Jeff Kershner


Research Interests:
For most of my career, I’ve worked on a variety of issues that are related to the effects of land management practices on aquatic and riparian resources. My past research includes work on native salmonids in Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, explores various aspects of aquatic and riparian resource monitoring, and looks at fire effects on streams and riparian areas. Currently, I’m the Director of the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center and an affiliate faculty at Montana State University where I oversee a research group of biologists and ecologists that address natural resource issues including global climate change, fire ecology, fish and wildlife ecology, plant ecology, and the conservation of endangered species. In my past position, I was an aquatic ecologist for the USDA Forest Service and a research professor at Utah State University.

Recent Accomplishments


  • Ph.D. University of California, Davis 1991 - Ecology. Dissertation title: The Role of Physical Factors in the Distribution and Abundance of Rainbow and Brown trout in the Little Truckee River
  • M.S. Humboldt State University 1983 - Natural Resources. Thesis title: Characteristics and Attitudes of Some Klamath River Anglers
  • B.S. Humboldt State University 1976 - Fisheries

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