Amy Schrank

Amy Schrank
"Whether it is wading in a stream to sample trout, digging under logs to count salamanders or peering under rocks to examine mayflies, both teaching and research benefit from this type of real world experience"


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Research Assistant Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science

  • PhD, Department of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming
  • MS, Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan
  • BS, Biology and Spanish, University of Michigan

Aquatic Ecology

My roles as teacher and researcher are closely linked. Science does not progress unless we continue to train students (both graduate and undergraduate) to become effective problem solvers and thoughtful world citizens, regardless of their future careers. I find that my enthusiasm for research in aquatic ecology is reinforced as I see the spark of interest in students. My goal as a teacher is to link classroom knowledge with direct experience (preferably in the field) to foster curious students that are skilled at problem solving, and assessing and communicating scientific information.

My current research interests include 1) how aquatic and terrestrial systems are linked through the land-water interface, 2) how global climate change affects this linkage, and 3) how to use long term data to monitor environmental change in aquatic systems. Studying how aquatic and terrestrial systems affect one another is critical to understanding how climate will affect both in the future. One way to accomplish this is to study organisms that require both habitats, from moose that forage in aquatic environments to frogs and salamanders that require vernal pools to reproduce. Collecting data and designing research in such a way that aquatic systems can be relatively easily and inexpensively monitored over long periods of time will be critical to determining the effect global change will have on these systems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Conservation and management of aquatic systems
  • Long-term monitoring

Recent Publications

  • Bump, J, Tischler, K., Schrank, A.J., Peterson, R., and Vucetich, J. 2009. Large herbivores and aquatic-terrestrial links in southern boreal forests. Journal of Animal Ecology 78: 3888-345.
  • Schrank, A.J. and F.J. Rahel. 2006. Factors influencing summer movement patterns of cutthroat trout, Oncorhynchus clarki utah. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63: 660-669.
  • Schrank, A.J. and Rahel, F.J. 2004. Movement patterns in inland cutthroat trout (Oncorhynchus clarki utah): management and conservation implications. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 61: 1528-1537.
  • Schrank, A.J., H.C. Johnstone, and F.J. Rahel. 2003. Field response of trout to thermal maxima derived from lab experiments. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 132(1): 100-109.
  • Schrank, A.J., P.W. Webb and S. Mayberry. 1999. How do body and fin form affect the ability of three teleost fishes to maneuver around bends? Canadian Journal of Zoology 77: 203-210.
  • Schrank, A.J. and P.W. Webb. 1998. Do body and fin form affect the abilities of fish to stabilize swimming during maneuvers through vertical and horizontal tubes? Environmental Biology of Fishes 53: 365-371.
  • Webb, P.W., G.D. LaLiberte and A.J. Schrank. 1996. Does body and fin form affect the maneuverability of fish traversing vertical and horizontal slits? Environmental Biology of Fishes 46(1): 7-14.