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Current Graduate Students

Greg Chorak

Greg Chorak
Advisor: Carl Ruetz
Research: Yellow perch stock assessment in drowned river mouth lakes and nearshore Lake Michigan
chorakg@mail.gvsu.edu

Travis Ellens

Travis Ellens
Advisor: Carl Ruetz
Research: The role of mottled sculpin in stream food webs
travisellens@gmail.com

Kaitlyn Emelander

Kaitlyn Emelander
Advisor: Carl Ruetz
Research: Occupancy modeling of yellow perch in Great Lakes coastal wetlands
emelandk@mail.gvsu.edu

Nick Gezon

Nick Gezon
Advisor: Kevin Strychar
Research: Viral ecology of the Great Lakes
gezonn@mail.gvsu.edu

Benjamin Giffin

Benjamin Giffin
Advisor: Charlyn Partridge
Research: Methods of determining live versus dead bacteria Using qPCR
giffinb@mail.gvsu.edu

Tori Harris

Tori Harris
Advisor: Rick Rediske
Research: The effects of mill debris on benthic macroinvertebrates using suction sampling and genomic methods
harrisv@mail.gvsu.edu

Emily Kindervater

Emily Kindervater
Advisor: Alan Steinman
Research: Phosphorus retention in West Michigan two-stage agricultural ditches
kinderve@mail.gvsu.edu

Katie Knapp

Katie Knapp
Advisor: Bopi Biddanda
Research: Estimating lake metabolism using Muskegon Lake Observatory
ringlerk@mail.gvsu.edu

Suse LaGory

Suse LaGory
Advisor: Carl Ruetz
Research: Stream fish ecology: abundance estimation, seasonal survival, and movement of mottled sculpin and brown trout
lagorys@mail.gvsu.edu

Jason Lorenz

Jason Lorenz
Advisor: Carl Ruetz
Research: Lake Sturgeon response to restored spawning habitat into the Kalamazoo River
lorenjas@mail.gvsu.edu

Dan Myers

Dan Myers
Advisor: Rick Rediske
Research: Assessment of suspended sediment and flow reductions from historic wetland restoration in priority subwatersheds of the Lower Grand River
myersda@mail.gvsu.edu

Kim Oldenborg

Kim Oldenborg
Advisor: Alan Steinman
Research: Phosphorus dynamics and hydrological modeling in restored flow through wetlands, formally agricultural land
oldenbok@mail.gvsu.edu

Hailee Pavisich

Hailee Pavisich
Advisor: Charlyn Partridge
Research: Genetic analysis of the spread of Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) populations in Northwest Michigan sand dunes
pavisich@mail.gvsu.edu

Andrew Pyman

Andrew Pyman
Advisor: Charlyn Partridge
Research: Development of rapid assessment methods for harmful algal blooms (HABs) using qPCR
pavisich@mail.gvsu.edu

Emma Rice

Emma Rice
Advisor: Jim McNair
Research: Adaptive management of invasive Baby's Breath (Gypsophila paniculata) in coastal dune habitats of Northwest Michigan
riceemm@mail.gvsu.edu

Rajesh (Raj) Sigdel

Rajesh (Raj) Sigdel
Advisor: Rick Rediske
Research: Assessment of environmental stressors of Indian Mill Creek
sigdelr@mail.gvsu.edu

Justin Wegner

Justin Wegner
Advisor: Mark Luttenton
Research: Brook trout behavioral thermoregulation and microhabitat selection
wegnerju@mail.gvsu.edu

Jay Zuidema

Jay Zuidema
Advisor: Jim McNair
Research: Estimating components of stream metabolism using the free water dissolved oxygen method
zuidejay@mail.gvsu.edu