Joseph Schmitt

Joseph Schmitt

Ph.D. Research Assistant

Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation

Virginia Tech

149 Cheatham Hall

Blacksburg, VA 24060-0321

804-432-1881 voice

Research Interests:

Fisheries management, aquatic ecology, predator-prey interactions


Thesis project:  Post-hooking mortality of blue catfish caught by jug fishing.



M.S. Natural Resource Ecology & Management – Fisheries Option, 2012.  Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

B.S. Biology, 2009 (summa cum laude, Departmental Honors). Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA


Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2012 – present).

Research Assistant, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK (2010 – 2012).

Laboratory Teaching Assistant (Mammalogy), Department of Biology, Christopher Newport University (2008 – 2009).

Field Technician/Research Aide, Holistic Wildlife Services, Hampton, VA (2008-2009).

Research Aide, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA (2003- 2008).


Professional Memberships:

American Fisheries Society:

  • Parent Society
  • Oklahoma Chapter
  • Student Subunit of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society

Alpha Chi Honor Society
Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society


Activities & Awards:

Secretary and Treasurer, Student Subunit of the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

The W.P. Greene Merit Scholarship, Christopher Newport University, (2006-2007).

The Karl E. and Elizabeth H. Beamer Merit Scholarship Christopher Newport University, (2007-2008).

Christopher Newport University Honors Program Travel Award, to present at the annual AFS meeting, Ottawa, Ontario (2008).

Dean’s List (for every semester enrolled at Christopher Newport University).

Christopher Newport University Honors Program Scholar (2005-2009).

Student-Athlete Award for maintaining a high GPA while on the Christopher Newport University Sailing Team (2006, 2007).