Steve Chipps, Ph.D.

Steve serves as the Unit Leader of the South Dakota Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit. His research interests include feeding ecology and energetics of fishes, and he and his students are currently working on trout management in the Black Hills, and pallid sturgeon ecology in the Missouri River. 


For more information about Steve, including a full publications list, visit his profile page on the South Dakota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit web site.
Steve also can be reached at his South Dakota State University email


  • Ph D University of Idaho 1997
  • MS West Virginia University 1992
  • BS Davis & Elkins College 1989

Research Interests

Steve's research focuses primarily on the feeding ecology and bioenergetics of fishes. He and his students use quantitative tools such as energy budgets, diet analysis, stable isotopes, and foraging models to help address fisheries management questions.

Teaching Interests

Steve teaches graduate-level courses in Aquatic Trophic Ecology and Ecology of Aquatic Invertebrates at South Dakota State University.