Craig Paukert

Craig Paukert, Ph.D.

Associate Cooperative Professor
Fisheries and Wildlife


  • Ph.D., 2001, South Dakota State University


  • Conservation and management of stream and river fishes, conservation planning at large spatial scales, climate change effects on fish and aquatic biota, fisheries management.

Research Summary

  • Paukert's research focuses on meeting the needs of the cooperators of the Missouri Cooperative Research Unit. These needs have primarily focused on conservation and management of large river fishes, stream fish conservation at the local and landscape scale, and effects of climate change on aquatic systems. His research is applied and answers questions relevant to conservation and management agencies.
  • Current projects that Paukert, his students and post-docs are working on include a variety of applied topics and can be found at his personal website.
  • Paukert's research often is in collaboration with other scientists and agencies. Recent collaborations have included other academic institutions and departments (Michigan State University; Penn State University, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Louisiana State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Nebraska, University of Maine, and University of Georgia) and federal (US Geological Survey in Reston, VA, Bozeman, MT, Madison, WI, Cooke, WA, Flagstaff, AZ, and Columbia, MO, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service) and state/provincial (Missouri Department of Conservation, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, Minnesota DNR, Wisconsin DNR, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) agencies.

Selected Awards

  • John L. Funk Award of Excellence, Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2016
  • Paukert, C. P. and D. Galat. 2010. Warmwater rivers. Pages 699-730 In: W. Hubert and M. Quist, editors. Inland Fisheries Management in North America, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Letter of Appreciation from the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy for contribution to the National Climate Assessment Technical Input on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services, 2012
  • USGS STAR Award for Technical Assistance, US Geological Survey, Cooperative Research Units, 2012
  • Outstanding Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Faculty, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Student Organization, 2012
  • Selected Publications

    Books and book chapters

    • Paukert, C. P., and G. Scholten, editors. 2009. Paddlefish Management, Propagation, and Conservation in the 21st Century: Building from 20 years of Research and Management. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
    • Paukert, C. P. and D. Galat. 2010. Warmwater rivers. Pages 699-730 In: W. Hubert and M. Quist, editors. Inland Fisheries Management in North America, 3rd edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.
    • Isermann, D. and C. P. Paukert. 2010. Regulating harvest. Pages 185-212 In: W. A. Hubert and M. C. Quist, editors. Inland Fisheries Management in North America, third edition. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

    Journal articles

    • Breeggemann, J. J., M. A. Kaemingk, T. J. DeBates, C. P. Paukert, J. R. Krause, A. P. Letvin, T. M. Stevens, D. W. Willis, and S. R. Chipps. In press. Potential direct and indirect effects of climate change on a shallow natural lake fish assemblage. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. DOI:10.1111/eff.12248
    • Midway, S. R., T. Wagner, J. D. Zydlewski, B. J. Irwin, and C. P. Paukert. In press. Transboundary fisheries science: Meeting the challenges of inland fisheries management in the 21st century. Fisheries.
    • Westhoff, J.T., C. Paukert, S. Ettinger-Dietzel, H. Dodd, and M. Siepker. 2016. Behavioural thermoregulation and bioenergetics of riverine smallmouth bass associated with ambient cool-period thermal refuge. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 25:72-85, doi: 10.1111/eff.12192.
    • Spurgeon, J.J., C. P. Paukert, B.D. Healy, M. Trammell, D. Speas, and E. Omana-Smith. 2015. Translocation of Humpback Chub into tributary streams of the Colorado River: implications for conservation of large river fishes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 144:502-514.
    • Anderson, K. R., D. C. Chapman, T. T. Wynne, K. Masagounder, and C. P. Paukert. 2015. Suitability of Lake Erie for bighead carps based on bioenergetics models and remote sensing. Journal of Great Lakes Research 41:358-366.
    • Westhoff, J.T. and C. Paukert. 2014. Climate change simulations predict altered biotic response in a thermally heterogeneous stream system. PLoS ONE. e111438. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111438
    • Pease, A.A., and C. Paukert. 2014. Potential impacts of climate change on growth and prey consumption of stream-dwelling smallmouth bass in the central United States. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 23:336-346
    • Spurgeon, J. J., C. P. Paukert, B. D. Healy, C. A. Kelley, and D. P. Whiting. 2014. Can translocated native fishes retain their trophic niche when confronted with a resident invasive? Ecology of Freshwater Fish. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12160.
    • Staudt, A., A. K. Leidner, J. Howard, K. A. Brauman, J. S. Dukes, L. Hansen, C. Paukert, J. Sabo, and L. A. Solórzano. 2013. The added complications of climate change: understanding and managing biodiversity, ecosystems, and ecosystem services under multiple stressors. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11(9):494-501.
    • Cooke, S., C. Paukert, and Z. Hogan. 2012. Endangered river fish: Factors hindering conservation and restoration. Endangered Species Research 17:179-191.
    • Schloesser, J. T., C. P. Paukert, W. J. Doyle, T. D. Hill, K. D. Steffensen, and V. H. Travnichek. 2012. Heterogeneous detection probabilities for imperiled Missouri River fishes: implications for large river monitoring programs. Endangered Species Research 16:211-224.
    • Schloesser, J. T., C. P. Paukert, W. J. Doyle, T. D. Hill, K. D. Steffensen, and V. H. Travnichek. 2011. Fish assemblages at engineered and natural channel structures in the Lower Missouri River: implications for modified dike structures. River Research and Applications
    • Strecker, A., J. Olden, J. Whittier, and C. Paukert. 2011. Defining conservation priorities for freshwater fishes according to taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic diversity. Ecological Applications 21:3002-3013.
    • Paukert, C. P., K. L. Pitts, J. B. Whittier, and J. D. Olden. 2011. Development and assessment of a landscape-level ecological threat index of the Lower Colorado River Basin. Ecological Indicators 11:304-310.
    • Eitzmann, J. L., and C. P. Paukert. 2010. Urbanization in a Great Plains river: effects on fishes and food webs. River Research and Applications 26:948-959.
    • Bouska, W. W., and C. P. Paukert. 2010. Road crossing designs and their impact on fish assemblages of Great Plains streams. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:214-222.
    • Fischer, J.R., and C. P. Paukert. 2009. Spatial scale of stream fish assemblage and abundance estimates: effects of sampling effort, community structure, and habitat heterogeneity. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 66:277-290.
    • Petersen, J. H., D. L. DeAngelis, and C. P. Paukert. 2008. Developing bioenergetics and life history models for rare and endangered species. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137:244-253.
    • Petersen, J. H., and C. P. Paukert. 2005. Development of a bioenergetics model for humpback chub and evaluation of water temperature changes in the Grand Canyon, Colorado River. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:960-974.