Research opportunities for students interested in fisheries are available at Northland College. These opportunities allow a student to work closely with a professor or personnel from a local resource agency and to develop research skills in preparation for graduate school or future employment. Projects may result in publication in professional journals or an agency completion report.

Current Students [supervisor and partners shown in brackets]

Past Students


  • Michael Lant, Anglersheds [Ogle/WiDNR-Escanaba Lake Research Station]


  • Joshua Lyons, Precision metrics summarized from 20+ years of fish age estimation studies. Poster / Paper [Ogle]
  • Will Otte, Age and growth of Deepwater Sculpin. Paper [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]


  • Logan Sikora, Gamefish locations in relation to depth, bottom hardness, and macrophyte biovolume in Sanford Lake, Wisconsin – Poster / Paper [Ogle/WiDNR-Escanaba Lake Research Station]


  • Erin Gilligan, Uaing models for tag-recapture data to assess growth of Bluegill and Largemouth Bass in Inch Lake, Wisconsin – Poster [Ogle]
  • Thomas Jansen, Interactive visualization for analysis of Northland’s energy usage – Poster [Ogle]
  • Callie Kopp, An historical comparison of Lake Superior Sea Lamprey fecundity and egg size – Poster / Paper [Ogle/Goyke; GLIFWC]



  • Jamie Goethlich, The effects of experimental lake fertilization on condition and diet of Slimy Sculpin (Cottus cognatus) in oligotrophic arctic lakes, North Slope, AK – AFS Presentation / Poster [Ogle; Utah State REU]
  • Taylor Lepak, Age and growth of Lake Superior Kiyi – AFS Presentation / Poster [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]
  • Ryan Menebroeker, Comparing the relative abundance of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) caught in areas exposed to differential rates of fishing pressure [Ogle; WiDNR-Bayfield]


  • Dalton Lebeda, Consistency of scale increments on Black Crappie at times of capture and recapture. [Ogle]
  • Allison DeRose, Evaluating the total catch, release and gillnetting mortality rates of lean Lake Trout by-catch in commercial fisheries in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. [Ogle; WiDNR-Bayfield]
  • Hanna Fiorio, Comparison of transverse sectioning and grinding methods of otoliths to determine age of Lake Superior Lake Trout. [Ogle; GLIFWC]
  • Dalton Lebeda, Can a FatmeterTM be Used to determine the sex of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)? – Paper [Ogle; USFWS-Ashland]
  • Taylor Stewart, Age and growth of the Pygmy Whitefish, Prosopium coulterii, in Lake Superior. – Published Paper / Poster [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]


  • Kristin Brunk, Burrowing mayflies as indicators of ecosystem health in the Chequamegon Bay. – Published Paper / Poster [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]
  • Kristin Brunk, Establishing baseline macroinvertebrate monitoring after course woody debris additions at Whittlesey Creek NWR. [Goyke; USFWS-WCNWR]
  • Kevin Grand, Factors related to the assemblage of Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and non-native salmonid species in Lake Superior tributaries. – Poster [Ogle; USFWS-Ashland]
  • Drew Negangard, Effects of a minimum length limit on Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) and Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) size structure in a small lake in Illinois. – Poster [Ogle; INHS]
  • David Thompson, Mapping and dissolved oxygen limitations of a private two acre pond. – Poster [Ogle; USFWS-WCNWR]


  • Maggie Harings, Sexual dimorphism in length and weight relationships of Iowa Darter (Etheostoma exile). – Paper / Poster [Ogle; WiDNR-Brule]
  • Maggie Harings, Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) population dynamics following implementation of catch-and-release regulations. – Poster [Ogle; WiDNR-Brule]
  • Emily Heald, Protocol development and baseline sampling of White Suckers (Catostomus commersoni) in Bay City Creek. [Ogle]


  • Amber Mealman, Is Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) year-class strength related to TFM treatments. – Poster [Ogle; GLIFWC]
  • Laura Schmidt, Summer spatial distributions of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) in the Apostle Islands, 2007-2009. – Poster [Ogle; WiDNR-Bayfield]


  • Steve Whitlock, Density and size structure comparison among Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) and Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax) using summer gillnet indices between 1959-2010 from the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]
  • Patrick Blanchard, The efficacy of underwater fish cameras. – Webpage [Ogle]


  • April BeBault, Baseline Monitoring Results for Bad River Watershed Association. – Paper [Ogle; BRWA]
  • Tony Young, Characteristics of Whittlesey Creek trout redds. – Presentation [Ogle; USFWS-Ashland]
  • Mike Keiran, Search for Reef Herring (Coregonus artedii albus) in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior. [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]
  • Katie Renschen, Differences in rheotactic response between two strains of Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and between two age groups of fish. – Paper [Ogle; USFWS-Ashland & IRNFH]


  • Jason Meacham, Comparison of scale and otolith ages for Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) from the south shore of Lake Superior. – Paper [Ogle; GLIFWC]
  • Dan Grigas, The effect of freezing on the length and weight measurements of Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus). – Poster [Ogle]


  • Kate Janes, Effect of preservation and life-stage on length-weight regressions for Mysis relicta. [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]
  • Melissa Kjelvik, Estimating energy densities for application in a bioenergetics model examining Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax) consumption as a bottleneck to cisco (Coregonus artedii) recruitment. [Goyke; USGS-Ashland]


  • Travis Neebling, Predicting adult spawning stock from juvenile populations of Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). [Goyke]
  • Rebecca Schoon, An investigation of fish migration in Whittlesey Creek. [Goyke; USFWS-Ashland]


  • Jared Myers, Assessing the predation dynamics between age-0 Cisco (Coregonus artedii) and adult Rainbow Smelt (Osmerus mordax) in Lake Superior. [Goyke; USGS-Ashland]


  • Cory Goldsworthy, Age structure of Lake Superior Ninespine Stickleback. [Goyke; USGS-Ashland]
  • Lori Kret, Evidence for trap defense by Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus). – Published Paper [Ogle]
  • Julie Nieland, Changes in Siscowet abundance within the Wisconsin waters of Lake Superior. [Goyke; WiDNR-Bayfield]


  • Brad Ray, Diet of larval Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus) in the St. Louis River Harbor, Lake Superior. – Published Paper [Ogle; USGS-Ashland]