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 |

Graduate Students

Ryan Dunbeck | Masters candidate

Ryan completed his B.S. in Fish and Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho and joined our lab in fall 2019. He is studying the impacts of Asian Carp on freshwater food webs using historical data and experimental approaches. CV

Tanner Carlson | Masters candidate

Tanner completed a B.S. in Zoology with an emphasis in wildlife and fisheries management from North Dakota State University in December of 2017. He joined the lab in the fall of 2020 and is studying the population dynamics and seasonal use of Blue Suckers in the James River, which is a tributary of the Missouri River. He is using acoustic telemetry and sampling to determine how Blue Suckers, a native fish listed as a species of concern, use tributaries as an alternative for spawning migration due to the fragmentation of Blue Sucker populations and migratory routes within their native range. CV

Lindsey LaBrie | Masters candidate

Lindsey completed a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife with an emphasis in Conservation Biology as well as a B.A. in German Language & Culture in May 2020 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She joined the lab in January 2021 and is studying Invasive Bighead and Silver Carp movement in the James, Big Sioux, and Vermillion Rivers using eDNA, qPCR, and telemetry methods. CV


Jacob Ridgway | 2019 | Stage-structured feeding in fishes

Lab Alumni


Justin Pomeranz | 2019-2021 | Body size, food webs, Bayesian modeling. Current Position: Assistant Professor – Colorado Mesa University. Website|Google Scholar

Graduate students

Abraham Kanz | MS 2019 | Stage-structured feeding in fishes. Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate – Oklahoma State University.

Kayla Jarandson | Accelerated MS 2019| Stage-structured feeding in fishes. Current Position: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources LinkedIn

Eric Sazama | PhD 2018 | Wolbachia in aquatic insects. Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Sioux Falls. LinkedIn | Research Gate | Website |

Brianna Henry | MS 2018 | Tile drains and prairie pothole cross-ecosystem connections. Current Position: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Beltsville, MD | @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

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

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: Resident РUniversity of Iowa.

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

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