Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"FILLED - Effects of hypoxia on prey consumption by fish"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Summer 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Ecology and Environment
Project Description:
Hypoxia has been identified as an influential stressor, impacting aquatic ecosystems throughout the world. While various field studies have demonstrated that intense bottom hypoxia can lead fishes to alter their distributions and prey consumption, such effects may be short lived and not have a meaningful, long-term impact on trophic pathways. To investigate this possibility, we will study yellow perch feeding behavior in the central basin of Lake Erie, a system with large, annually recurring hypoxic zone.
Expected Student Contributions:
The student intern will be responsible for assisting with collections in the field (Lake Erie), analyzing samples in the laboratory, and preparing and presenting the results. Successful applicants will have a strong interest in ecological research and be able to work well in a team as well as independently.
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Desired Qualifications:
Applicants with previous experience with ecology, data management, statistics, and research are preferred. Students must be dependable and be able to work independently, communicate well in writing and orally, and maintain a detailed lab notebook.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Hook, Tomas
Forestry and Natural Resources

Student Supervisor

Allison Hrycik
Graduate Student

Cooperating Faculty

Paris Collingsworth
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant