Dr Jeff Wesner | Principal Investigator


Jeff works on the ecology and conservation of stream and terrestrial ecosystems. He employs population, community, behavioral and food web ecology to: (1) guide conservation of freshwater species; and, (2) understand how species loss, species introductions and pollution affect food webs.

Research Gate | Google Scholar |CV |Jeff.Wesner@usd.edu

Graduate Students

Abe Kanz | Masters candidate


Abe’s research examines the role of fishes in aquatic-terrestrial food webs. His aim is to understand how fish co-exist and regulate emerging aquatic insects by feeding on different life-stages of aquatic insects. His research will reveal generalities to help us predict how fish invasion or species loss can

ResearchGate | Abraham.Kanz@coyotes.usd.edu | CV

Ryan Dunbeck | Masters candidate (starting Fall 2019)

Ryan completed his BS in Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho, and will join our lab in fall 2019 to study fish ecology.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jacob Ridgway | 2019 | Stage-structured feeding in fishes
Katy McCarthy | NSF-REU 2019 | HUFA’s in aquatic-terrestrial food webs
Alexis Culley | NSF-REU 2019 | Stage-structured feeding in fishes
Sarah Lane | 2019 | Stage-structured feeding in fishes

Lab Alumni

Graduate students
Kayla Jarandson | Accelerated MS 2019|Stage-structured feeding in fishes
Eric Sazama |PhD 2018|Wolbachia in aquatic insects. Current Position: Sanford Research LinkedIn | Research Gate | Website | Eric.Sazama@usd.edu
Brianna Henry | MS 2018 | Tile drains and prairie pothole cross-ecosystem connections. Current Position: USGS Fort Collins Science Center | @brithebiologist
Lauren Henning | MS 2018 | Odonate predator-prey interactions | @henning_lauren
Jerry Warmbold | MS 2016 | Fish ecology and aquatic-terrestrial linkages. Current Position: Canadian Fisheries | @jerrywarmbold
Undergraduate students
Yasmeen Sandoval | NSF-REU 2018 | Stage-structured feeding in fishes
Tyler Seidel | NSF-REU 2017 | Asian carp and native fish effects on insect emergence (Ph.D. student in Jaques Finlay‘s lab, University of Minnesota – Fall 2018)
Charles Nearman | Independent Study 2017 | Fathead minnows and insect emergence. Current Position: USGS
Erika Oddy | Independent Study 2017 | Spatial and temporal variation in insect emergence from backwaters of the Missouri River. Current Position: USGS
Michael Bosch | Independent Study 2015 | Invertebrate population models. Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate in Tony Ives‘ lab, University of Wisconsin.
Madi Krause | Volunteer 2015 | Mayfly culture and population model.
Nathan Bedoya | Volunteer 2015 | Fish predation meta-analysis. Current Position: Software sales, California.
Dr. Erik Manke | Independent study 2014 | Meta-analysis of fish effects on aquatic insects. Current Position: USD Medical School.
Spencer Neuharth | Independent study 2014 | Effects of toxins on fish hatchery eggs. Current Position: Freelance Outdoor Writer @SpencerNeuharth
Justin Schaefer | Independent study 2014 | Aquatic invertebrates of the Missouri River. Current Position: Opthamology Student, Boston, MA.
Jessica Speiser | Wetland tile drainage and insect emergence. Current Position: Rapid City, SD