Redefining the Classroom

Senior Thesis Projects

The ARL has supported the following LSSU Senior Thesis projects:


Sean Allen. 2012 (G. Steinhart). Rearing of Atlantic salmon at varying coldwater temperatures.
Nick Arend. 2013 (G. Steinhart). Detection of eggs in round goby stomachs.
Trevor Asperger. 2013 (J. Li). Hematological effects of tumors on suckers in the Rifle River, Michigan.
Dana Jo DePlonty 2012 (K. Arend). Zooplankton availability to larval walleye (Sander vitreus) in Black Lake, MI, USA.
Sara Dimick. 2013 (G. Steinhart). Variation in round goby density in the Great Lakes.
Tom Eitniear. 2013 (J. Li). Analyzing water quality at Marquette State Fish Hatchery.
Matthew Elya 2013 (A. Moerke). Comparison of nutrient excretion rates of native and non-native migratory fishes in Great Lakes tributaries.
Jason Gostiaux 2013. (G. Steinhart). Changes in yellow perch growth and size structure after biological and chemical manipulation.
James Miller. 2013 (G. Steinhart). Factors affecting the recruitment of largemouth bass in Solier Lake, MI.
Jimmy Osga. 2013 (A. Moerke). Changes in the spatial distriburion of adult sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) in the St. Marys River before, during, and after spawning.
John Ransom. 2012 (A. Moerke). Impacts of non-native salmonids on stream resident fish communities after barrier removal.
Jeffrey Salvin, 2013 (G. Steinhart). Northern pike (Esox lucius) movement after barrier removal on the Potagannissing River, MI.
Jared Stephen. 2012 (K. Arend). Potential for prey competition between yellow perch and rainbow trout in Duke's Lake, Michigan.
Stephan Tucker. 2012 (A. Moerke). Verification of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) reproduction in the St. Marys River, Michigan.
Jackie Wolfinger. 2012 (G. Zimmerman). Evaluation of brochures as a method of educating anglers on the use of certified bait.


Shane Albrecht. 2011 (J. Westrick). Testing the virtual beach Escerichia coli prediction model on Sugar Island, MI.
Amanda Chambers. 2012. (A. Moerke). Status, distribution, and environmental factors limiting brook trout in Cheney Creek, MI.
Joshua Crane. (A. Moerke). 2012 Relationship between water-column nutrients and vegetation in restored Iowa wetlands.
Kris Dey. 2011 (N. Kirkpatrick). Genetic Distribution of Lake Sturgeon in the St. Marys River.
Douglas Galvas. 2012 (G. Steinhart). Biomanipulation of yellow perch by introducing a top predator in a north-temperate bog lake.
Steven Gambicki. 2012 (G. Steinhart). Changes in sea lamprey size and fecundity in the Great Lakes.
Anfrew Halonen. 2012 (G. Zimmerman). The influence of pond size on fish species richness.
Alexander Ingersoll. 2012 (A. Moerke). Spatial and temporal distribution of larval fishes in Black Lake, Cheboygan, MI.
Luke Kaiser. 2012 (G. Steinhart). Magnitude and locations of egg deposition of spawning walleye in Black Lake.
Kyle Krajniak. 2011 (J. Garvon). The parasite fauna of Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) stomachs of Northern Lake Huron.
Katherine Marsh. 2012 (J. Li). EMS and thiamine concentrations within Great Lakes species.
Brian Marshall. 2012 (A. Moerke). Effect of spawning salmon on the emergence of aquatic insects in a Michigan stream.
Nathan Otter. 2011 (G. Steinhart). Assessing management actions on the fish community of Piatt Lale, Michigan.
Dawn Petrowski. 2012 (G. Steinhart). Effect of round gobies on the growth of young-of-the-year smallmouth bass in Lake Erie.
Ellis Raatz. 2012 (G. Steinhart). Pressure and harvest practices on Soldier Lake, MI.
Jacob Riley. 2012 (A. Moerke). Does the physical environment of a stream favor certain life history attributes of fishes?
Shawna Ward. 2012 (A. Moerke). Developing a stream monitoring program for the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians.
James Zellinger. (A. Moerke). 2012 Habitat use by brook and brown trout in a small Michigan stream.


Robert Cross. 2011 (A. Moerke). The role of barriers in protecting native fish communities from upstream migration.
Ross Gay. 2011 (A. Moerke). Effects of spawning Pacific salmon on aquatic macroinvertebrate drift.
Jessica Kosiara. 2011 (A. Moerke). Experimental evaluation of spawning salmon effects on algal biomass.
Daniel Operhall. 2011 (G. Steinhart). Contribution of wild steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to the St. Marys fishery.
Andrew Truax. 2011 (A. Moerke). Biological and economic surveys of aquatic invasive species in tributaries to the St. Marys River.
Michael Tower. 2011 (G. Steinhart). Mortality, harvest, and growth of rainbow and brown trout after stocking.
Kelly Turek. 2011 (G. Steinhart). Evaluating aging techniques for Atlantic salmon in the St. Marys River.
Darren Vernocke. 2011 (G. Steinhart). Asymmetry as an indicator of genetic diversity in Atlantic salmon.


Ryan Booth. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Changes in sea lamprey swimming performance when exposed to repellents.
Andrew Briggs. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Stunting of northern pike in northern Michigan lakes: When and why?
Tyler Buchinger. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Localization of the retentive and spawning behavior inducing components of the male sea lamprey mating pheromone.
Ricky DiRocco. 2010 (N. Kirkpatrick). Genetic variation of round whitefish in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state.
John Jacques. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Yellow perch (Perca flavescens) removal from Soldier Lake: effects on growth rates and population structure.
Greg McClure. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Bioenergetic analysis of walleye (Sander vitreus) consumption of yellow perch (Perca flavescens) in Waiska Bay, MI.
Luke McManus. 2010 (A. Moerke). Ecological responses of a headwater stream to the presence of pastured cattle.
Dave Montgomery. 2010 (A. Moerke). Siscowet lake trout condition and abundance in northern Lake Superior.
Aaron Ohrn. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Diet analysis of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the St. Marys River.
Josh Peacock. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Baseline population assessment of lake sturgeon in Tetu Lake, Ontario.
Nick Steimel. 2010 (G. Steinhart). Evaluating fish use of the St. Marys River rapids using a rotary screw trap.
Ben Turschak. 2009 (A. Moerke). Changes in the zooplankton community of the St. Marys River.
Nate Ward. 2010 (A. Moerke). Evaluation of large wood additions on fish communities in low-gradient Upper Peninsula streams.
Joel Wils. 2010 (A. Moerke). Effect of artificial stream bank structures on salmonid populations.


Jessica Comben. 2009 (N. Kirkpatrick). Redside dace in Michigan's Upper Peninsula: indigenous or bait bucket escapees?
Brandon Gerig. 2009 (A. Moerke). Population characteristics, movement patterns and habitat of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the S. Marys River.
Amanda Halliday. 2009 (N. Kirkpatrick). Genetic diversity of round whitefish (Prosopium cylindraceum) at one microsatellite loci in six Adirondack Mountain lakes.
Kathryn Harriger. 2009 (A. Moerke). Freshwater mussel distribution and demographics in relation to microhabitat.
Corey Jerome. 2009 (A. Moerke). Sunfish predation on milfoil weevil (Euhrychiopsis lecontei) in two inland lakes.
Brianne Lunn. 2009 (G. Steinhart). Effect of brood reduction on nest abandonment by smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu).
Chris Olds. 2009 (A. Moerke). Fin and micropore morphometrics of two lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) strains.
Matt Pumfery. 2009 (A. Moerke). Diet analysis of double-crested cormorants on Brevoort Lake, MI.
Ed Shaw. 2009 (G. Steinhart). Fish use of the St. Marys River rapids.
Frank Zomer. 2008 (A. Moerke). Differences in benthic algae, macroinvertebrate and fish use of log cribs of varying ages.


Scott Collins. 2008 (A. Moerke). Response of algal biomass and water chemistry to spawning pacific salmon in three northern Michigan streams.

Samantha Gabriel. 2008 (G. Steinhart). Conditioning of wild salmon under simulated hatchery conditions.

Roxann Huisman.  2008 (B. Keller). Phosphorus concentrations in coho salmon from the Platte River Fish Hatchery.

Jennifer A. Johnson. 2008 (A. Moerke). Freshwater mussel distribution and relationships with landscape variables in northern Michigan streams.

Jason Lorenz. 2008 (G. Steinhart). Predation on lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) eggs by three crayfish (Orconectes spp.) species in the Peshtigo River, Wisconsin.

Alex Mwai. 2008 (B. Evans). Genetic diversity of the yellow perch population in the St. Marys River, Michigan.

Ryan Namespetra. 2008 (G. Steinhart). Behavioral response of sea lamprey (Petromyzon Marinus) to three possible chemical repellents.

Kurt Harjala. 2007 (A. Moerke). Can landscape parameters predict steelhead redd locations?
Michael Jones. 2007 (A. Moerke). Biological and chemical assessment of Kinross and Duke’s Lakes, MI.

Brian Narwocki. 2007 (A. Moerke). Effects of fishing tournament length on bass mortality.



Brian Engelbert. 2007 (G. Steinhart). Evaluation of aging techniques using lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis).
John Kerr. 2007 (B. Evans). The effect of fyke net color on fish catch.
Meghan Kline. 2007 (A. Moerke). Population characteristics and movement patterns of lake sturgeon (Acipenser
fulvescens) in the St. Marys River.

Jeramy Pinkerton. 2006(A. Moerke). Diet and morphology of four coregonine species in Lake Superior.
Loralei Premo. 2007(G. Zimmerman). Characterizing benthic macroinvertebrate communities collected in streams of the St.
Marys River watershed as part of a Citizen Science monitoring program.

Kandi Schnurer. 2006 (G. Zimmerman/A. Moerke). Biological assessment of two aquatic ecosystems in Camp Grayling, MI.
Katy Traylor. 2006 (A. Moerke). Pearson Creek macroinvertebrate survey.
Brian Wesolek. 2006 (B. Evans). Genetic impact of stocking hatchery brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) into tributaries
of the Ontonagon River system.
Chris Wesolek. 2006 (J. Roese). Native browse vs. food plots for white-tailed deer: a nutritional comparison.
Jeri Wrzesinski. 2007 (A. Moerke). A comparison study of burbot (Lota lota) habitat in a coldwater stream.


Chris Adams. 2006 (A. Moerke).  Influence of spawning salmonids on diets of pre-smolt steelhead.

Brian Gause. 2006 (D. Stai). The use of ultraviolet irradiation to eliminate bacteria in a hatchery water supply with an emphasis on Renibacterium salmoninarum.

Jeremiah Johnson. 2006 (A. Moerke).  Egg-thiamine concentration and the occurrence of Early Mortality Syndrome in larval lake trout from Yankee Reef, Lake Huron.

Jacob "Billy Bob" Kelly.  2006 (A. Moerke).  Comparison of three aging techniques for yellow perch in Baei de Wassai, MI.

Matt Lipps. 2006 (A. Moerke).  Seasonal distribution of walleye and muskellunge in the Tahquamenon River, MI.

Dyllin Patrick. 2006 (J. Lallaman). 

Hayley Potter. 2006 (A. Moerke).  Assessment of fish communities in coastal wetlands of the St. Marys River, MI.

Rachel Rinkus. 2006 (A. Moerke).  A comparison of macroinvertebrate communities in nine coastal wetlands of the St. Marys River, MI.

Steve Warner. 2006 (B. Evans).

Anthony Michele.  2005 (J. Lallaman).  Assessment of hatchery contribution to four chinook salmon populations in the St. Marys River.



Kyle Axtell. 2005 (A. Moerke).  The effects of hydroelectric impoundments on aquatic macroinvertebrate assemblages in the Boardman River, MI.

John Bauman. 2005 (A. Moerke).  Evaluation of a stream-side rearing facility by measuring growth dynamics of YOY lake sturgeon.

Mike Donofrio, (A. Litvinov). Changes in Bone Lake fish populations after a habitat disturbance.

Holly Guest, (D. Stai).  Bacterial influences on natural river water.

Scott Hoyer. 2005 (B. Keller and A. Iretski).  The effects of water hardening using gas super-saturated water on the survival and mortality rates in Brook trout and Splake.

Heather Jordan, (B. Evans).  Zooplankton densities in the St. Marys River.

Dianna Kintz (B. Evans).  Appearance of double cones and the cone mosaic in the retina of walleye.

Justin McLeod, (M. Werner).  Egg thiamine and early mortality syndrome in Great Lakes basin walleye.

Kris Nault, (A. Litvinov).  An assessment of the yellow perch population in Soldier Lake, MI.

Ben Rook, (M. Werner).  Rapid reversed-phase solid-phase extraction analysis of egg-thiamine levels in St. Marys River Atlantic Salmon.  

Ben Rook, (M. Werner).  Honors thesis, Relationship of Egg-Thiamine Levels in St. Marys River Atlantic Salmon with Atlantic Salmon Population Factors and Forage-Base Population Factors.

Rob Smith. 2004 (A. Moerke).  Effectiveness of different aquatic macroinvertebrate samplers within riffle and run habitats.

Dan Traynor, (A. Litvinov).  Natural reproduction of Chinook salmon in the Carp River.

Lee Wajtyna, (A. Litvinov).  Smolt age and size comparisons between wild and hatchery steelhead in three Great Lakes tributaries

Ed Zmarzly, (A. Litvinov).  Occurrence of endoparasites in St. Marys River Chinook salmon.


Carmody, Cynthia.  2003.  Comparing microsatellite regions in two populations of walleye.

Caroffino, David.  2004.  Genetic influence of stocked walley in the St. Marys River.

Everitt, Dustin.  2004.  Asymmetric hybridization of pink and chinook salmon in the St. Marys River.

Fitchett, Rachel.  2004.  Benthic macroinvertebrate composition and metal concentrations in the St. Marys River.

Federley, Richard.  2004.  Assay development and large scale purification of thiaminase.

Johnson, Rebecca.  2004. Purification of thiaminase I for the production of thiaminase antibodies.

Johnston, Ben.  2003. Habitat selection by Brown Trout (Salmo trutta) in Hunt Creek, Montmorency County, MI.

Kennedy, Tony. 2003. Pink Salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) population characteristics and migratory dynamics in the St. Marys River, Michigan 1998-2002.

Muczynski, Patrick.  2004.  Effect of wastewater effluent on macroinvertebrate communities.

Seites, Heather.  2004.  Comparisons of walley growth and survival in rearing ponds.

Shelswell, Andrew.  2004.  Environmental impacts of drift on salmonidae sac fry


Crissman, Eric. 2002. The affect of a beaver (Castor canadensis) dam on macroinvertebrate community structure in the Jordan River, MI.

Freeman, Josephine. 2002. Recruitment of phytoplankton from soils of walleye culture ponds.

Gressick, Nick.  2002.  Thiamine Deficiency in Atlantic Salmon: Analysis of Egg-Thiamine Levels and Determination of Fry Survival Rate in Response to Thiamine Treatment.

Jankowski, Jennifer. 2002. Eye on remediation: Sediment analysis of the St. Marys River.


Pietrykowski, Tom. 2001. Effects of watershed landcover on mercury concentrations in stream biota.

Strauch, Bonnie. 2001. An examination of the effects of eutrophication, and lake chemistry on Lake Louise. 

Taube, Marcus. 2001. Toxic and behavioral effects of neem on Daphnia pulicaria. 

Wright, Derek. 2001. Mercury analysis by cold vapor atomic fluorescence spectroscopy. 


Damstra, R.A. 2000. Effects of chemical extenders and antibiotics on motility and fertility of chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) milt.

Failor, P.J. 2000. Morphological and meristic differentiation among spawning pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), chinook (O. tshawytscha), and pinook (O. gorbuscha x O. tshawytscha) salmon in the St. Marys River.

Kruckeberg, K.K. 2000. Population structure and dynamics of stocked sport fishes in Elk Pond, Minnesota.

Pangle, K.L. 2000. Comparison of hatchery traits and performance of subadult wild, domestic, and coaster strain brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis).
Popa, Keri G. 2000. Constructed wetlands: an effective alternative to wastewater treatment.

Sisler, S.P. 2000. Physicochemical characteristics of a karst, cave-fracture dominated lake in Presque Isle County, Michigan.

Strazisar, M.E. 2000. Effects of ozone on growth, condition, and mortality of hatchery-reared cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki).
Walters, T.D. 2000. Fish population structure and dynamics in a karst, cave-fracture dominated lake in Presque Isle County, Michigan.


Carr, E.P. 1999. Habitat characteristics associated with redside dace (Clinostomus elongatus) in the Presque Ilse River, Michigan. Glass, B.L. 1999. Effects of triclopyr ester on behavior and survival of larval spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum).
Glass, J.B. 1999. Comparison of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) population structure in lakes with and without walleye (Stizostedion vitreum).
Gustafson, Tara M. 1999. Sediment quality analysis of the Little Rapids Area (St. Marys River, MI).

Haskell, Shelley L. 1999. Seasonal fluctuations in the chemical environment of sewage lagoons (Chippewa County, MI). 

Howell, R.W. 1999. Comparison of the efficacy of three carbon dioxide-based chemicals as anesthetics for juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).

Katona, R.M. 1999. Effects of catch-and-release angling on nesting male bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus).
Levitt, J.T. 1999. Comparison of the accuracy of hard part structures used to age lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush).

McCliment, Margaret. 1999. Chemical analysis of sewage lagoons in Chippewa County.

Olinik, Valerie A. 1999. Diversity and abundance of aquatic insects in created wetlands. 

Stricker, Mandy L. 1999. Toxicity of Neem to brook stickleback. 

Turner, M.A. 1999. Effects of turbidity and body mucus concentration on the survival of juvenile bluegill sunfish (Lepomis macrochirus).


Arleth, J.J. 1998. The influence of diet carotenoid levels on flesh coloration in hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).
Blaauw, J.J. 1998. Sportfish population structure under quality-fishing regulations in Wakely Lake, Michigan.

Caswell, N.M. 1998. Population structure of smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) in an oligotrophic, Ontario lake at low fishing pressure.
Cloutier, B.M. 1998. Behavioral interactions between the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) and crayfish (Oronectes spp.).

Kala, J.P. 1998. The effects of hook type and location on long-term growth and mortality of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Kramer, D. R. 1998. The influence of chum baits on growth, condition, and mortality of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Leone, F.J. 1998. Post-release mortality of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) and smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu) captured during fishing tournaments in Great Lakes' waters.

Patterson, M.D. 1998. Effectiveness of the Ludington pumpback storage barrier net in reducing entrainment of yellow perch (Perca flavescens).

Schulz, R.F. 1998. Validation of aging structures for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in the St. Marys River.

Smaniotto, R.P. 1998. Comparison of growth and mortality rates of juvenile walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) in fertilized versus unfertilized grow-out ponds.

Wieg, Jennifer. 1998. Tahquamenon tea: optical characterisitics of river water and plant extracts.



Diekema, S.M. 1997. Sport fishery contribution of hatchery and naturally-reproduced chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) in the upper St. Marys River.
Espinoza, R.D. 1997. Effects of electrofishing on growth and survival of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Gannon, O.M. 1997. Age and growth of redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) and bluegills (Lepomis macrochirus) in southern Michigan lakes.
Kaller, M.D. 1997. Evaluation of techniques used to determine age structure of walleyes (Stizostedion vitreum) in Munuscong Bay, Michigan.
Koproski, S.R. 1997. Analysis of fish assemblage data from Thunder Bay, Lake Huron, before the invasion of ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus).
Lakey, S.A. 1997. Effects of introducing walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) to small lakes containing stunted bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) populations.
Robinson, R.J. 1997. Contribution and population characteristics of hatchery versus naturally-reproduced steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in the Carp River, Michigan.
Switzer, A.D. 1997. Effects of electrofishing on the development and hatching success of artificially-reared steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) eggs.
Werschky, J.T. 1997. Age, growth, and condition of an exploited population of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) and smallmouth bass (M. dolomieu) in Saginaw Bay, Michigan.
Westenbarger, J.G. 1997. Age, condition, and food habits of burbot (Lota lota) along the western shore of Lake Huron.
Kioski, Carrie L. 1997. Determining brown trout populations from habitat measurements.

Simrau, Renell. 1997. A diet study of brook and brown trout inhabiting three streams.