Craig Paukert, PhD

Cooperative Professor

Fisheries and Wildlife

Graduate Emphasis Area Coordinator - Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-3524
Address 302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building
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  • Ph.D., 2001, South Dakota State University


  • Conservation and management of stream and river fishes, conservation planning at large spatial scales, climate change effects on fish and aquatic biota, fisheries management.

Research Summary

  • Paukert’s research focuses on meeting the needs of the cooperators of the Missouri Cooperative Research Unit, which have primarily focused on conservation and management of large river fishes, stream fish conservation at the local and landscape scale, and effects of climate change on aquatic systems. His research is applied and answers questions relevant to conservation and management agencies.
  • Current projects that Paukert, his students and post-docs are working on include a variety of applied topics and can be found at his personal website.
  • Paukert’s research often is in collaboration with other scientists and agencies. Recent collaborations have included over 10 academic institutions, federal agencies (US Geological Survey, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service) and state/provincial agencies (Missouri Department of Conservation,  Minnesota and Wisconsin DNR, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry) agencies, as well as international colleagues at Carleton University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, NORCE Norwegian Research Center and the University of New England (Australia).

Selected Awards

  • Drive to Distinction Award, MU College and Agriculture Food and Natural Resources top 10 research dollars from 2010-2020, 2021
  • Gold Chalk Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Teaching, University of Missouri, 2018
  • John L. Funk Award of Excellence, Missouri Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2016
  • Letter of Appreciation from the Executive Office of the President, Office of Science and Technology Policy for contribution to the National Climate Assessment Technical Input on Biodiversity, Ecosystems, and Ecosystem Services, 2012
  • Outstanding Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Faculty, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Graduate Student Organization, 2012

Selected Publications