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Hartman, Kyle

Professor of Wildlife & Fisheries Resources

Kyle Hartman is a Professor of Ecology in the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources program at WVU. He is also the Associate Director for Academics of the Division of Forestry and Natural Resources. He earned an A.S. in Natural Resources Law Enforcement at Hocking College in Ohio, his B.S. in Fish Management and his M.S. in Environmental Biology from The Ohio State University, and he received his Ph.D. in Marine Ecology from the University of Maryland at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. Kyle has been at WVU Since 1996. His research interests include the ecology and management of aquatic systems and biota. He is particularly interested in aquatic ecology, thermal adaptation, bioenergetics, population dynamics, human dimensions, and application of technology to address fisheries management issues. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, several book chapters, and served as the major advisor to more than 40 graduate students. He is the faculty advisor to the Student Subunit of the West Virginia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He teaches the Fisheries Summer Camp, Wildlife Ecosystem Ecology, Marine Ecology, and Fish Ecology. Kyle enjoys hunting pheasants and waterfowl with the Labrador retrievers that he and his wife, Donna, breed and show.


  1. Hartman, K.J., D.I. Wellman, Jr., J.W. Kingsbury, D. A. Cincotta, J.L. Clayton, K. M. Eliason, F. A. Jernejcic, N.V. Owens, and D. M. Smith. 2021.  A Case Study of a Prymnesium parvum Harmful Algae Bloom in the Ohio River Drainage: Impact, Recovery and Potential for Future Invasions/Range Expansion.  Water 13, 3233. 
  2. Carlson, A.K., W.W. Taylor, D.R. DeVries, C.P. Ferreri, M.J. Fogarty, K.J. Hartman, D.M. Infante, M.T. Kinnison, S.A. Levine, R.T. Melstrom, R.M. Newman, M.L. Pinsky, D.I. Rubenstein, P. Sullivan, P.A. Venturelli, M.J. Weber, M.R. Wuellner, G.B. Zydlewski.  2021.  Stepping up: a U.S. perspective on the Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries.  Fisheries 46(12)000-000.  
  3. Kahn, J.E., J.C. Watterson, C. Hager, N. Mathies, and K.J. Hartman.  2021.  Calculating adult sex ratios from observed breeding sex ratios for wide ranging, intermittently breeding species.  Ecosphere 12(5):e03504. 10.1002/ecs2.3504.   
  4. Niles, J.M. and K.J. Hartman. 2021.  Riparian timber harvest intensity affects diets of Appalachian Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 150(4):490-500.   
  5. Hartman, K.J., R.G. Andrew, C.W. Schwinghamer, D.W. Thorne, and J.S. Webster. 2019. Springtime exploitation of Brook Trout by anglers in remote headwater streams of central Appalachia.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 39:403-411. DOI: 10.1002/nafm.10280. 
  6. Hanks, R.D. and K.J. Hartman.  2019.  Evaluation of the Influences of Dam Release Types, Land Use, and Habitat Affecting Abundance, Richness, Diversity, and Community Structure of Larval and Juvenile Fish.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76(8):1388-1397.
  7. Haus, W.O., K.J. Hartman, J.M. Jacobs, and R.M. Harrell. 2017. Development of striped bass relative condition models with bioelectrical impedance analysis and associated temperature corrections. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 146(5):917-926.
  8. Studinski, J., A. Hafs, J. Niles, and K. Hartman. 2017. The effects of riparian disturbance on the condition and summer diets of age-0 brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in three central Appalachian streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74(7):980-986.
  9. Hafs, A., and K.J. Hartman. 2017. Seasonal changes in condition of Appalachian Brook Trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37:196-206.
  10. Hartman, K.J. and O. Jensen. 2017. Anticipating climate change impacts on Mongolian salmonids: bioenergetics models for lenok and Baikal grayling. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 26(3):383-396.