Meet the Faculty

Charles "Chuck" HicksCharles "Chuck" Hicks
Assistant Professor/Aquaculture Specialist
George Washington Carver Farm
3804 Bald Hill Road
Jefferson City, MO  65101
Phone: (573) 681-5540


  • B.S. and M.S. in Fishery Biology from Utah State University, Logan

Research Focus

  • Production of food-sized sunfish and their hybrids
  • Method development for the commercial production of black and white crappie


Chuck Hicks was born and raised in Dairy Country, south-central Wisconsin and after spending many summers on dairy farms milking too many cows, remember they did not have milking parlors then, he vowed never to milk a cow again.
Chuck started his higher education experiences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and transferred after two years, to go west, and pursue a career in Fisheries Biology at Utah State University, Logan. When graduation certificates were given out Chuck was already in Alaska, working for the Fisheries Research Institute, University of Washington. Chuck spent a good part of the first summer in airplanes estimating salmon escapement into the major rivers on Kodiak Island. Chuck has many stories about flying in Alaska but they are too numerous to tell here. However, he mentioned if you want to see some of the planes they traveled in you would have to go to the Air & Space Museum at D.C. Chuck spent two years in Alaska and returned to Utah State to complete his M.S. in Fishery Biology. His first job was at the Utah Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Experimental Fish Cultural Station in Logan. He left Utah and became the Head of the State Hatchery System for the Missouri Department of Conservation and worked there for 17 years. Since then he has worked in many jobs in private industry and State Agencies. He is now an Assistant Professor at Lincoln University of Missouri and devotes his time to investigating Aquaculture emerging species, culture methods and aquaculture system methods.
Currently he is completing studies on the production of food sized sunfish and their hybrids and has initiated a new study on Method development for the commercial production of black and white crappie.