Dr Jeff Wesner | Principal Investigator

wesner_lab-6Jeff 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.

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Graduate Students

Eric Sazama | PhD candidate

wesner_lab-70Eric’s research examines links between organisms and their ecosystems. His aim is to develop new strategies to conserve or control insects. His PhD project is investigating how a type of bacteria (Wolbachia) affects insect hatches and the health of the Missouri River.

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Lauren Henning | Masters candidate


Lauren’s research interests are in examining ecosystem and community changes as a result of stress or disturbance, and how effects of these changes cross ecosystem boundaries. Her M.S. research will examine how the composition of terrestrial plants, including an invasive species, affects insect emergence of a neighboring freshwater pool.


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Brianna Henry | Masters candidate

wesner_lab-82Brianna’s research interests are in anthropogenic change to ecosystems, with a focus on sublethal impacts of contaminants, aquatic-terrestrial linkages, and invasive species. Her master’s work is measuring the impacts of agricultural runoff from tile drains in the prairie pothole region of South Dakota.

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Undergraduate Research Assistants

Charles Nearman | Independent Study 2017 | Fathead minnows and insect emergence
Erika Oddy | Independent Study 2017 | Spatial and temporal variation in insect emergence from backwaters of the Missouri River
Tyler Seidel | NSF-REU 2017 | Asian carp and native fish effects on insect emergence

Lab Alumni

Jerry Warmbold | MS 2016 | Fish ecology and aquatic-terrestrial linkages. Current Position: USDA.
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.
Abraham Kanz | Volunteer 2015| Fish predation meta-analysis. Current Position: M.S. student, Ecotoxicology, University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Nathan Bedoya | Volunteer 2015 | Fish predation meta-analysis. Current Position: Software sales, California.
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, https://www.boofcommunications.com/ @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 Positions: Rapid City, SD