Regents’ Professor, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and Interdisciplinary Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Texas A&M University


Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.23.40 AMDr. Kirk Winemiller is a Regents’ Professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. Winemiller obtained BA and MSc degrees from Miami University, Ohio, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M University in 1992, he
was a research associate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. He conducts research in evolutionary, community, ecosystem and fisheries ecology, with 220 published scientific journal articles, book chapters or books currently. Winemiller, his students and collaborators have conducted field studies at sites throughout Texas, the U.S., Latin America, Africa and Asia. Winemiller frequently has been called upon to apply scientific expertise to conservation of freshwater and coastal ecosystems in the U.S. and other regions of the world. He has taught courses in general ecology, population dynamics, and community ecology. During his tenure at TAMU, Winemiller has been principal advisor for 26 PhD students and 17 MSc students, and has mentored dozens of postdocs, undergraduate students and visiting international students and professionals. In 2007, he was recognized for his body of research accomplishments by being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was awarded the Ecological Society of America’s Mercer Award for one of his early contributions in food web ecology. He was twice awarded U.S. Fulbright Fellowships and has received TAMU’s Regents’ Professor Award, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Graduate Teaching, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Bush Excellence Award for International Teaching, President’s Award for Service to International Students, Association of Former Students’ Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, and AgriLife Faculty Fellowship.


The Winemiller Aquatic Ecology Lab investigates fish ecology and evolution, community ecology, and ecosystem ecology in aquatic habitats.  Our research is strongly field oriented, with studies conducted at sites throughout Texas, Latin America, Africa, and, more recently, Southeast Asia.  Our field research is conducted mostly in fluvial ecosystems (streams, rivers, estuaries) and adopts descriptive, comparative and experimental approaches.  The research is strongly oriented towards advancement of both basic scientific understanding as well as options for better conservation of biodiversity and the ecosystems that support it.  Topics of greatest interest are:

  • life history strategies, environmental variation and population dynamics
  • food webs and trophic ecology
  • population response to flow variation
  • species assemblage structure, environmental variation, and species functional traits
  • species diversity, biogeography and evolution


Cochran-Biederman, J.L., & Winemiller, K.O. (2010). Relationships among habitat, ecomorphology and diets of cichlids in the Bladen River, Belize. Environmental Biology of Fishes, 88(2): 143-152.

Winemiller, K.O., Hoeinghaus, D.J., Pease, A.A., Esselman, P.C., Honeycutt, R.L., Gbanaador, D., Carrera, E., & Payne, J. (2011). Stable isotope analysis reveals food web structure and watershed impacts along the fluvial gradient of a Mesoamerican coastal river. Wiley InterScience.