Fred Binkowski

  • Senior Scientist Emeritus, 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

Yang, S., Zhai, S.W., Shepherd, B., Binkowski, F.P., Hung, S., Sealey, W., Deng, D.F. 2019. Determination of optimal feeding rates for juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) fed a formulated dry diet. Aquaculture Nutrition 2019;001:1-12.

Jiang, M., Zhao, H., Zai, S.W., Newton, R., Shepherd, B., Tian, J., Lofald, A., Teh, S., Binkowski, F.P., Deng, D.F. 2019. Nutritional quality of different starches in feed fed to juvenile yellow perch, Perca Flavescens. Aquaculture Nutrition 2019;001:1-12.

Lee, S., Zhao, H., Li, Y., Binkowski, F. P., Deng, D.F., Shepard, B., Hung, S., Bai, S., 2018. Evaluation of formulated feed for juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) based on growth performance and nutrient retention. North American Journal of Aquaculture 80:-223-236.

Emmenegger, E.J., Sanders, G, Conway, C. Binkowski, F.P., Winton, J., and Kurath, G. 2016. Experimental infection of six North American fish species with the North Carolina strain of Spring Viraemia of Carp Virus. Aquaculture. 450:273-282.

Zachary R. Snobl, Ryan P. Koenigs, Ronald M. Bruch & Fredrick P. Binkowski. 2015. Do Tags Exceeding 2% of Total Body Weight Impair Lake Sturgeon Movement?, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 35:5, 880-884, DOI: 10.1080/02755947.2015.1069425

Kline, K., Bruch, R., Binkowski, F. 2009. People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient

Fish. Wisconsin Historical Society Press. 292pages. This publication has received 12 literary awards in the category of natural resource publications, including 8 national, 2 regional, and 2 local awards, and is currently in its second printing.

Frederick P. Binkowski, U.S. Patent 7,836,852 B2. Issued November 23, 2010. Methods for Manipulating Fish Spawning Cycles.

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.