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Graduate Students

Joseph A. Skorupski, Jr.


  • B.S. Fisheries Biology: Mansfield University 2008
  • M.S. Biology student, Advisor: Dr. J.H. Kennedy

Joseph SkorupskiAfter growing up in rural Pennsylvania I continued my appreciation for the outdoors at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania earning my B.S. in Fisheries Biology. While at Mansfield, I studied the population recovery of fish in Babbs Creek after the remediation of acid mine drainage discharges.

Throughout my time at Mansfield and afterwards, I worked a number of short-term technician positions. In 2005, I assisted with the development and remediation of a number of acid mine drainage sites in Schuylkill County Pennsylvania for the Schuylkill Headwaters Association. The following summer I worked in Oregon and Idaho with the USFS implementing a long-term habitat assessment on the Upper Columbia River Basin in concern of the endangered bull trout. After graduating, I acquired a six month position in the fisheries department at Yellowstone National Park. I was primarily the aquatic ecology technician where I assisted with monthly water quality collections, macroinvertebrate sampling, habitat assessments, and amphibian surveys. I also helped execute an ongoing restoration project for the native westslope cutthroat trout. The project uses piscicides to remove non-native and hybridized fish species.

My experiences at Yellowstone have led to my M.S. thesis project. I will be examining the macroinvertebrate populations of the East Fork Specimen Creek to determine the effects of a newly licensed rotenone. The project will be conducted the summer of 2009 and 2010 in collaboration with historical data.



We are currently seeking student lab assistants to process biological field samples.

Contact Us

Phone: 940-565-2981
Email: kennedy@unt.edu