Dr. Bernie Kuhajda

Science Program Manager
Areas of Expertise: Ichthyology, Field Biology, Cave Biology

Bernie joined the TNACI staff in May 2012 after 25 years at the University of Alabama, where he managed a museum collection of 1 million specimens of preserved fishes from all around the world.  Though his studies of fishes and other aquatic organisms have taken him around the United States, Mexico, and Central Asia, his particular expertise is surveying and monitoring threatened and endangered species from aquatic systems in the Southeast, in part to help evaluate the effectiveness of conservation programs. He currently teaches weekend courses at the University of Alabama Gadsden Campus and on the main campus in Tuscaloosa every summer. He serves on multiple USFWS Recovery Teams/Groups for endangered and threatened species.

Daily Uniform: A fish shirt, the louder, the better!

Favorite Part of My Job: Field work.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Alabama (Biology)
M.S., Southern Illinois University (Zoology)
B.S., Southern Illinois University (Zoology)
B.A., Southern Illinois University (Chemistry)

Representative Publications:
Fluker, B.L., B. R.Kuhajda, and P.M. Harris. 2014. The influence if life-history strategy on genetic differentiation and lineage divergence in darters (Percidae: Etheostomatinae). Evolution 68-11:3199–3216.

Venarsky, M.P., B.M. Huntsman, A.D. Huryn, J.P. Benstead, and B.R. Kuhajda. 2014. Quantitative food web analysis supports the energy-limitation hypothesis in cave stream ecosystems. Oecologia 176:859-869.

Kuhajda, B.R.. 2014. Acipenseridae: Sturgeons. Pp. 160-206. In: Freshwater Fishes of North America, Volume 1, Petromyzontidae to Catostomidae, M.L. Warren, Jr., and B.M. Burr (eds.), John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Kuhajda, B.R.. 2014. Polyodontidae: Paddlefishes. Pp. 207-242. In: Freshwater Fishes of North America, Volume 1, Petromyzontidae to Catostomidae, M.L. Warren, Jr., and B.M. Burr (eds.), John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD.

Fluker, B.L., B.R. Kuhajda, and P.M. Harris. 2014. The effects of riverine impoundment on genetic structure and gene flow in two stream fishes from the Mobile River Basin. Freshwater Biology 59:526-543.

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