Brandon Peoples

Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: Lehotsky 232
Phone: 864-656-4855
Personal Website:


 Educational Background

PhD Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech 2015

MS Fisheries & Wildlife Science
Virginia Tech 2010

BS Fisheries & Wildlife Biology
Arkansas Tech 2007

 Courses Taught

-Ichthyology (WFB 4771), every fall
-Fisheries Techniques (WFB 4611), every spring
-Creative Inquiry: Fish Biodiversity Challenge (FNR 4700-030), every semester
-Creative Inquiry: Black Bass Conservation (FNR 4700-041), every semester

-Analysis & Communication in Ecology (WFB 8550), even-year springs
-Study Design & Analysis (WFB 8610-011, online), every fall
-Fish Ecology (WFB 8540, online), every summer

 Research Interests

Our team studies fishes and the habitats and interactions that sustain them. We work in a variety of systems from small streams to large rivers and reservoirs to understand fish population and community patterns. We use observational field studies, experiments, and modeling of large datasets to investigate key questions regarding reproductive ecology, invasive species, population characteristics, and movement.


Recent select publications:

-Stoczynski, L., Brown, B. L., Midway, S. R., & Peoples, B. K. 2021. Landscape features and study design affect elements of metacommunity structure for stream fishes across the eastern USA. Freshwater Biology DOI:

-Peoples, B.K., E. Judson, T.L. Darden, D.J. Farrae, K. Kubach, J. Leitner, and M.C. Scott. 2021. Modeling distribution of endemic Bartram’s Bass: disturbance and proximity to invasion source increase hybridization with invasive Alabama Bass. North American Journal of Fisheries Management DOI:

-Denison, C. D., M. C. Scott, K. M. Kubach, and B. K. Peoples. 2021. Integrating Regional Frameworks and Local Variability for Riverine Bioassessment. Environmental Management 68:126-145.

-Brumm, K. J., R. D. Hanks, R. F. Baldwin, and B. K. Peoples. 2021. Accounting for multiple dimensions of biodiversity to assess surrogate performance in a freshwater conservation prioritization. Ecological Indicators 122:107320.

-Silknetter, S., R. P. Creed, B. L. Brown, E. A. Frimpong, J. Skelton, and B. K. Peoples. 2020. Positive biotic interactions in freshwaters: A review and research directive. Freshwater Biology 65:811-832.

-Peoples, B. K., A. J. Davis, S. R. Midway, J. D. Olden, and L. Stoczynski. 2020. Landscape-scale drivers of fish faunal homogenization and differentiation in the eastern United States. Hydrobiologia 847:3727-3741.


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