My research interests are centered around management and conservation of freshwater resources. I am especially interested in macroinvertebrate and fisheries ecology, ecosystem restoration, watershed management, and aquatic ecosystem linkages.
My current and past research activities are discussed below. There are many opportunities for senior thesis projects, so I would encourage interested students to contact me (email@example.com) to discuss their interests further.
Phenology and Health of Migratory Fishes in Lake Superior Tributaries
Collaborators: P. Ripple (Bay Mills Indian Community), K. Kapuscinski and J. Li (LSSU)
The goals of this research project are to: 1) characterize timing and size of in- and out-migrations by Great Lakes fishes in relation to temperature and discharge, and 2) assess the physiological health of Great Lakes migrants
Conservation of native fish communities in tributaries to the Great Lakes: Predicting the impacts of contaminants delivered by spawning Pacific Salmon
Collaborators: D. Chaloner, G. Lamberti, & D. Pitts (Notre Dame), R. Rediski (GVSU)
The goal of this project is to evaluate the interactive effects of watershed condition and contaminant biotransport by introduced salmon on the contaminant load of stream resident fish. Data on if/how watershed factors influence uptake of contaminants by stream fish will inform conservation and management of fish in the Great Lakes basin.
Moerke et al. Potential for contrasting nutrient subsidies to Great Lakes tributaries by native and non-native migratory fishes. Society for Freshwater Science annual conference, 2015, Milwaukee, WI Poster
Restoration of the Little Rapids, St. Marys River
Collaborators: GLC, NOAA, MDEQ, MDNR
A multi-institutional team is developing and implementing a habitat restoration plan to restore flow to the Little Rapids area of the St. Marys River and create improved forage, nursery, and spawning habitat for riverine fishes. LSSU scientists are leading the monitoring effort to evaluate the changes in physical and biological (benthic invertebrates and fish) after the restoration.
Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program
Collaborators: D. Uzarski (CMU), V. Brady (NRRI), M. Cooper (CMU), and others
The GLCWM Program is a Great Lakes-wide effort to assess the status of and trends in coastal wetland health. LSSU and its collaborators are collecting physical, chemical, and biological data to develop indices of wetland health. These indices will help prioritize coastal wetlands for future.
Evaluation of a new biocontrol agent on Eurasian water milfoil infestations
Collaborators: Tom Alwin (MDEQ), G. Zimmerman (LSSU)
Experimental application of a new biocontrol agent, Mt, will be conducted to evaluate target and non-target impacts on Eurasian water milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant.