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SENR Graduate Specialization in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Fisheries and Wildlife

Fisheries and Wildlife Science

The field of Fisheries and Wildlife Science integrates a wide range of disciplines, including biology, ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, aquaculture, and the social sciences.  Fisheries and Wildlife Science works across individual and community populations.

You will engage in basic and applied research regarding the conservation and management of animals in the wild and aquatic systems.  The ecology and biology faculty in SENR create close-knit lab groups such as the Terrestrial Wildlife Ecology Laboratory and have outstanding research groups such as the Urban Coyote Ecology and Management project.

Active Graduate Advisors:

Jeremy Bruskotter
Konrad Dabrowski
Robert Gates
Stanley Gehrt
Suzanne Gray
Stephen Matthews
Jo Peacock
Risa Pesapane
William Peterman
Lauren Pintor
Christopher Tonra

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

N. Bai MS

Investigating the diversity and small mammal host ecology of Borrelia burgdorferi in Ohio

J. Evans MS

Fish Health and Water Quality in Small Agricultural Ponds in Rural Ohio

L. Lessin MS

Factors related to bird collisions with buildings along the coast of Lake Erie.

E. Amber MS

Evaluating AHDriFT Camera Traps and Traditional Survey Methods for Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) Presence-Absence

E. Ames PhD

Linking events across the annual cycle, in a Neotropical migratory songbird of conservation concern, the Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea)

K. Diesburg PhD

Consequences of terrestrial invaders for aquatic-riparian linkages

M. Gade PhD

Spatial variation in the abundance, demography, and physiology of the montane endemic salamander, Plethodon shermani, and the consequences of climate change

P. Gould PhD

Spatial variation in the abundance, trophic ecology, and role of semi-aquatic salamanders in headwater streams

S. Harrison


Effects of light pollution on fish feeding behavior and assemblage structure in reservoirs

N. Hengst MS

Movements and Habitat Relationships of Virginia Rails and Soras within Impounded Coastal Wetlands of Northwest Ohio

A. Hoffman PhD

Managing forests and understanding social intolerance for Ohio’s declining timber rattlesnakes

C. Parise MS

The Population Status and Diet of the North American River Otter in Ohio

K. Pocock MS

Trait differences in a non-native and native Ohio crayfish and the effect on rates of leaf decomposition

M. Scarasso MS

The influence of environmental drivers and biological invasion on intraspecific variation in crayfish behavior

S. Sforza MS

Spatial Analyses of Northern Bobwhite Occupancy and White-tailed Deer Hunter Distribution and Success in Ohio

A. Skinner MS

Using GPS-Tracking to Fill Knowledge Gaps in the Full Annual Cycle of an Elusive Aerial Insectivore in Steep Decline

L. DeJong MS

Impacts of Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) Removal on the Composition of Avian Assemblages in Rural Riparian Forests

M. Miller PhD

Induction of female monosex polyploid Yellow perch (Perca flavescens) and production of monosex stocks in order to increase efficiency of Yellow perch aquaculture

L. Milbern MS

Habitat usage of breeding songbirds in urban Columbus, Ohio

C. Rosenblatt MS

Integrated Population Modeling of Northern Bobwhite and Co-occupancy with Open-land-Dependent Birds in Southern Ohio

A. Tutterow MS

Prey availability and snake fungal disease as drivers of timber rattlesnake habitat selection across multiple spatial scales

S. Adamczak MS

Population Demographics and Diet Variation of the North American River Otter (Lontra canadensis) in Ohio, USA

G. Anchor MS

Impacts of Coyotes (Canis latrans) on White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Behavior and Mortality in the Chicago Region

T. Atkinson MS

Living in a haze: Direct and indirect impacts of turbidity and diet on an African cichlid fish

E. Berg MS

The effect of hydrological restoration on nutrient concentrations, macroinvertebrate communities, and amphibian populations in Lake Erie coastal wetlands

J. Corra MS

Aerial Insectivorous Birds Linked to Water Quality and Climate in Urbanizing Landscapes

J. Hansen MS

Survey Methods and Habitat Associations of Secretive Marsh Birds in Coastal Wetlands of the Western Lake Erie Basin

L. Lolya MS

Assessing Avian Responses to Habitat Management Along Pipeline Right-of-ways in Eastern Ohio

C. Nieman PhD

Visual Ecology of Lake Erie Fishes: An Investigation of the Impacts of Elevated Turbidity on Vision

A. Brunner MS The Winter Ecology and Response to Environmental Change of a Neotropical Migratory Songbird: the Swainson’s Warbler
C. Crosby MS The role of individual learning and dietary preference in the consumption of the invasive Green Porcelain Crab, Petrolisthes armatus, by Native Crab Predators

*OhioLink articles available to OSU students, faculty, and staff
**Students advised by SENR faculty in other OSU graduate programs