Robert J Behnke Endowed Chair In Coldwater Conservation

The Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, is seeking funds for an Endowed Chair in Coldwater Conservation, named in honor of Dr. Robert J. Behnke. Bob Behnke is among the world’s most renowned experts on trout and trout conservation. He is best known for his About Trout columns in Trout magazine, and for his monographs and books on native trout and salmon in North America. His writings have inspired both professional fisheries biologists and lay persons alike to support wise conservation of trout and salmon and the coldwater habitats they need. In addition, for more than 30 years, he has helped educate generations of fisheries professionals at Colorado State University.  

 Trout Stream Areas of emphasis:
  • Research on critical conservation needs for coldwater fish and their habitats
  • Teach key courses in conservation of coldwater resources
  • Mentor graduate students to create the human capital needed for effective future conservation 
  • Provide outreach and leadership about coldwater conservation and related policy
Impact of the Behnke endowed chair:
  • Will attract the best and brightest endowed chair holder to conduct cutting-edge research on conservation of coldwater fish and their habitats.  For example, there is a critical need for research on conservation genetics of coldwater fish and other organisms, such as:
    • Identifying strains of native cutthroat trout to guide management
    • Using genetic identification to determine presence of susceptible worm hosts that carry whirling disease, which kills young trout
  • Establish Colorado State University and the Warner College of Natural Resources as a premier program in coldwater conservation
  • Attract and create partnerships with state and federal agencies, industry, non-governmental organizations, and anglers to identify and study the most pressing coldwater conservation issues
  • Continue CSU’s excellence in attracting and producing the best-trained undergraduates and graduate students to work in the science and policy of coldwater conservation

 TroutThe CSU Fishery Biology Program has a long history of excellence in fisheries conservation, and was recently ranked 5th in the nation in scholarly research productivity in Fisheries Science and Management. A typical endowment requires $2-3 million, but smaller amounts can be used for partial support of an endowed chair faculty position.

For more information:

Mr. Scott Webb, Office of Development, Warner College of Natural Resources, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ; 970-491-3594

Dr. Kurt Fausch, Professor, Stream Fish Ecology & Mgmt, Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523;This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ; 970-491-6457

Dr. Kenneth Wilson, Department Head, Dept. of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ; 970-491-1410