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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 2019 May-June 2019: Animal Behavior field course at the Itasca Biological Field Station, University of Minnesota

June-July 2019: Quantitative Methods in Behavioral Ecology

Fall 2019
Invertebrate Zoology
Research in Biology

Spring 2020
Research in Biology
Tropical Conservation Biology
(Costa Rica)
Introduction to Public Health


Managing Editor, 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. 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. This work (MSUM and UMN) is done almost entirely with undergraduate collaborators. 

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