Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Early life diet and growth of Great Lakes fishes"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
Environmental Science
Project Description:
Small changes in survival during early life of fishes can have huge impacts on future population size. Through this project we will evaluate how physical (temperature, turbidity) and biotic (prey densities) conditions influence distributions, growth rates and ultimately survival of young fish in the Great Lakes (southern Lake Michigan and Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron).
Expected Student Contributions:
The selected student will work with a team of researchers (faculty, grad students, technicians, collaborating agency biologists) to collect, sort and process adult and larval fish samples. In addition, the student will work with this research group to analyze resulting data.
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Desired Qualifications:
The selected student should have strong interest in environmental and ecological research. In addition, the student should be very dependable and able to work effectively both independently and with a team.
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

Carolyn Foley

Cooperating Faculty

Cary Troy
Civil Engineering