John completed his M.S. in the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Wyoming in 2021. He currently works for Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
His research aims to understand reproductive isolating mechanisms maintaining Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations despite hybridization with rainbow trout in the North Fork Shoshone River drainage. He received his B.S. in Fisheries Management from Auburn University in 2015. As an undergraduate student he worked at the William R. Ireland Center for Fisheries Research where he completed an undergraduate research project studying factors influencing the caloric density of age-0 largemouth bass in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Alabama. Before starting at that the University of Wyoming he worked as a fisheries technician for both the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Professional Preparation and Appointments
2015 B.S., Fisheries Management, Auburn University
2017-2018 Fisheries Technician. Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Coeur d’Alene, ID
2016 Fisheries Technician. Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Laramie, WY
2015 Research Technician. Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Laramie, WY
Fennell, J. M.,B. Staton, C. Kemp, and R. Wright. March 2015. Changes in caloric density of age-0 coastal largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) across multiple gradients in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Alabama. Southeastern Ecology and Evolution Conference. Athens, Georgia.
Scholarships & Fellowships
2011–2015 Heritage Scholarship, Auburn University
2015 Homer S. Swingle Award, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn University