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Kevin Rogers
Kevin Rogers

Aquatic Research Scientist, Native Cutthroat Trout

Contact Information

Aquatic Research Group

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

PO Box 775777         

Steamboat Springs, CO  80477

Phone: (970) 846-7145



  • Ph.D., Fishery Science — Colorado State University, 1998

  • M.S., Fishery Science — Colorado State University, 1993

  • B.S., Biology — University of Colorado, 1988

  • B.S., Molecular Biology  — University of Colorado, 1988

Current or Recent Positions

  • Aquatic Research Scientist — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2003-Present

  • Aquatic Biologist — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2000-2003

  • Aquatic Technician — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 1996-2000

  • Research Associate — Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research, 1990-1996

Areas of Interest/Expertise

My primary research covers all aspects of cutthroat trout conservation and management but has been focused recently on developing the taxonomy of southern Rocky Mountain subspecies. In addition, I maintain ongoing projects dealing with hydroacoustics, mountain whitefish, northern pike, and tiger trout.

Current or Recent Research Projects

  • Cutthroat trout taxonomy – molecular and meristic investigations

  • Fitness in small populations - consequences of genetic bottlenecks

  • Adaptive capacity in cutthroat trout

  • Population viability

  • Mechanical removal of competing non-native salmonids

  • Cutthroat trout movement and habitat use in small streams

  • Methods to improve success of salmonid wild spawn operations

  • Hydroacoustic methods to estimate trout population and individual size

  • Software development

Selected Publications

Brinkman, S. F., H. J. Crockett, and K. B. Rogers.  2013.  Upper thermal tolerance of mountain whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni) eggs and fry.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:824-831.

Metcalf, J. L., S. L. Stowell, C. M. Kennedy, K. B. Rogers, J. Epp, K. Keepers, A. Cooper, J. J. Austin, A. P. Martin. 2012. A comparison of 19th and 21st century DNA and historical stocking data reveals the extent of human-induced changes to native diversity and distribution of cutthroat trout. Molecular Ecology 21:5194-5207.

Underwood, Z. E., C. A. Myrick, and K. B. Rogers. 2012. Effect of acclimation temperature and the upper thermal tolerance of Colorado River cutthroat trout Oncorhynchus clarkii pleuriticus. Journal of Fish Biology 80:2420-2433.

Rogers, K. B. 2010. Cutthroat trout taxonomy: exploring the heritage of Colorado's state fish. Carline, R. F., and C. LoSapio, editors. Conserving wild trout. Proceedings of the Wild Trout X Symposium, Bozeman, Montana. Available online at www.wil

Wixson, J. G., and K. B. Rogers. 2009. Detecting Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the wild when amphibians are absent. (Sharepoint: Documents/Research/Aquatic/pdf/Publications/HerpReviewDetectingBatrach2009.pdf) Herpetological Review 40:313-316.

Rogers, K. B. 2009. Gape width: an alternative to snout-vent length for characterizing anuran size. Herpetological Review 40:416-418.

Rogers, K. B., and G. C. White. 2007. Analysis of movement and habitat use from telemetry data. M. Brown and C. Guy, editors. Analysis and interpretation of freshwater fisheries data. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland.

Recent Reports

Rogers, K. B.  2012.  Piecing together the past: using DNA to resolve the heritage of our state fish. Colorado Outdoors 61(5):28-32

Bestgen, K, R., K. B. Rogers, and R. Granger.  2013.  Phenotype predicts genotype for lineages of native cutthroat trout in the southern Rocky Mountains.  Final Report to U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Colorado Field Office, Denver Federal Center (MS 65412), Denver, CO. Larval Fish Laboratory Contribution 177.

Rogers, K. B.  2013. Developing an alternative to the Inland Cutthroat Protocol's population Health Index.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Fort Collins.

Rogers, K. B.  2013.  Recent developments in cutthroat trout taxonomy: implications for Colorado River cutthroat trout.  Pages 37-42 in Hirsch, C. L., M. R. Dare, and S. L. Albeke, editors. Range-wide status of Colorado River cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus c larkii pleuriticus): 2010.  Colorado River Cutthroat Trout Conservation Team Report.  Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Fort Collins.