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School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

Charles Cichra

Professor, Fish Ecology and Management

Chuck Cichra began his fisheries career in 1973 as a summer intern working on the biology and ecology of a native crayfish, Orconectes virilis, inhabiting small Michigan lakes.

His Master’s research examined the effects of stream modification on the water quality, fish and invertebrate communities of Ohio streams.  His doctoral research focused on the fisheries management of small Texas reservoirs. For two years, he assisted the Extension Fish Disease Specialist of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service.

Extensive experience with computers and applied statistics resulted in Chuck’s working for more than two years as a full-time computer consultant for the Texas A&M University System.

Chuck joined the then Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Department in July 1986. Currently, he is a Professor and the Fisheries Extension Specialist for Florida. His personal extension programs include pond and lake management and youth education. He is the director of Fishing for Success, a program through which children (K-12) learn about fishing and the aquatic environment.  Chuck’s research and teaching programs focus on fish population sampling, fish ecology and fisheries management.

Courses Taught

IdentifierCourse Name
FAS 4305C  Introduction to Fishery Science 
FAS 5335C  Applied Fisheries Statistics 
FAS 6932  Fish and Limnology 


7922 NW 71st Street, PO Box 110600
Gainesville, FL 32653
(352) 273.3621

  • Education

    • B.S., Zoology, Ohio State University, 1974
    • M.S., Zoology (Fisheries Biology), Ohio State University, 1979
    • Ph.D., Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University, 1983