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
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 2020-12-05
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
Fish and Wildlife Biometrics Rogers 2020-01-15 2020-05-05
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
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
Title and Location Speaker Date
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
Notable Human Dimensions Controversies in Tennessee
Presented to: University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Bettoli 2010-11-18
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
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
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
Student (Degree) Advisor Start Year End Year
Wood, William (MS) Rogers 2018 2020
Winesett, P. (MS) Layzer 1999 2001
Westhoff, Jacob (MS) Bettoli 2004 2006
Wesley, Victor (MS) Rogers 2020 Present
Walton, C. (MS) Layzer 2007 2009
Suffridge, E. (MS) Layzer 1999 2001
Papraniku, Isabel (MS) Rosenberger 2018 2018
Paine, Robert (PhD) Rogers 2018 2019
Padgett, Ashley (MS) Rogers 2019 Present
Nelson, Stefan (MS) Rosenberger 2020 Present
Laha, Malabika (MS) Bettoli 2002 2004
Kahn, Tanya (PhD) Rosenberger 2020 Present
Kacmar, Phillip (MS) Rogers 2017 2018
Jones, Valerie (MS) Rosenberger 2017 2019
Johnston, Suzanne (MS) Bettoli 2014 Present
Johnson, Thomas (MS) Bettoli 2014 Present
Hubbs, Nathaniel (MS) Rosenberger 2018 2020
Hoogaker, Frederick (MS) Rogers 2020 Present
Holtswarth, Jordan (MS) Rosenberger 2017 2019
Gibbs, Keith (PhD) Bettoli 2008 2013
Gibbs, K. (MS) Layzer 2007 2009
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
Evans, Jordan (MS) Rosenberger 2017 2019
Day, Sam (MS) Rosenberger 2018 2018
Coons, Aaron (MS) Rosenberger 2018 Present
Cary, Joshua (MS) Rosenberger 2019 Present
Call, Geoff (MS) Bettoli 2001 2003
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
Asmus, Kim (MS) Layzer 2003 2004