Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Diets of Great Lakes Fishes"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2012 - DURI
Research area(s):
Ecology, Environmental science
Project Description:
Fish populations and the fisheries that depend on them are supported by a diverse prey base which varies, ontogenetically, spatially and temporally. In the Great Lakes, prey populations of several ecologically and economically important fish species vary across habitats an over time. Moreover, densities and composition of invertebrate prey species have been impacted by invasive-species and other anthropogenic –related stressors. Such variations may lead to spatial and temporal differences in diet items consumed by fishes. Through this project, we will exam spatial and temporal patterns of Great Lakes fish diets and relate these patterns to habitat conditions.
Expected Student Contributions:
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. The student will contribute to various stages of the project including, analyses of diets under a microscope and data analysis.
Related Website(s):
http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~thook
Desired Qualifications:
Previous experience in ecology or molecular biology is preferred. Student must have the ability to manage data, work independently, keep detailed lab notebook, and communicate results to project leader.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
10
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Hook, Tomas
Deptartment/College:
Forestry and Natural Resources

Student Supervisor

Name:
Charles Roswell
Title:
Research Assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Cary Troy
Deptartment/College:
Civil Engineering