The research in my lab can be defined as ‘ecological physiology’ as I combine laboratory and field studies to determine the ecological and physiological mechanisms that control abundance and distribution in freshwater aquatic organisms.
While my research is grounded in basic biology, many of my projects work to generate novel conservation strategies to protect freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater fishes are an ideal model system for this research because their diversity and abundance provides me with opportunity to examine these issues while considering evolutionary and trophic relationships.
The theme that ties all of our research projects together is conservation. Our group works to develop scientifically-sound conservation strategies to protect and enhance fisheries resources. Typically, this involves defining how individual fish or fish populations respond to external stressors, and then using this knowledge to develop sustainable conservation strategies
Research projects we perform encompass a range of levels of organization, with a focus on animal physiology. More specifically, research projects in our group can include responses such as how different genes respond to stressors, but can also include monitoring the movement of free-swimming animals in the wild with remote telemetry. Projects typically include a mix of field and laboratory components, as well as a mix of 'basic' and 'applied' science.
Additional Campus Affiliations
Institute Affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey
Professor, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Acero Triana, J. S., Chu, M. L., Shipley, N. J., Van Riper, C. J., Stewart, W. P., & Suski, C. D. (2022). A decision-making framework for evaluating environmental tradeoffs in enhancing ecosystem services across complex agricultural landscapes. Journal of Environmental Management, 314, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2022.115077
Bieber, J. F., LaRochelle, L., Cooke, S. J., Suski, C. D., & Louison, M. J. (2022). Post-release locomotor activity of ice-angled Northern Pike. Fisheries Research, 256, . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2022.106481
Bzonek, P. A., Edwards, P. D., Hasler, C. T., Suski, C. D., Boonstra, R., & Mandrak, N. E. (2022). Deterring the Movement of an Invasive Fish: Individual Variation in Common Carp Responses to Acoustic and Stroboscopic Stimuli. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 151(1), 112-123. https://doi.org/10.1002/tafs.10341
Card, J. T., Louison, M. J., Bieber, J. F., Suski, C. D., & Hasler, CT. (2022). An examination of freezing in yellow perch (Perca flavescens) following ice fishing using a histological approach. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 38(3), 285-292. https://doi.org/10.1111/jai.14304
Dai, Q., Hostert, L. E., Rondon, J. K., Cao, Y., & Suski, C. D. (2022). Thermal tolerance of fish to heatwaves in agricultural streams: What does not kill you makes you stronger? Freshwater Biology, 67(10), 1801-1814. https://doi.org/10.1111/fwb.13976