 2012
Gibbs, Keith (PhD) Bettoli 2008 2013
Gibbs, K. (MS) Layzer 2007 2009
Foley, Kevin (MS) Rosenberger 2011 2013
Flatt, Sean (MS) Harris 2005 Present
Flatt, Sean (MS) Layzer 2005 2007
Flanagan, Thomas (MS) Rogers 2019 Present
Ferrell, Heather (MS) Bettoli 2014 Present
Fernholz, Savannah (MS) Rosenberger 2017 2018
Fernholz, Savannah (MS) Rogers 2017 2018
Farber, Michael (MS) Rosenberger 2014 2016
Evans, Jordan (MS) Rosenberger 2017 2019
Dunn, Corey (PhD) Rosenberger 2016 Present
Dickson, Jared (MS) Rosenberger 2015 2018
Day, Sam (MS) Rosenberger 2018 Present
Crawford, Leslie (MS) Rosenberger 2013 2015
Coons, Aaron (MS) Rosenberger 2018 Present
Cary, Joshua (MS) Rosenberger 2019 Present
Call, Geoff (MS) Bettoli 2001 2003
Boys, Wade (MS) Rosenberger 2015 2016
Bowers, Olivia (MS) Rosenberger 2019 Present
Bommareddy, S. (MS) Layzer 1999 2001
Black, Tyler (MS) Layzer 2005 2007
Benton, Paul (MS) Bettoli 2004 2006
Bajo, Brittany (MS) Rosenberger 2019 Present
Baebler, Elisa (MS) Rosenberger 2016 2018
Ayers, Scott (MS) Rosenberger 2006 2010
Asmus, Kim (MS) Layzer 2003 2004