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Dana Winkelman, PhD.


Unit Leader Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research
Associate Professor Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Research Scientist and Scholar Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology
Associate Professor Forest and Rangeland Stewardship

Contact Info

Phone: (970) 491-1414   Office: 1484 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University

Email: Dana.Winkelman@Colostate.Edu   Lab:


Areas of Interest

 Applied Physiological Ecology of FishesAquacultureAquatic EcologyAquatic Invasive SpeciesConflict resolution Fish Passage and Barrier DevelopmentFish PhysiologyFish Population EcologyPopulation DynamicsRiparian Management and RestorationWater policies, Environmental risk assessmentWater pollution and human health


I received my BS degree in biology in 1984 and my MS degree in Biology in 1987 at the University of Nevada, Reno. I received my PhD in zoology from the University of Georgia in 1994. I joined the Cooperative Research Unit program in 1998 as Assistant Unit Leader at the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. In 2003 I became the Unit Leader at the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. In general I am interested in fish population ecology and how biotic and abiotic factors influence fish population dynamics. My students and collaborators, and I currently have several research projects focusing on the influence of contaminants on fish populations, the influence of parasites and disease on salmonid populations, the influence of abiotic factors on the distribution and reproductive status of native species, and the role of wood deposition and in-stream structure on fish populations.