Office: Hagen Building 407 R
Minnesota State University Moorhead
1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, MN, 56563
Personal office land line: 218-477-5001
Department Office: 218-477-2572 (Melissa)
Schedule for Fall 2013. Email me to arrange appts outside of office hours.
Research in Biology
Research in Biology
Tropical Field Biology
Animal Behavior field course
Itasca Biological Field Station
University of Minnesota
Managing Editor, Behaviour
I study the ways fish use behavior to solve ecological problems (behavioral ecology). The focus of my research is anti-predator competence over ecological and evolutionary time scales. One line of research questions is how chemical cues mediate anti-predator behavior in aquatic habitats. A second set of questions is reproductive behavior of fishes, especially in the evolution of brood defense. Most recently I have been doing research on how parasites compromise the behavioral phenotype of their host to facilitate trophic transmission to their final host. I do lab research during the academic year using MSUM's fabulous aquatic research facility and field work in the summer at sites in Itasca State Park in my other life teaching for the University of Minnesota. All of this work is done almost entirely with undergraduate collaborators.
Fish research team for 2013-2014 (so far): working on convict cichlid evo-devo: Olivia Hanson, Cal Flander (co-advised by Shireen Alemadi), Avi Oczachowski and Katie Robinson; working on behavioral syndromes in zebrafish: Evangeline Holley, Kayla Kenney and Mikaela Hanson; proximate mechanisms of goldfish olfaction: Steve Redding, Vincent Anani, Dina Bosch, Frantz Joseph and Molly Kraemer; odor tracking by juvenile convict cichlids: Emily Mammenga; parasite-host interactions in fathead minnows: Sabrina Boit,Molly Dziekan and Ashley Eder.
- see the results and download pdfs of previous research
- google scholar profile
I have active collaborations within the MSUM Biosciences Department with Dan McEwen for all things quantitative, and Shireen Alemadi on the ontogeny of anti-predator competence in larval cichlids.
I also enjoy the stimulating benefits of collaborations with labs at other institutions.
1. Reproductive behavioral ecology of pupfish and convict cichlids Murray Itzkowitz, Lehigh University
2. Parasite-host interactions between Ornithodiplostomum and fathead minnows with Cam Goater and Tony Stumbo, University of Lethbridge
3. Proximate mechanisms of olfaction in goldfish with Greg Pyle, University of Lethbridge
4. Chemical ecology of fish with Peter Sorensen, University of Minnesota
5. Reproductive ecology of convict cichlids in Costa Rica with Jean-Guy Godin and Stacey Lee Jenkins, Carleton University
6. Chemical ecology of predator-prey interactions with Doug Chivers and Maud Ferrari, University of Saskatchewan
7. Behavioral ecology of fish with Mark Clark, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, North Dakota State University
updated Aug 2013