Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Ecological specialization of fishes"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2013 - DURI
Research area(s):
Ecology and Environment
Project Description:
Individual specialization in diet, foraging behavior, habitat use, or another characteristics has been documented in hundreds of animal species. Understanding the causes and consequences of this specialization is important for understanding population and community dynamics, including the fisheries that we study. Morphological variation in fish has been linked to variation in diet and habitat use, and we will study this in the popular sport fish yellow perch. In this project we will attempt to relate body measurements of perch to diet and other factors.
Expected Student Contributions:
A successful applicant should have strong interest in ecological research. The student should be dependable and able to work effectively both independently and with other lab members. The student will collect morphometric measurements of perch in the lab, characterize their diets with a microscope, and perform statistical analyses.
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Desired Qualifications:
Previous experience in ecology is preferred. Student must have the ability to manage data, work independently, keep a detailed lab notebook, and effectively discuss results with project leader.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?

Professor in Charge

Hook, Tomas
forestry and natural resources

Student Supervisor

Tim Sesterhenn

Cooperating Faculty

Cary tTroy