Advancing Fish Conservation & Fisheries Management

FWCB faculty and their students use cutting edge methods, such as those form chemical ecology and molecular biology, to understand the biology and evolution of fishes as well as solve practical problems such as best approaches for fish stocking, harvest, and invasive species control.

Przemek Bajer (Research Assistant Professor) studies movement, reproductive strategies, seasonal aggregations and cognitive abilities of invasive fish to develop integrated and targeted management strategies.

Loren Miller (Adjunct Associate Professor) applies genetic principles and techniques to questions of fisheries management and ecology. Dr. Miller, a DNR researcher, supervises the Aquatic Genetics laboratory.

Raymond Newman (Professor) focuses on how the biology of aquatic species and their interactions in lakes can be used to develop methods to control aquatic invasive plants and restore lake fisheries.

Nick Phelps (Assistant Professor) studies fish diseases and fish health, more generally. Dr. Phelps is Director of the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center. 

Andrew Simons (Professor) uses molecular techniques to understand the evolutionary history of fishes, such as minnows and carp. More recently, he has been studying trophic shifts in fish over evolutionary time scales.

Peter Sorensen (Professor) studies fish pheromones and uses this information to develop control methods for aquatic invasive species, such as carp and sea lamprey.

Paul Venturelli (Assistant Professor) combines modeling with field data to examine the role that life history traits play in shaping the population dynamics of fishes of interest to management or conservation.

Jessica Ward (Adjunct Assistant Professor) studies the ecological factors and evolutionary processes that shape animal communication systems and influence the formation and collapse of species boundaries.