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Kurt D. Fausch, PhD.


Professor Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Contact Info

Phone: 970-491-6457   Office: 101 Wagar

Email:   Lab:


Areas of Interest

 Conservation BiologyFisheries ecologyScience CommunicationStream Restoration


Dr. Fausch is a Professor in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, where he has worked since 1982. He earned his B.S. at the University of Minnesota in Zoology, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Fisheries Ecology at Michigan State University, followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Illinois. Research in his laboratory has been aimed at helping fisheries and aquatic resource managers and ecologists solve problems related to nonnative species invasions, the decline of threatened native species, and land uses like logging, grazing, and agriculture that can degrade streams and their riparian zones. He has conducted collaborative research throughout western North America, and in Japan and New Zealand. His work is the subject of the documentary film RiverWebs, which has been broadcast to more than 100 million homes on PBS. This also led to a book for a general audience that addresses the essential values of rivers and streams, and what will be needed to conserve them. In 2008, Fausch was awarded the first International Fisheries Science Prize by the International Council of Fisheries Societies, which is awarded every four years at the World Fisheries Congress.