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Kevin Kapuscinski

Kevin L. Kapuscinski

304 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 877-2923

Email: klkapusc@esf.edu

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding the population characteristics and ecology of fishes inhabiting nearshore areas of the Great Lakes and their connecting waters.  I am particularly interested in (1) the ecology and management of muskellunge, (2) understanding which habitat factors influence fish assemblage structure, (3) determining which environmental factors influence aquatic vegetation assemblages, and (4) understanding how herbivory by an abundant non-native cyprinid, the rudd, affects ecosystem structure and function.  I aim to conduct research that helps guide management, conservation, and restoration of native fishes and their habitat.

Education

  • Ph.D., Ecology, State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF; 2011).  Dissertation: Comparative Ecology of Muskellunge and Nearshore Fish Assemblages in the Great Lakes.
  • M.S., Natural Resources (Fisheries), University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2002).  Thesis: Movements of Lake Trout in U.S. Waters of Lake Superior During 1973-2001.
  • B.S., Water Resources (Fisheries) and Biology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (1999)
  • International Environmental Seminar, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Europe, Summer 1998)
  • The School for Field Studies, Center for Coastal Studies, Bahía Magdalena, Mexico (Summer 1997)

Current Graduate Advisees

Graduate Advisees

Matthew GundersonMatthew Gunderson
magunder@syr.edu

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Kapuscinski
  • Area of Study: Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management
  • Undergraduate Institute: University of Wisc Stevens Point (Fishery Sciences)

Graduate Research Topic
Habitat preferences and seasonal succession of aquatic vegetation in the upper Niagara River


Professional Experience

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor – SUNY-ESF (2012-present)
  • Principal Investigator – The Research Foundation of SUNY (2012-present)
  • Post-doctoral Associate – The Research Foundation of SUNY (2011)
  • Visiting Instructor – SUNY-ESF, Cranberry Lake Biological Station (Summer 2011)
  • Student Assistant – SUNY-ESF, Cranberry Lake Biological Station (Summer 2010)
  • Research Assistant, Ph.D. Candidate – SUNY-ESF (2006-2011)
  • Fisheries Biologist – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2004-2006)
  • Pallid Sturgeon Biologist – Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (2002-2004)
  • Graduate Assistant – University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2000-2002)
  • Project Assistant – University of Wisconsin-Madison (Summer 1999)

Professional Service

  • Associate Editor of the North American Journal of Fisheries Management (2013-present)
  • Co-chair of the Biology, Ecology, and Management of Muskellunge and Northern Pike: New Science to Meet Current and Future Challenges symposium, American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2013)
  • Co-chair of the Aquatic Habitat Restoration and Management in the Great Lakes session, International Association of Great Lakes Research 55th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (2012)
  • Judge of student poster presentations at the International Association of Great Lakes Research 55th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (2012)
  • Panelist for a discussion on career paths in aquatic sciences and fisheries, New York American Fisheries Society 2nd Annual Student Colloquium (2012)
  • Reviewer of papers submitted to the IS.Rivers Integrative Sciences and Sustainable Development of Rivers 1st International Conference (2011)
  • Member of the Niagara Habitat Conservation Strategy Technical Advisory Committee (2011-present)
  • Northeast Region representative to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Fisheries Team (2004-2006), Muskellunge Team (2005-2006), Non-wadable Streams Team (2004-2006), and Monitoring Toxics Team (2004-2006)
  • Chair of the Upper Basin Pallid Sturgeon Workgroup Stocking Plan Committee (2003-2004)
  • Manuscript reviewer for The American Midland Naturalist, Environmental Biology of Fishes, Fisheries Management and Ecology, Journal of Great Lakes Research, North American Journal of Aquaculture, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, and Wetlands

Research Grants

  • Quantifying relationships between fish assemblages and nearshore habitat characteristics of the Niagara River, Niagara River Greenway Ecological Fund (2013-2016, $801,436, P.I.)
  • Development and management of St. Lawrence River fisheries, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (2013-2016, $715,001, Co-P.I. with J.M. Farrell and C.M. Whipps)
  • Delineation of natural boundaries of muskellunge in the Great Lakes and the effects of supplementation on genetic integrity of remnant stocks, Great Lakes Fishery Commission (2013-2014, $42,720, Co-P.I. with six others)
  • Evaluation of nearshore fish assemblages, habitat, and the effects of herbivorous rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus): facilitating successful fish habitat restoration efforts in the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River, Niagara River Ecological Standing Committee, Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Fund (2012-2013, $519,246, P.I.)
  • Evaluation of nearshore fish assemblages, habitat, and the effects of herbivorous rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus): determining the efficacy of fish habitat restoration efforts in the Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River, Niagara River Greenway Ecological Fund (2011, $188,881, Co-P.I. with J.M. Farrell)
  • Muskellunge genetic structure, reproductive ecology, and interaction with the fish community: acquiring information needed for successful management, Niagara River Greenway Ecological Fund (2009-2010, $148,615, authored as Ph.D. candidate)
  • Evaluation of hatchery-reared pallid sturgeon stocked in the Missouri River below Fort Peck Dam, Western Area Power Administration (2004, $94,000, P.I.)
  • Enhancing pallid sturgeon research efforts, Western Area Power Administration (2003, $64,000, P.I.)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Sloss, B. L., and J. M. Farrell.  2013.  Genetic population structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1075-1089.  DOI: 10.1080/00028487.2013.799515
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., and J. M. Farrell.  2013.  Habitat factors influencing fish assemblages at muskellunge nursery sites.  Journal of Great Lakes Research online.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2012.11.007
  • Kapuscinski, K. L, Farrell, J. M., and M. A. Wilkinson.  2013.  Trends in muskellunge population and fishery characteristics in Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and the Niagara River.  Journal of Great Lakes Research online.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jglr.2012.11.006
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Farrell, J. M., and B. A. Murry.  2012.  Feeding strategies and diets of young-of-the-year muskellunge in two large river ecosystems.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 32:635-647.  DOI:10.1080/02755947.2012.675964
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Farrell, J. M., and M. A. Wilkinson.  2012.  Feeding patterns and population structure of an invasive cyprinid, the rudd Scardinius erythrophthalmus (Cypriniformes, Cyprinidae), in Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and the upper Niagara River.  Hydrobiologia 693:169-181.  DOI: 10.1007/s10750-012-1106-0
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Farrell, J. M., and M. A. Wilkinson.  2012.  First report of abundant rudd populations in North America.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 32:82-86.  DOI:10.1080/02755947.2012.661391
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Zorn, T. G., Schneeberger, P. J., O’Neal, R. P., and B. T. Eggold.  2010.  The status of Lake Michigan walleye stocks.  In Status of walleye in the Great Lakes: proceedings of the 2006 Symposium. Great Lakes Fishery Commission Technical Report 69.  pp. 15-70
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Belonger, B. J., Fajfer, S., and T. J. Lychwick.  2007.  Population dynamics of muskellunge in Wisconsin waters of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, 1989-2005.  Environmental Biology of Fishes 79:27-36.  DOI: 10.1007/s10641-006-9132-2
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Hansen, M. J., and S. T. Schram.  2005.  Movements of lake trout in U.S. waters of Lake Superior, 1973-2001.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 25:696-708.  DOI:10.1577/M03-205.1

Manuscripts Under Review

  • Henning, B.F., Kapuscinski, K.L., and J.M. Farrell.  Nearshore fish assemblage structure and habitat relationships in protected and open habitats in the upper St. Lawrence River.  Journal of Great Lakes Research
  • Farrell, J.M., Kapuscinski, K.L., and H.B. Underwood.  Fine scale habitat use by age-1 stocked muskellunge and wild northern pike in an upper St. Lawrence River bay.  Journal of Great Lakes Research

Manuscripts In Preparation

  • Crane, D.P., Farrell, J.M., and K.L. Kapuscinski.  Predictive modeling of muskellunge spawning habitat in US waters of the upper Niagara River
  • Kapuscinski, K.L., Farrell, J.M., S.V. Stehman, D.D. Fernando, M.A. Teece, and T.J. Tschaplinski.  Selective herbivory a non-native cyprinid, the rudd

Current Research Projects

  • Crane, D.P., and K.L. Kapuscinski.  Predictive modeling of nearshore fish assemblages from habitat characteristics of the upper Niagara River
  • Crane, D.P., Kapuscinski, K.L., Clapsadl, M.D., and J.M. Farrell.  Comparing energy content of prey fishes common to nearshore areas of Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie), the upper Niagara River, and the St. Lawrence River
  • Guinan, M.E., and K.L. Kapuscinski.  Trophic position and seasonal dietary variation of invasive rudd in the upper Niagara River
  • Gunderson, M.D., and K.L. Kapuscinski.  Habitat-assemblage relations and seasonal succession of aquatic macrophytes in the upper Niagara River
  • Kapuscinski, K.L.  Abundance and biomass estimates for non-native rudd in Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and the upper Niagara River
  • Kapuscinski, K.L.  Quantifying nitrogen and phosphorus excretion by rudd

Selected Technical Reports

  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Crane, D. P., Farrell, J. M., and M. A. Wilkinson.  2012.  Surveys of muskellunge spawning habitat, young-of-the-year, and associated fish assemblages at nearshore sties of the Buffalo Harbor and upper Niagara River.  Section O in D. Einhouse, editor.  NYSDEC Lake Erie 2012 annual report.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
  • Farrell, J. M., Barry, C. C., and K. L. Kapuscinski.  2011.  Muskellunge management and monitoring in the Thousand Islands section of the St. Lawrence River in 2010 Annual Report, Bureau of Fisheries, Lake Ontario Unit and St. Lawrence River Unit to the Great Lake Fishery Commission’s Lake Ontario Committee.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Wilkinson, M. A., and J. M. Farrell.  2010.  Sampling for muskellunge, rudd, and the nearshore fish community of the Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and the upper Niagara River, 2009.  Section Q in D. Einhouse, editor.  NYSDEC Lake Erie 2009 annual report.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Wilkinson, M. A., and J. M. Farrell.  2010.  Sampling for muskellunge and the nearshore fish community of the lower Niagara River, 2009.  Section 19 in 2009 Annual Report, Bureau of Fisheries, Lake Ontario Unit and St. Lawrence River Unit to the Great Lake Fishery Commission’s Lake Ontario Committee.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., Wilkinson, M. A., and J. M. Farrell.  2009.  Sampling efforts for young-of-year (2006-2008) and adult muskellunge (2008) in the Buffalo Harbor, Lake Erie, and the upper Niagara River.  Section R in D. Einhouse, editor.  NYSDEC Lake Erie 2008 annual report.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., and M. A. Wilkinson.  2008.  Adult muskellunge sampling activities in the Buffalo Harbor and upper Niagara River May and June, 2007.  Section U in D. Einhouse, editor.  NYSDEC Lake Erie Unit 2007 annual report.  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., and R. Lange.  2005.  Status of walleye stocks in lower Green Bay and the lower Fox River.  Pages 29-36 in B. Horns, editor.  Lake Michigan Management Reports.  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison
  • Kapuscinski, K. L.  2004.  Evaluation of hatchery-reared pallid sturgeon recaptured in recovery-priority management area #2 during 2003.  Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Helena
  • Kapuscinski, K. L., and M. W. Baxter.  2004.  Lower Missouri and Yellowstone rivers pallid sturgeon study, 2003 report.  Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Helena

Invited Presentations

  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  Effects of nonnative rudd on ecosystem structure and function of Buffalo Harbor and the Niagara River.  Research Seminar, The Ohio State University (2013)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Brian L. Sloss.  Genetic population structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes.  St. Lawrence River Esocid Working Group Meeting (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Michael A. Wilkinson.  Trends in the muskellunge populations and fisheries of Buffalo Harbor and the Niagara River.  Lake Erie – upper Niagara River Fish Management Workshop.  Sponsored by the Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  Non-native species of the Buffalo Harbor: implications for habitat restoration.  Guest lecture, EFB 414, Senior Synthesis in Conservation Biology SUNY-ESF (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  Estimating age and growth of fishes.  Teaching seminar, BIOL 4545, Fisheries Management, Bemidji State University (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  Habitat factors and invasive species influencing nearshore fish assemblages: implications for an apex predator.  Research seminar, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (2010)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  How habitat influences young-of-year muskellunge and the fishes they prey upon.  Homer Dodge Lecture Series, The Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, NY (2010)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski and John M. Farrell.  Feeding ecology of wild-hatched young-of-year muskellunge in lentic and lotic nursery habitats.  Guest lecture, EFB 488, Ecology of Adirondack Fishes, Thousand Islands Biological Station (2010)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, Brian J. Belonger, Steven Fajfer, and Terrence J. Lychwick.  Reintroduction of Great Lakes muskellunge to Wisconsin waters of Green Bay, Lake Michigan, 1989-2005.  Primary session, Dr. Ed Crossman Muskie Symposium (2005)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  Status of pallid sturgeon in Montana.  Pallid Sturgeon Panel Discussion, Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference (2003)

Selected Contributed Presentations

  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Brian L. Sloss.  Genetic population structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes.  American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski and John M. Farrell.  Selective feeding among species of submersed aquatic vegetation by a non-native Cyprinid, the rudd.  55th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Brian L. Sloss.  Genetic population structure of muskellunge in the Great Lakes.  New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2012)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Michael A. Wilkinson.  Trends in the muskellunge (Esox masquinongy) population and fishery of the Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and upper Niagara River.  54th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (2011)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Michael A. Wilkinson.  Feeding ecology and population structure of a non-native cyprinid, the rudd, in the Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and upper Niagara River.  54th Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (Poster, 2011)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, John M. Farrell, and Michael A. Wilkinson.  Feeding ecology and population structure of a non-native cyprinid, the rudd, in the Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie) and upper Niagara River.  New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2011)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski and John M. Farrell.  Description and comparison of fish assemblages at muskellunge nursery sites in the Buffalo Harbor (Lake Erie), upper Niagara River, and St. Lawrence River.  53rd Annual Conference on Great Lakes Research (2010)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski and John M. Farrell.  A comparison of diets of young-of-year muskellunge from the St. Lawrence and upper Niagara Rivers.  New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2010)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski, Troy G. Zorn, Philip J. Schneeberger, Richard P. O’Neal, and Bradley T. Eggold.  The status of Lake Michigan walleye stocks, 1969-2005.  American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2006)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski.  Pallid sturgeon status and recovery efforts in the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, Montana.  American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (2004)
  • Kevin L. Kapuscinski and Michael J. Hansen.  Movements of lake trout in U.S. waters of Lake Superior, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference (2002)

Courses Taught

  • Fisheries Science & Management (EFB 487/687, Fall 2012), SUNY-ESF
  • Fisheries Science Practicum (EFB 488, Fall 2012), SUNY-ESF
  • Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (EFB 202, Summer 2011, Aquatics and Statistics sections, supervised student projects, served on review panel for student presentations), SUNY-ESF, Cranberry Lake Biological Station
  • Ecological Monitoring and Biodiversity Assessment (EFB 202, Summer 2010, Aquatics and Statistics sections), SUNY-ESF, Cranberry Lake Biological Station
  • The Information-theoretic Approach to Model Selection: A New Paradigm in Ecological Research (EFB 797, Fall 2008), SUNY-ESF

Mentoring

  • Major advisor for Matthew Gunderson, SUNY-ESF (M.S., 2012-present)
  • Defense examiner for Derek Crane, SUNY-ESF (Ph.D., 2013)
  • Steering committee member for Christina Killourhy, SUNY-ESF (M.S., 2013)
  • Defense examiner for Mark Leopold, SUNY-ESF (M.S., expected 2013)
  • Mentor for the American Fisheries Society Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program (two students, 2007)

Academic Service

  • Member of the SUNY-ESF Faculty Governance Committee on Research (2013-present)
  • Panelist for mock interviews, EFB 492, Senior Synthesis in Aquatic and Fisheries Science, SUNY-ESF (2013)
  • Judge of conservation/restoration plan presentations, EFB 414, Senior Synthesis in Conservation Biology, SUNY-ESF (2012)
  • Panelist for a discussion on publishing while in graduate school at SUNY-ESF (2010)

Certification and Memberships

  • Certified Fisheries Professional, American Fisheries Society (2012-present)
  • Save the River, Upper St. Lawrence RIVERKEEPER (2011-present)
  • International Association of Great Lakes Research (2010-present)
  • New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (2009-present)
  • The Nature Conservancy (2003-persent)
  • American Fisheries Society (1999-present)
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (1996-2001)

Awards

  • Outstanding Doctoral Student for 2011-2012, SUNY-ESF, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology (2012)
  • International Association of Great Lakes Research-Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources student travel award (2010)
  • New York’s Great Lakes Research Consortium student travel award (2010)
  • Niagara Musky Association research grant (2009)
  • Honorary member of the Niagara Musky Association (2008-present)
  • Research assistantship and tuition scholarship award, SUNY-ESF (2006-2011)
  • Bill Beck Scholarship, Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited (2001)

Continuing Education

  • Leadership workshop, New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Ernie Stretton (2012)
  • Submerged aquatic vegetation workshop, New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Robert Johnson (2011)
  • Genetics for fisheries professionals: tools and decisions, New York Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Chris Wilson and Dr. Meredith Barton (2009)
  • No more P-values? A workshop on model based inference in the life sciences, SUNY-ESF, Dr. David Anderson (2007)
  • Biostatistics workshop, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Michael Hansen (2006)
  • Fish aging workshop, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2006)
  • Fisheries genetics workshop, Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Dr. Brian Sloss (2005)
  • Perceptive communications, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2005)
  • Basic principles for a collaborative workplace, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (2004)

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