B.S. (Marine Biology), Texas A&M University
M.S. (Marine Science), College of William and Mary (VIMS)
Ph. D. (Fisheries Ecology), University of Georgia
I am a broadly trained aquatic ecologist with a principal focus on the behavioral ecology of fishes. My recent research addresses migration strategies, search behavior,
and habitat selection as mediated by chemical information. I am very active in the development of practical, scientifically-sound, and innovative management tools to
control invasive species. I teach or have taught courses on Stream Ecology, Invasion Ecology, and Effective Scientific Presentation.
Stream Ecology (advanced undergraduate)
Principles and Perspectives in Fisheries and Wildlife (graduate)
Invasion Ecology (graduate, special topics)
Slideology - the visual theory of effective PowerPoint presentations in science (graduate seminar)
B.Sc. (Zoology), University of Glasgow
M.Sc. (Fish Development), University of Glasgow
Ph. D. (Evolutionary Ecology), University of Glasgow
My research is directed towards understanding eco-evolutionary processes (e.g., ecological speciation), using lamprey species as model organisms in the United Kingdom and North America. I am also interested in the management of freshwater ecosystems, particularly the conservation of fishes.
B.S. (Biology), B.A. (Psychology), Converse College
M.Sc. (Animal Behavior), University of Exeter
I am investigating how migrating sea lamprey use habitat features and chemical cues to avoid predators when moving through rivers. This information will allow us to
create novel invasive species control methods based on manipulating and exploiting these movement tendencies. I am also interested in generating public interest and
policy through education and outreach. I seek a career creating science-based policy and management strategies for fisheries management and species conservation.
B.S. (Zoology), University of Oklahoma
I will be investigating natural mortality in juvenile sea lamprey as they migrate from their natal streams into the Great Lakes to commence parasitic feeding. I will examine diurnal and within-season out-migration rates and timing for newly transformed lamprey, and will test the hypotheses that survival is related to distance traveled and habitat type (rivers vs. drowned river mouth lakes). My work will make use of a new acoustic telemetry micro-transmitter designed for use in small eel-like fishes.
B.S. (Biochemistry and Biotechnology, emphasis in Chemistry), Minnesota State University Moorhead
I am investigating habituation prevention to a conspecific alarm cue (risk informing compound) in sea lamprey. I am captivated with chemical ecology and understanding
the molecular mechanisms of behavior. My long-term career goal is to receive M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, and to work in academia as a teacher and researcher.
B.S. (Biological Sciences), Colorado State University
I want to use research to answer crucial questions associated with environmental change in aquatic environments, and help integrate research with management to allow policy-makers to find practical solutions to such problems. I will be working with chemists to identify the chemical structure of a natural repellent for the invasive sea lamprey (an alarm cue), and testing those compounds in the lab and field to discover the role of the odor in the life of this organism, and how to use it in invasive species control
Current Employment: Research Technologist I
Michigan State University
My research is directed towards understanding the chemical communication system used by sea lamprey within riverine environments and how it may be manipulated to alter their migratory routes to improve control strategies. I am also interested in the management of freshwater fisheries, particularly the conservation of large fishes.
Current Employment: Effects of Sea Level Rise Program Manager
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
My research sought to reveal what strategies non-homing fishes (sea lamprey) use to navigate to coastlines, locate river plumes, and to assess the role conspecific odor cues play in migratory search behavior. This interdisciplinary project required a close collaboration with both hydrodynamic and animal movement modelers, and employed 3-D movement analysis via acoustic telemetry.
Current Employment: Assistant Professor
Wichita State University
I investigate how life-history affects the ecology and behavior of animals. While in the ABELab, I worked on projects to determine how sea lamprey respond to risk cues in rivers at different stages of their ontogeny. Working with Mike gave me a wealth of experience in grant writing and played an important role in procuring a Population Biology Program of Excellence postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Nebraska.