Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander

Professor of Biology, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs


Ph.D., University of North Texas, Biology, 1997
B.A., University of Texas, Biology, 1992


How did you discover Western?

I was conducting aquatic biology research in the western United States and was working in the Gunnison Basin. I began investigating Western while I was doing my research. When a job opened up in my field of study, I knew that I had to apply and I was fortunate enough to be offered a job at this great place.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

I have worked to improve management of local streams and aquatic habitats through applying my knowledge of aquatic biodiversity to water quality issues. I have spent the last 16 years training students and taking them into the mountains to southwest Colorado to monitor a federally endangered species. I have been fortunate to work with local, state and national groups on improving management of fisheries and wildlife.

What most excites you about your field?

Science investigates some of the most exciting and fascinating phenomena. I get to study endangered species in alpine tundra to fish and insects in local streams. Being a field biologist, I also get to apply my field skills to help us learn to live well on the landscape while maintaining healthy, functional ecosystems.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

It is so hard to get bored in Gunnison. With all of the outdoor activities along with social activities, music, art and sports, you have to work hard to not have something to do.

Courses Taught

  • Limnology / Aquatic Biology
  • Diversity and Patterns of Life
  • Conservation Biology
  • Science Technology and the Environment
  • Environmental Biology
  • Zoology
  • Field Entomology
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Stream Ecology

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Entomology and Ecology (particularly of streams)
  • Monitoring and Assessment
  • Conservation Biology
  • Stoneflies
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • Aquatic Resources

Research In Progress

  • Monitoring of the Federally Endangered Uncompahgre Fritillary Butterfly
  • Biomonitoring/Assessment of Streams
  • Biodiversity Studies of Aquatic Insects from the Western U.S.
  • Riparian and Watershed Assessments
  • Baseline Studies in Conservation Biology