Team: Lab Alumni

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  • Chakong Thao (MSc)

    Fish community changes in Shoal Lake, Canada, following the overexploitation of walleye (Sander vitreus) (2015 MSc) Overexploitation of a single target species often results in fish community changes. Commercial and recreational overexploitation of walleye (Sander vitreus) in Shoal Lake, Ontario, in the early 1980s resulted in a ban on walleye fishing. In this study, we […]

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  • Leslie Schroeder (MSc)

    Die another day: Growth model reveals high natural survival rates in loggerhead sea turtles (2017 MSc) Accurate survival estimates are essential to sea turtle conservation but difficult to estimate due to anthropogenic mortality and confounding factors such as tag loss and emigration. The Lester Growth Model allows for the estimation of sex-specific adult natural survival […]

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  • Megan Tomamichel (MSc)

    Predicting the impacts of Heterosporis sutherlandae on the yield of a yellow perch population: An integrated modeling approach (2017 MSc) Heterosporosis a disease caused by a microsporidian parasite, Heterosporis sutherlandae, and can result in lesions in the host muscle tissue. I developed a stochastic, cohort-based integrated disease model to predict the impacts of this parasite […]

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  • Jason Papenfuss (MSc)

    Mimicking Nature: How water level management on a large reservoir affects walleye (Sander vitreus) spawning habitat (2015 MSc) The Namakan Reservoir, located on the Minnesota-Ontario border, has been successively managed under two water-level management policies (‘rule curves’) in recent decades. To compare the effects of the rule curves on walleye spawning, I modeled wave energy, […]

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  • Brian Moe (MSc)

    Estimating growth and mortality in Elasmobranchs: are we doing it correctly? (2015 MSc) The instantaneous mortality rate (M) is an important parameter in elasmobranch management and conservation, but is difficult to estimate directly. Thus, indirect estimates based on relatively easily obtained life history parameters are commonly used. Many indirect methods incorporate one or more parameters […]

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  • Grace Loppnow (PhD)

    Induced nest failure as a mechanism for controlling invasive smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu) and largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) (2017 PhD) Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu) and largemouth bass (M. salmoides) are invasive species in many parts of the world. Invasive bass can change native communities through predation and competition. Control efforts for bass have been limited, and sometimes […]

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  • Kyle Chezik (MSc)

    Fish growth and degree-days: Advice for selecting base temperatures in both within- and among-lake studies (2013 MSc) Ectotherm growth and development are largely a function of temperature. Within the range of thermal tolerance, growth and development increases linearly over a mid-range of temperatures. Degree-days (DD; ºC·days) are a method of quantifying the thermal experience of […]

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  • Tim Martin (MSc)

    Comparing estimates of fishing effort and lake choice derived from aerial creel surveys and smartphone application data in Ontario, Canada (2017 MSc) Anglers make decisions that have consequences for the fish stocks, ecosystems, and socio-economics with which they interact. Smartphone angling applications (apps) are a potentially less expensive and more comprehensive data source than conventional […]

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  • Kirsten Vacura (MSc)

    I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology. As an undergrad, I completed an honors thesis working with Common Carp, an invasive species in Minnesota. I looked at whether they can detect Antimycin A, a poison that can potentially be used for control, in food […]

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  • Maxime Vaugeois (Post-doc)

    My research is focused on modeling organisms at the individual or sub-individual scale to analyze emerging dynamics at the population scale using Individual-Based-Modeling (IBM). I am mainly interested in the impacts on fish populations of different stressors such as estrogens and other contaminants of emerging concern. I am also interested in predator-prey systems; in particular […]

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