Michael Quist

Mike received his BS in Fishery Resources from the University of Idaho, MS in Biology from Kansas State University, and a PhD in Biology from Kansas State University. Mike joined the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in 2010, where he is an Assistant Unit Leader and Associate Professor in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources at the University of Idaho.


Only Mike's five most recent publications are shown here. For more information about Mike, including a full publications list, visit his profile page on the Idaho Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit web site. 

Mike also can be reached at his University of Idaho email address: mcquist@uidaho.edu


  • Ph D Kansas State University 2002
  • MS Kansas State University 1999
  • BS University of Idaho 1996

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.