Advancing Fish Conservation & Fisheries Management

FWCB faculty and their students use cutting-edge methods, such as those form chemical ecology and ecological modeling, to understand the biology and evolution of fishes as well as solve practical ecological problems such as best approaches for responding to climate change,  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.

Gretchen Hansen (Assistant Professor) researches the effects of multiple stressors, e.g, climate change, invasive species, eutrophication on fish populations and food web dynamics.

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.


Mark Hove (Research Fellow) studies the life cycles of the freshwater mussels and develops reintroduction strategies. He leads the Minnesota Native Mussel Project.