Joe Gerken

Joe Gerken, PhD

Instructor | Extension Specialist
Wildlife & Outdoor Enterprise Management | Fisheries & Aquaculture

1606 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: 785-532-1418

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Joe grew up in Ohio and learned to love the outdoors by hunting and fishing with his dad. Joe started his career by studying Zoology at Miami University. He then moved to Arkansas and studied habitat use of cave fish before heading to Kansas State and completing a Ph.D. in Biology in 2015. Joe is the Kansas fisheries/aquatic extension specialist and addresses statewide questions related to fish, aquatic ecosystems, aquatic weed control, and aquaculture.


  • PhD, Kansas State University, 2015
  • MS, University of Central Arkansas, 2008
  • BS, Miami University, 2005