Brandon Peoples

Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: Lehotsky 256
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

-Fishery Biology
-Design & Analysis of Ecological Experiments
-Creative Inquiry: Fish Biodiversity Challenge

 Research Interests

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

 Extension and Outreach

I am very active in the American Fisheries Society. I currently serve on the Publications Overview Committee and the newly-formed Science Communications Section. I have served several roles for the Southern Division of AFS, and currently administrate the listserv (email me to join).

I believe fisheries ecology should be accessible to everyone, so I co-write The Fisheries Blog with four other fisheries professionals. The Fisheries Blog has received regional and national recognition for excellence in communication, and we frequently collaborate to host science communication symposia at professional conferences.


Peoples, B.K. and E. A. Frimpong. 2016. Context-dependent outcomes in a reproductive mutualism between two freshwater fish species. Ecology and Evolution 6:1214-1233.

Olinger, C.T., B.K. Peoples, and E.A. Frimpong. 2016. Reproductive life history of Heterandria bimaculata (Heckel, 1848)(Poeciliinae: Poeciliidae) in the Honduran interior highlands: trait variation along an elevational gradient. Neotropical Ichthyology, 14

Peoples, B.K. and E.A. Frimpong. 2015. Biotic interactions and habitat drive positive co-occurrence between facilitating and beneficiary stream fishes. Journal of Biogeography 43: 923-931.

Peoples, B.K., L.A. Blanc and E.A. Frimpong. 2015. Lotic cyprinid communities can be structured as nest webs and predicted by the stress-gradient hypothesis. Journal of Animal Ecology 84: 1666-1677.

McManamay, R.A., B.K. Peoples, D.J. Orth, C.A. Dolloff and D.C. Matthews. 2015. Isolating causal pathways between flow and fish in the regulated river hierarchy. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 1731-1748.

Bolton, C., B.K. Peoples and E.A. Frimpong. 2015. Recognizing gape limitation and interannual variability in bluehead chub nesting microhabitat use in a small Virginia stream. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 30: 503-511.

Peoples, B.K., S.P. Floyd and E.A. Frimpong. 2015. Nesting microhabitat comparison of Central stoneroller and Bluehead chub: potential inference for host-switching by nest associates. Journal of Freshwater Ecology DOI: 10.1080/02705060.2015.1091390.

Peoples, B.K., R. A. McManamay, D.J. Orth, and E.A. Frimpong. 2014. Nesting habitat use by river chub in a hydrologically variable Appalachian tailwater. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 23: 283-293.

Peoples, B.K. 2013. Using social media to improve communication in the fisheries profession and engage the public. In Schaeffer, J. 143rd annual meeting wrap up: thank you Little Rock. Fisheries 38: 564-565.

Peoples, B.K. and E.A. Frimpong. 2013. Evidence of mutual benefits of nest association among freshwater cyprinids and implications for conservation. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 23: 911-923.

Peoples, B.K. and E.A. Frimpong. 2012. A snapshot analysis of age distributions of fishes in urban and forested Virginia streams. Urban Ecosystems 15: 927-937.

Peoples, B.K. 2012. Focus on the positive: how one little fish helps sustain aquatic biodiversity. Fisheries 37: 476.

Pendleton, R.M., J.J. Pritt, B.K. Peoples, and E.A. Frimpong. 2012. The strength of Nocomis nest association contributes to patterns of rarity and commonness in New River, Virginia cyprinids. American Midland Naturalist 168: 203-218.

Peoples, B.K., M.B. Tainer, and E.A. Frimpong. 2011. Bluehead chub nesting activity: a potential mechanism of population persistence in degraded stream habitats. Environmental Biology of Fishes 90: 379-391.

Peoples, B.K. and E.A. Frimpong. 2011. Among-pass, interregional, and single- versus multiple-season comparisons of detection probabilities of stream fishes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140: 67-83.