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Matt Kondratieff
Matt Kondratieff

​​​​​​​​​​​Aquatic Research Scientist -Stream Habitat Investigations

Contact Information​


  • M.S. Fishery and Wildlife Biology — Colorado State University, 2004

  • B.S. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology — University of California, Davis, 1996

Current or Recent Positions

  • Aquatic Research Scientist — Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 2006-Present

  • Fisheries Biologist — Wyoming Game and Fish, 2003-2006

  • Graduate Research Assistant — Colorado State University, 2000-2003

Current or Recent Research Projects

  • Monitoring fisheries, habitat, and angler response to habitat improvement techniques

  • Whitewater park hydraulics: implications for fish habitat and passage

  • Monitoring and evaluating upstream passage of fishes at in-stream obstacles

  • Evaluating and designing barriers to protect native cutthroat trout

  • Post-flood opportunities for fish habitat and passage improvement on the Front Range

  • Long-term evaluation of habitat improvement projects on the Upper South Platte River

  • Development of fish swimming and leaping performance criteria for Colorado fishes

  • Development and evaluation of a mobile RFID-GPS system

  • Stream habitat restoration projects with the Vocational Heavy Construction Technology Program (Buena Vista Correctional Facility)

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Fish passage and barriers

  • Aquatic habitat assessments

  • Stream restoration and habitat enhancement techniques

  • Project monitoring and evaluation

  • Fish swimming and leaping performance

Selected Publications

Fox, B. D., B. P. Bledsoe, E. Kolden, M. C. Kondratieff, and C. A. Myrick. 2016. Eco-hydraulic evaluation of whitewater parks as a fish passage barrier.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12397.

Kolden, E., B. D. Fox, B. P. Bledsoe, and M. C. Kondratieff.  2016. Modelling whitewater park hydraulics and fish habitat in Colorado. River Research and Applications. DOI: 10.1002/rra.2931.

Stephens, T. A., B. P. Bledsoe, B. D. Fox, E. Kolden, and M. C. Kondratieff. 2016. Effects of whitewater parks on fish passage: a spatially explicit hydraulic analysis. Ecological Engineering. 83 (2015) 305–318.

Richer, E. E., M. C. Kondratieff, and B. D. Swigle. 2015. Post-flood recovery assessment and stream restoration guidelines for the Colorado Front Range. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Aquatic Research Section. Fort Collins, Colorado.

Kondratieff, M. C. and E.E. Richer. 2013. Stream Habitat Investigations and Assistance, Job Progress Report. Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Fort Collins, Colorado. 103 pp.

Kondratieff, M. C. 2012. Stream habitat investigations and assistance. Job Progress Report. Federal Aid Project F-161-R17. Colorado Division of Wildlife. Fort Collins.

Ficke, A. D., C. A. Myrick, and M. C. Kondratieff. 2012. The effects of PIT tagging on the swimming performance and survival of three nonsalmonid freshwater fishes. Ecological Engineering 48:86-91.

Kondratieff, M. C. 2011. Stream habitat investigations and assistance. Job Progress Report. Federal Aid Project F-161-R17. Colorado Division of Wildlife. Fort Collins.

Kondratieff, M. C. 2007. Vocational Heavy Construction Technology Program: A Comprehensive Plan including Program Needs and Future Directions.  CPW Whitepaper.

Kondratieff, M. C., and C. A. Myrick. 2006. How high can brook trout jump? A laboratory evaluation of brook trout jumping performance.​Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:361-370.​

Brandt, M. M., P. Holloway, C. A. Myrick, and M. C. Kondratieff. 2005. Effects of waterfall dimensions and light intensity on age-0 brook trout jumping performance. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:496-502.

Kondratieff, M. C., and C. A. Myrick. 2005. Two adjustable waterfalls for evaluating fish jumping performance. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:503-508.​​

Myrick, C. A., and M. C. Kondratieff. 2004. An evaluation of a potential barrier to the upstream movement of brook tr​out in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.​ National Park Service Technical Report NPS/NRWRD/NRTR-2005/337.​​​