Dr. Charles Cichra, Professor
Fish Ecology and Management
Gainesville, FL 32653
Chuck Cichra began his fisheries career in 1973 as a summer intern working on the biology and ecology of a native crayfish, Orconectes virilis, inhabiting small Michigan lakes.
His Master’s research examined the effects of stream modification on the water quality, fish and invertebrate communities of Ohio streams. His doctoral research focused on the fisheries management of small Texas reservoirs. For two years, he assisted the Extension Fish Disease Specialist of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.
Extensive experience with computers and applied statistics resulted in Cichra’s working for more than two years as a full-time computer consultant for the Texas A&M University System.
Dr. Cichra joined FAS in July 1986. Currently, he is a Professor and the Fisheries Extension Specialist for Florida. His personal extension programs include pond and lake management and youth education. He is the director of Fishing for Success, a program through which children (K-12) learn about fishing and the aquatic environment. (Fishing for Success). Dr. Cichra’s research and teaching programs focus on fish population sampling, fish ecology and fisheries management.
B.S., Zoology, Ohio State University, 1974
M.S., Zoology (Fisheries Biology), Ohio State University, 1979
Ph.D., Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 1983
FAS 4305C Introduction to Fishery Science. Spring
Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Junior standing in Natural Resources Conservation, Biology, Botany, Wildlife, or Forestry, or consent of the instructor. Principles of fish management in freshwater. Includes field and laboratory techniques for aquatic habitat and fishery resource assessment, and consideration of contemporary issues pertinent to sport and commercial uses of renewable fisheries resources. (Team taught with Dr. D.E. Canfield, Jr.)
FAS 5335C Applied Fisheries Statistics. Fall, even years
Credits: 4; This course covers mathematical distributions, transforming data, outliers, significant figures, number of samples needed, effect of sampler size, sample design, mark-recapture and depletion methods of estimating abundance, length-frequency analysis, length-weight relationships (K, Wr, ANOCOVA), and basic statistical tests (e.g., t-tests, paired t-tests, tests of normality, correlations, simple ANOVAs, regression analysis). Additional topics will include ratios, pseudo-replication, nonparametric statistics, repeated-measures ANOVA, multiple comparison testing, and variable selection techniques. Handouts (computer printouts and primary literature) will be used extensively as supporting materials. Students will learn the basics of SAS (Statistical Analysis System) and JMP programming for data management and analysis. Each student will conduct an independent “sampling” project on a fisheries or aquatic science topic of their choice, including review of the literature, proposal and budget preparation, completion of field and/or laboratory work, and preparation of paper and oral presentation based on their research.
FAS 6932 Fish and Limnology. Spring
Principles of fish management in freshwater. Includes field and laboratory techniques for aquatic habitat and fishery resource assessment, and consideration of contemporary issues pertinent to sport and commercial uses of renewable fisheries resources. (Team taught with Dr. D.E. Canfield, Jr.)