Andrew Kinziger, Professor and Chair

Dr. Andrew Kinziger

Contact Information

Phone: 707-826-3944
Office: WDFS, Rm 210
Research Website


  • B.S. Environmental Science, (Computer Science Minor), 1996, St. Norbert College
  • M.S. Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology, 1998, Frostburg State University
  • Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Systematics, 2003, Saint Louis University

Courses Taught at HSU

  • FISH 310  Ichthyology
  • FISH 380  Techniques in Fisheries Biology
  • FISH 474  Conservation Genetics of Fish and Wildlife

Current Research Interests

  • Application of high-throughput sequencing to conservation and management of fishes
  • Use of environmental DNA in water samples to monitor distribution and abundance of fishes
  • Use of genetic data to make inference into the ecology and evolution of fishes, including divergence in adaptive and neutral traits, genetic stock identification, invasion genetics, and riverscape genetic structure
  • Research spans a broad taxonomic range, including salmonids, cyprinids, tidewater goby, catostomids, Cottus, and other freshwater and marine fishes

Recent HSU MS Theses

  • Parker, K.A. 2018. Evidence for the genetic basis and inheritance of ocean and river-maturing ecotypes of Pacific lamprey (Entosphenus tridentatus) in the Klamath River, California.
  • Sutter, M. 2018. Rangewide tidewater goby occupancy survey using environmental DNA.
  • Hinterman, K. 2016. Baseline monitoring and characterization of rocky intertidal fish communities in northern California.
  • Whitmore, R.W. 2016. Evaluation of parameter estimation and field application of transgenerational genetic mark-recapture.
  • Newell, C.B. 2015. Development of captive culture methods for the endangered tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi)
  • Schmelzle, M.C. 2015. Monitoring endangered tidewater goby using environmental DNA in water samples.
  • Wiesenfeld, J.C. 2014. Riverscape genetics identifies cryptic lineages of speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus) in the Klamath-Trinity basin.
  • Hellmair, Michael. 2011. Life history variation, genetic diversity, and extinction risk in the endangered tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi).
  • Reneski, Melissa. 2011. Temporal genetic analyses reveal divergence of hatchery steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) via drift.
  • Hearsey, James. 2011. Reproductive traits of sympatric spring and fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and their hybrids

Selected Publications

Chinook Salmon
  • Hearsey, J.W., and A.P. Kinziger. 2014. Diversity in sympatric Chinook salmon runs – timing, relative fat content and maturation. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 98:413-423
  • Kinziger, A. P., M. Hellmair, D.G. Hankin, and J.C. Garza. 2013. Contemporary population structure in Klamath River basin Chinook salmon revealed by analysis of microsatellite genetic data. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 142:1347-1357.
Tidewater Goby
  • Kinziger, A.P., M. Hellmair, W. T. McCraney, D.K. Jacobs, G.Goldsmith. 2015. Temporal genetic analysis of the endangered tidewater goby: extinction-colonization dynamics or drift in isolation? Molecular Ecology. 24: 5544–5560. doi: 10.1111/mec.13424
  • Hellmair, M., and A.P. Kinziger. 2014. Increased extinction potential of insular fish populations with reduced life history variation and low genetic diversity. PLoS ONE 9(11): e113139. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0113139
  • Hellmair, M., G. Goldsmith, and A.P. Kinziger. 2011. Preying on invasives: the exotic New Zealand mudsnail in the diet of the endangered tidewater goby. Biological Invasions 13:2197-2201.
  • McCraney, W. T., G. Goldsmith, D.K. Jacobs, and A.P. Kinziger. 2010. Rampant drift in artificially fragmented populations of the endangered tidewater goby (Eucyclogobius newberryi). Molecular Ecology 19: 3315–3327.
  • Baumsteiger, J., A.P. Kinziger, A. Aguilar. 2016. Novel concordance between geographic, environmental, and genetic structure in the ecological generalist prickly sculpin (Cottus asper) in California. Journal of Heredity 107: 504-517. doi: 10.1093/jhered/esw045
  • Kinziger, A.P., M. Hellmair, S.R. Fong, D.H. Goodman, H. Kelsey. 2016. Evolution of rough sculpin (Cottus asperrimus) genetic divergence and late Quaternary displacement on the Hat Creek fault, California, USA. Conservation Genetics. DOI:10.1007/s10592-016-0859-9
  • Baumsteiger, J.,A.P. Kinziger, S.B. Reid, A. Aguilar. 2014. Complex phylogeography and historical hybridization between sister taxa of freshwater sculpin (Cottus). Molecular Ecology. 23: 2602–2618.
  • Baumsteiger, J., A.P. Kinziger, and A. Aguilar. 2012. Life history and biogeographic diversification of an endemic western North American freshwater fish clade using a comparative species tree approach. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65:940-952.
  • Kinziger, A.P., and R.M. Wood. 2010. Cottus immaculatus, a new species of sculpin (Cottidae) from the Ozark Highlands of Arkansas and Missouri, USA. Zootaxa 2340:50-64.
  • Wiesenfeld, J.C., D.H. Goodman, and A.P. Kinziger. 2017. Riverscape genetics identifies speckled dace (Rhinichthys osculus) cryptic diversity in the Klamath-Trinity Basin. Conservation Genetics. 19:111-127.
  • Olsen, J.B., A.P. Kinziger, A.P., J.K. Wenburg, C.J. Lewis, C.T. Phillips, K.G. Ostrand. 2016. Genetic diversity and divergence in the fountain darter (Etheostoma fonticola): implications for conservation of an endangered species. Conservation Genetics. DOI:10.1007/s10592-016-0869-7
  • Schmelzle, M.C., and A.P. Kinziger. 2016. Using occupancy modeling to compare environmental DNA to traditional field methods for regional-scale monitoring of an endangered aquatic species. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16: 895–908. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12501
  • Wallace, M., E.W. Ojerholm, A.J. Scheiff, and A.P. Kinziger. 2015. First record of striped mullet (Mugil cephalus) in Humboldt Bay, California. California Fish and Game. 101:286-288.
  • Kinziger, A. P., R.J. Nakamoto, and B.C. Harvey. 2014. Local-scale invasion pathways and small founder numbers in introduced Sacramento pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus grandis). Conservation Genetics. 15:1-9.
  • Kinziger, A. P., R.J. Nakamoto, E.C. Anderson, and B.C. Harvey. 2011. Small founding number and low genetic diversity in an introduced species exhibiting limited invasion success (speckled dace, Rhinichthys osculus). Ecology and Evolution 1: 73–84.
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