Kevin Roe

Dr. Kevin J Roe

  • Associate Professor


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134 Science II
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Area of Expertise

  • Freshwater Organism Conservation


  • B.S., Zoology, University of Georgia, 1988
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Georgia, 1994
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Alabama, 1999


My research interests include the conservation genetics, systematics, and evolution of freshwater organisms. To date this research has included fishes (Cichlids, Centrarchids, and Lampreys), molluscs (Unionids), and crustaceans (freshwater shrimps). In particular I am interested in the relationships between unionid mussels and their host fishes and future projects include investigating patterns of coevolution using molecular tools. I am also interested in the role historical processes play in the distribution of species and have several projects investigating the biogeography of freshwater organisms in North America.



Simpson, N, AP Bybel, MJ Weber, CL Pierce, KJ Roe (2019) Occurrence, Abundance, and Associations of Topeka Shiners (Notropis topeka) in Restored and Unrestored Oxbows in Iowa and Minnesota, USA. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019: 1-14.

Peterson, DAM, D Andersen, LA Biederman, TM Ditonto, and KJ Roe (2019) Mitigating implicit gender bias in student evaluations of teaching.  PLoS ONE.

R-W Wu, X-J Liu, S Wang, KJ Roe, S Ouyang, and X-P Wu. (2019) Analysis of mitochondrial genomes resolves the phylogenetic position of Chinese freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionidae). ZooKeys  812: 23-46.

Zambory, C*, H Ellis, C Pierce, KJ Roe, MJ Webber, K Schilling, NC Young. (2019) The Development of a GIS Methodology to Identify Oxbows and Former Stream Meanders from LiDAR-Derived Digital Elevation Models. Remote Sensing 11, 12; doi:10.3390/rs11010012.

Wu, R-W, Y-T Liu, S Wang, X-J Liu, Zanatta, DT, KJ Roe, X-P Wu. (2018) Testing the utility of DNA barcodes and a preliminary phylogenetic framework for Chinese freshwater mussels (Bivalvia:Unionidae) from the middle and lower Yangtze River. PLoS ONE 13(8): e0200956.

Chong, JP, KJ Roe. (2017) A comparison of population structure and gene flow patterns between and endangered freshwater mussel, its common relative and their shared host. Conservation Genetics DOI: 10.1007/s10592-017-1015-x.

McMurray, SE, KJ Roe. (2017) Considerations for the Controlled Propagation, Augmentation, and Reintroduction of Freshwater Mussels (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Unionoida). Freshwater Mollusk Biology and Conservation 20: 1-12.

Araujo R, S Schneider, KJ Roe, K Erpenbeck, and A Machordom. (2016) The origin and phylogeny of Margaritiferidae (Bivalvia: Unionoida). A synthesis of molecular and fossil data. Zoologica Scripta, DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12217.

Chong JP, Harris JL, Roe, KJ. (2016) Incongruence between mtDNA and nuclear data in the freshwater mussel genus Cyprogenia (Bivalvia: Unionidae) and its impact on species delineation. Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.2071

Roe KJ and Boyer, SL. (2015) A comparison of genetic diversity between sympatric populations of the endangered winged-mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa) and the pimpleback (Amphinaias pustulosa) in the St. Croix River, USA.  Bulletin of the American Malacological Society. 33(1):1-9.

Roe, KJ (2013) Molecular phylogenetics and zoogeography of the freshwater mussel genus Ptychobranchus (Bivalvia: Unionidae). Bulletin of the American Malacological Society. 31(2):257-265.

Randklev CR, Johnson MS, Tsakiris ET,  Rogers-Oetker S, Roe, KJ, Harris JL, McMurray S,  Robertson C, Groce J, and Wilkins N. (2012) False spike, Quadrula mitchelli (Bivalvia: Unionidae), is not extinct: first account of a live population in over 30 years. Bulletin of the American Malacological Society. 30:327-328.

O’Bryhim J, Chong JP, Lance SL, JonesKL, and Roe KJ. (2012) Development and characterization of sixteen microsatellite markers for the federally endangered species: Leptodea leptodon (Bivalvia: Unionidae) using paired-end Illumina shotgun sequencing. Conservation Genetics Resources. 4: 787-789.

von Rintelen K, Page TJ, Cai Y, Roe KJ,  Stelbrink B, Kuhajda BR, Iliffe T, Hughes J, von Rintelen T. (2011) Drawn to the dark side: a molecular phylogeny of freshwater shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Atyidae) reveals frequent cave invasions and challenges current taxonomic hypotheses. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 63: 82-96.

Bagley J, Mayden RL, Roe KJ, Holznagel WE, Harris PH. (2011) Congeneric phylogeographical sampling reveals polyphyly, challenges species’ limits within black basses (Centrarchidae: Micropterus). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 104: 346-363.

Hemmingsen, AH, Roe KJ, and Serb JM. (2009) Development and characterization of eleven microsatellite markers for the endangered winged-mapleleaf, Quadrula fragosa (Bivalvia, Unionidae). Molecular Ecology Resources, vol. 9: 1460–1466.