Staff

LFL maintains a core staff of permanent personnel and has access to full- and part-time temporary employees with a wide range of qualifications and experience who are available when needed for specific tasks. Availability of graduate research assistants and student aides contributes to flexibility and minimizes costs. The expertise of staff, cooperators, and associates includes ichthyology, fish taxonomy and systematics, fish culture, fishery management, biodiversity, ecological modeling, experimental design, aquatic toxicology, computer science, statistics, general and aquatic ecology, limnology, hydrology, developmental biology, and biological illustration. At the core of this broad range of available expertise are the unique experience, knowledge, and capabilities of LFL staff related to fish reproduction and early-life stages.

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Kevin R. Bestgen, Director - Senior Research Scientist/ Assistant Professor

33K Wagar Building   (970) 491-1848 
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Special Expertise 
Areas of interest and expertise include effects of regulated rivers on fish communities, distribution and abundance patterns of stream fish communities, native-nonnative fish interactions, conservation biology of native fishes, ecology of larval fish, fish entrainment and screening, sampling design evaluation of long-term monitoring studies, individual-based modeling, and otolith microstructure and aging.

Education 
B.A., 1981, Saint Cloud State University, Minnesota (Biology) 
M.S., 1985, Colorado State University (Fishery and Wildlife Biology) 
Ph.D., 1997, Colorado State University (Fishery and Wildlife Biology)

Experience 
1997-present, Director, Larval Fish Laboratory, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology (FWB), Colorado State University (CSU); 1989-present, Research Associate, Larval Fish Laboratory; 1986-1989, Research Associate, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico; 1986, Wildlife Technician, Colorado Division of Wildlife; 1982-1985, Contractor, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; 1981-1982, Graduate Teaching Assistant, FWB, CSU; 1980-1981, Limnological Field Assistant, Department of Biology, St. Cloud State University.

Darrel Snyder
Darrel E. Snyder - Curator / Research Scientist /

33J Wagar Building (970) 491-5295 
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Special Expertise 
Areas of interest and expertise include larval fish taxonomy (North American freshwater and anadromous species), sampling, and ecology; also fish reproduction and ontogeny, computer-interactive keys, collection curation, and adverse effects of electrofishing.

Education 
B.S., 1969, Millersville State College, Pennsylvania (Education, Chemistry) 
M.S., 1971, Cornell University (Ecology, minor in Behavior and specialization in Ichthyology) 
M.S., 1982, Colorado State University (Fishery and Wildlife Biology) 
Participated in MARMAP International Training Course on Fish Egg and Larval Studies, 1976.

Experience 
1980-present, Research Associate, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology (FWB), Colorado State University (CSU); 1978-1980, Wildlife Research Technician, Colorado Division of Wildlife; 1976-1980, independent taxonomic consultant on anadromous and freshwater fish eggs and larvae; 1976-1977, Graduate Research Assistant, FWB, CSU; 1973-1975, Assistant Ecologist, NUS Corporation, Ecological Sciences Division; 1968-1972, Research Biologist, Ichthyological Associates, Inc.; 1967-1968, Biologist's Assistant, Ichthyological Associates, Inc. Active in American Fisheries Society (AFS): founding chairman and first President (1980-1981) of AFS Early Life History Section.

John A. Hawkins - Senior Research Associate

33A Wagar Building (970) 491-2777
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Expertise
Areas of interest and expertise include age and growth, migration, and behavior of fishes, interactions between native and nonnative fishes, invasive aquatic species management and control, conservation biology, and environmental ethics.

Education 
B.S., 1980, Colorado State University (Zoology) 
M.S., 1992, Colorado State University (Fishery and Wildlife Biology)

Experience 
1983-present, Research Associate, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University; 1979-1983, Wildlife Research Technician, CDOW; 1982, Research Assistant, National Park Service; 1981, Biological Aid, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Lynn Bjork
C. Lynn Bjork - Illustrator and Laboratory Assistant

33 Wagar Building (970) 491-5295

Special Expertise 
Areas of expertise and interest include illustration of biological specimens, especially fish and plants, identification of fish larvae of the Upper Colorado River Basin, and conservation biology.

Education 
B.F.A., 1967, Kent State University, Ohio (General Art) 
M.A., 1972, University of Cincinnati (Art Education) 
Additional course work at University of New Mexico (1974-1976; courses in biology and psychology) and Colorado State University (1981-1991; courses in biology, ecology, and wildlife management)

Experience 
1980-present, Illustrator and Laboratory Assistant, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University (CSU); 1995-present, freelance illustrator (including work for Dr. Kondratieff, Department of Entomology, CSU); 1991-1992, Wildlife Research Assistant (Florida Everglades), Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, University of Florida; 1984-1985, Laboratory Technician and Draftsperson, Wirth Environmental Services, Dames and Moore; 1984, Field Assistant, Kaiser Steel Coal Mining Division, Reclamation Biology; 1983-1984, Photographic Laboratory Assistant, Photographic Services, CSU; 1980, Field Assistant (Archeology), Western Culture Resource Management; 1980, Field Assistant (Botany), Environmental Research and Technology; 1980, Technical Illustrator, Powers Elevation; 1979, Field Assistant and Technical Illustrator (Archeology), Nickens and Associates; 1978-1979, Art Teacher, Poudre R1 School District; 1975-1976, Instructor, Division of Continuing Education, University of New Mexico; 1974-1975, Art Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools; 1972-1973, Art Teacher, Northwest Local School District; 1972, Lecturer on Art Education, Department of Art Education (AE), University of Cincinnati (UC); 1970-1972, Graduate Teaching Assistant, AE, UC; 1968-1970, Art Teacher, Gary Public School System.

Sean Seal
Sean Seal - Research Associate II, Curatorial Assistant

33D Wagar (970) 491-6412 
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Special Expertise
Larval fish identification, sample processing, data entry, field and culture preparation, cataloging and maintenance of the collection, hazardous waste disposal, supervising workstudies.

Education 
A.S., 1998, Pikes Peak Community College (Biology) 
B.S., 2000 Colorado State University (Fishery Biology)

Experience
2000 – present, Research Associate Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology (FWB), Colorado State University(CSU).

Koreen Zelasko
Koreen A. Zelasko - Research Associate

33E Wagar and Laramie, WY  (307) 721-3086 
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Special Expertise
Survival estimation of hatchery-reared, endangered razorback sucker using Program MARK; reproduction of native catostomids in Big Sandy River, WY; fish community response to dam operations and nonnative species removal in the Green River, CO/UT; taxonomy of fish larvae and adults of the Upper Colorado River Basin, eastern Colorado plains rivers, and Rio Grande Basin; investigation of limiting factors for survival of endangered suckermouth minnow; determination of current distribution of Rio Grande chub;  testing of fish entrainment rates and prevention.

Education 
M.S., 2008, Colorado State University (Fishery and Wildlife Biology)
B.S., 1997 Colorado State University (Wildlife Biology)

Experience
2001 - present and 1997-2000: Research Associate, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB), Colorado State University (CSU); 2000-2001: Fishery Technician, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Lewiston, ID; 1995-1996: Laboratory Technician, Ecotoxicology Lab, FWCB, CSU; 1994-1995: Student Tutor (Statistics, Organic Chemistry, Ecology), College of Natural Sciences, CSU.

Cameron Walford
Cameron Walford - Research Associate III

33E Wagar (970) 491-5475 
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Expertise
Areas of expertise and interest include native fish conservation, stream ecology, nonnative - native fish interaction, effects of hydrological regime on fish communities, population dynamics, swimming physiology, migration, and behavior of fishes.

Education
B.S. 1999, Colorado State University (Fishery Biology)

Experience
2001 – present, Research Associate, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Colorado State University. 2000 – 2001, Fishery technician, FWB, CSU. 1998 – 1999, Fisheries technician, work study, FWB, CSU. 1987 – 1990, Field Technician, Keeton Fisheries, Fort Collins, Colorado.

Ed Kluender
Ed Kluender - Research Associate II

33E Wagar  (970) 491-5475
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Education
B.S. 2007, University of Central Arkansas (Biology)
M.S. 2011, University of Central Arkansas (Biology, Fish Ecology)
 
Experience
2012 – 2014, Research Associate I, Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, CSU
2012 – 2012, Native Fisheries Technician, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
2010 – 2012, Ecologist, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
2007 – 2008, Ecological Technician, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
2007, Student lab and field technician, Laboratory  for Ecophysiological Herpetology, University of Central Arkansas
2003 – 2006, Various field and lab technician positions in forestry, wildlife, and entomology, University of Arkansas at Monticello

Expertise
Native fish conservation, adult and larval fish field collection and identification, otolith processing and aging, native-nonnative fish interactions, stream ecology

   
Matt Hayworth
Matt Haworth - Research Associate II

Wagar       (970) 491-5475
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Education
B.S., 2007, University of Minnesota (Fishery and Wildlife Biology)
M.S., 2015, Colorado State University (Fishery and Wildlife Biology)

Experience
2014-present, Research Associate, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University; 2010-2011, Research Technician, Colorado Parks and Wildlife; 2010, Fisheries Technician, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission; 2009 Native Aquatics Technician, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources; 2008-2009, Aquatic Ecologist, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; 2007-2008, Native Fishes Technician, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; 2006-2007, Fish Collection Assistant, Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota; 2006, Research Intern, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Expertise
Areas of interest and expertise include ecology and conservation of native fishes, field sampling, taxonomy, age and growth analysis, and effects of hydrologic regime on reproduction and survival of stream fishes.