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SENR Graduate Specialization in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences
Fisheries and Wildlife (photo credit: Adam Kautza)

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
Risa Pesapane
William Peterman
Lauren Pintor
Christopher Tonra

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

J. Alberts


Aquatic-to-Terrestrial Contaminant Flux in the Scioto River Basin, Ohio, USA

K. Batdorf


Distributional Changes in Ohio's Breeding Birds and the Importance of Climate and Land Cover Change

L. Binkley


Prevalnece of Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Salmonella, and Cephalsporin-resistant E. coli Strain in Canada Goose Feces at Urban and peri-urban sites in Central Ohio

L. Blyth

MS The Importance of Habitat Heterogeneity in Understanding the Effect of Forest Management Practices on Salamanders

C. Brooks


Vegetation Response an Use of Wooded Edges by Northern Bobwhites After Edge-Feathering Treatment in Southwestern Ohio

A. Brunner MS The Winter Ecology and Response to Environmental Change of a Neotropical Migratory Songbird: the Swainson’s Warbler

E. Cashion


Avian use of Riparian Habitats and the Conservation Reserve Program: Migratory Stopover in Agroecosystems

G. Colorado Zuluaga


Ecology & Conservation of Mixed Species Avian Flocks in the Andes

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

B. Dossman

MS Stopover Departure and Movement Behaviors of Migratory Songbirds


M. Gade


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

J. Grayson

MS Improvement of Yellow Perch Larvae Culture via Live Food Enrichment with Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

S. Harrison


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

L. Hostert

MS The Role of Individual Variation in the Consumption of Non-native Prey: Implications for the Evolution of Diet Specialization and Biological Invasions

A. Janke


Survival and Habitat Use of Non-breeding Northern Bobwhites on Private Lands in Ohio

C. Johnson

MS Direct and Indirect Effects of the Invasive Orconectes rusticus on Native O. sanbornii in Ohio Streams

P. Johnson


Migratory Stopover of Songbirds in the Western Lake Erie Basin

A. Kautza


Ecological and Management Implications of Multi-scale Environmental Influences on Stream Fish Assemblages: Evidence from Ohio and Idaho, USA

L. Kearns


Avian Responses to Predator Communities in Fragmented Urbanizing Landscapes

S. Kennedy

MS White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Fawn Survival and Seasonal Movement Patterns and Seasonal Movement Patterns of White-tailed Deer and Coyotes (Canis latrans) in the Cleveland Metropolitan Area

R. Knapik

MS Survival and Covey Density of Northern Bobwhites in Relation to Habitat Characteristics and Useable Space in Ohio

A. Kniowski


Summer Ecology of the Indiana Bat (Myotis sodalis) in an Agricultural Landscape

M. Liberati


Spring Dispersal and Breeding Ecology of Northern Bobwhite in Southeastern Ohio

J. Malpass

PhD Effects of Food and Vegetation on Breeding Birds and Nest Predators in the Suburban Matrix

M. McDermott

PhD The Contribution of Agroforestry Systems to Bird Conservation in the Andes

L. Meyer


In Light of Energy: Influences of Light Pollution on Linked Stream Riparian Invertbrate Community

K. Norris


Body Mass Dynamics, Stopover Duration, and Habitat Conditions for Migrant Shorebirds in the Southwestern Lake Erie Marsh Region

D. Narango


Causes and Consequences of Urban-Associated Song Variation: A Study of Vocal Behavior in the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

J. Odegard MS The role of functional diversity in biotic resistance of non-native fishes and invertebrates in Lake Erie coastal wetlands

B. Padilla


Avian Metapopulation Dynamics in an Urbanizing Landscape

A. Silvis


The Response of Bats to Shelterwood Harvest and Prescribed Fire

D. Slager


Movement Ecology And Stopover Duration Of Northern Waterthrush And Yellow-Rumped Warbler During Spring Migration Along The Upper Mississippi River

O. Smith

MS Effects of Agricultural Land Conversion and Landscape Connectivity on Movement, Survival, and Abundance of Northern Bobwhites (Colinus virginianus) in Ohio

J. Thieme


Behavioral and Reproductive Consequences of Pedator Activity to Grassland Birds

J. Tucker

MS Movements, Habitat Selection, and Home Ranges of Greater Sandhill Cranes (Grus candensis tabida) in Ohio

D. Vent

MS Associations between Riffles and Aquatic Biota following Lowhead Dam Removal: Implications for River Fish Conservation

M. Wiley


Usable Space and Microhabitat Characteristics for Bobwhites on Private Lands in Southwestern Ohio

K. Willard


Habitat Associations of Breeding Marsh Birds Within the Glaciated Region of Ohio, USA

E. Wilson


Dynamics of Sarcoptic Mange in an Urban Coyote (Canis latrans) Population

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