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Brian D. Wisenden

Office: Hagen Building 407 O

Chair, Biosciences Department, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 1104 7th Ave S, Moorhead, MN, 56563
Personal office land line: 218-477-5001
Department Office: 218-477-2572 (Melissa)


Summer 2020 May-June 2020: Cancelled! Animal Behavior field course at the Itasca Biological Field Station, University of Minnesota

June-July 2020: Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Ecology

Fall 2020
Aquatic Biology
Research in Biology

Spring 2021
Principles of Animal Behavior
Research in Biology


Editor in Chief, Behaviour


I study the ways fish use behavior to solve ecological problems (behavioral ecology). The main 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. 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. This work (MSUM and UMN) is done almost entirely with undergraduate collaborators. I am currently collaborating with Sumali Pandey (MSUM) on immunological curricular assessment and cortisol responses to alarm cues in fishes, and with Craig Stockwell and Cody Anderson (NDSU) on evolutionary attenuation of alarm behavior in isolated populations of desert fishes.

- see the results and download pdfs of previous research link
- google scholar profile link