Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Michael C. Quist, PhD

Assistant Unit Leader -  Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit 

Research Interests

Mike’s research program focuses on answering questions related to the management and conservation of aquatic systems. The impetus for his research emerges from issues and concerns related to native fish conservation and sport fisheries management. Consequently, he frames his research questions and approaches in a manner that has relevance to the general scientific community and natural resource managers. Although Mike has interests in all aspects of applied fisheries ecology, he has several focal research areas. These areas include research on fish assemblage structure and function, ecological thresholds, fish population dynamics, management of recreational and commercial fisheries, native species conservation, and development and evaluation of techniques for managing fishes (e.g., sampling design, age and growth analyses).

Teaching Interests

In the past, Mike has taught courses focused on Fish Biology, Fisheries Techniques, and Applied Fish Ecology. He has also led a study abroad course to South Korea. Currently, Mike teaches a 2-credit graduate course focused on Ecological Thresholds, a 3-credit graduate course focused on Advanced Fisheries Techniques, and helps administer a graduate seminar course.