Fred Binkowski

Senior Scientist
School of Freshwater Sciences


MS, Zoology (Fisheries Biology), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1974
BS, Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1971

Research Interests

My main research interests are sturgeon biology, the early life history of Great Lakes fishes, and urban aquaculture. My professional interests over the last 30 years include Great Lakes fisheries biology with a research focus on early life stage biology, behavior, reproduction, nutrition, and related outreach activities. Presently, a portion of my research and outreach effort is being directed at aquaculture in the areas of recirculating system technology, broodstock development, out-of-cycle spawning, and Intensive Aquaculture Technology (IAT). A recent focus has been to examine the application of some of these elements in the area of urban aquaculture with the primary focus being on aquaponics–“fin fish and plant culture."

Recent and Selected Publications

Grzybowski M, Rosauer M, Binkowski F, Klaper R, Shepherd B, and Goetz F. 2009. Genetic variation of 17 wild populations of yellow perch from the Midwest and East Coast analyzed via microsatellites. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139: 270-287.

Goetz F, Rise ML, Rise M, Goetz G, Binkowski F, and Shepherd B. 2009. Stimulation of growth and changes in the hepatic transciptome by 17β-estradiol in the yellow perch (Perca flavescens). Physiological Genomics 38: 261-280.

Kline K, Bruch R, and Binkowski F. 2009. People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish.  Wisconsin Historical Society Press. 292 pages.

Fulford RS, Rice JA, Miller TJ, and Binkowski FP. 2006. Elucidating patterns of size-dependent predation on larval yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Lake Michigan: An experimental and modeling approach. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63(1): 11-27.

Fulford RS, Rice JA, Miller TJ, Binkowski FP, Dettmers JM, and Belonger B. 2006. Foraging selectivity by larval yellow perch (Perca flavescens): Implications for understanding recruitment in small and large lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63(1): 28-42.

Fisheries biology, lake sturgeon biology, early life history of Great Lakes fishes, aquaculture, urban aquaculture