Amy Schrank

Amy Schrank faculty portrait
"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, SFRES
  • 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) fish movement patterns and community dynamics, 2) how aquatic and terrestrial systems are linked through the land-water interface, and 3) the effects of human impacts on aquatic systems. I am currently working on a project that examines how different methods of invasive cattail removal affect larval and adult fish community biodiversity in Great Lakes coastal wetlands.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Fish movement patterns and community dynamics
  • Aquatic-terrestrial links
  • Vernal pool ecosystems
  • Effects of human impacts on aquatic systems

Recent Publications

  • Bump, J., Bergman, B., Schrank, A., Macarelli, A., Kane, E., Risch, A., Scheutz, M. In Press. Nutrient release from moose bioturbation in aquatic ecosystems. Oikos.
  • Schrank, A.J., S.C. Resh, W. J. Previant, and R.A. Chinmer. 2015. Characterization and classification of vernal pool vegetation, soil, and amphibians of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The American Midland Naturalist 174(1): 161-179
  • 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.