Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Assessing bank movemnet of fishes in Lake Michigan"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2015 - DURI
Research area(s):
ecology; environment
Project Description:
Lake Michigan supports a diverse assemblage of fishes, some of which may undertake frequent migrations at specific periods during the day and night. In particular, small planktivorous fishes may move from offshore areas to nearshore areas to take advantage of higher abundances of food during the night and early morning. This study aims to detect the evidence of directed movement of planktonic fishes (e.g. alewife, shiners) from offshore to nearshore zones, and to assess if this movement differs in direction at certain times of the day, and among species or fish of different sizes. These aims will be addressed through a combination of field and laboratory work.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student will gain hands on experience in a fish ecology laboratory, working with other undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. The student will be responsible for collecting data from fish specimens in the laboratory, organizing and assimilating data, and working with senior researchers to analyze the resulting data. The student will also be involved with preparing a manuscript for submission to an international scientific journal.
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Desired Qualifications:
Interest in ecology. Experience with ecological research and coursework is preferred (but not required).
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Hook, Tomas
Forestry and Natural Resources

Student Supervisor

Mitch Zischke

Cooperating Faculty

Cary Troy
Civil Engineering