Great Lakes Food Webs, Invasive Species and Fisheries: An Interactive Conference

Date: March 9, 2021

Time: 9:15am – 2:30pm

This annual Great Lakes conference will be held on Zoom and is free to attend, but registration is required. Three theme areas will be highlighted with three speakers per theme: Food Webs, Invasive Species, and Recovery of Great Lakes Whitefish and Cisco Fisheries. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions after the presentations.

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Conference Agenda:

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9:15 – 10:45 AM - THEME: FOOD WEBS

Moderator: Scott Peacor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU

  • Long-term changes in the benthic community of Lake Michigan - Ashley Elgin, Research Benthic Ecologist, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA, Muskegon, MI
  • Bottom-up and invasive species mediated changes to Lake Michigan’s food web - Tomas Höök, Professor/Director, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Fish oriented and counter point on importance of top-down influences - Chuck Madenjian, Research Fisheries Biologist, Great Lakes Science Center, US Geological Survey, Ann Arbor

10:45-11:00 AM - BREAK


Moderator: Lois Wolfson, Institute of Water Research and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU

  • Spatial ecology of Grass Carp in Lake Erie and its implications to response efforts - Travis Brenden, Quantitative Fisheries Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • Interactions of Rusty Crayfish, Round Goby and Dreissenids on Lake Michigan spawning reefs – Lindsay Chadderton, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ballast Management in the Great Lakes - Hugh MacIsaac, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario

12:30 – 1:00 PM – LUNCH BREAK

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM - THEME: Recovery of Great Lakes whitefish and cisco fisheries

Moderator: Jim Bence, Quantitative Fisheries Center and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU

  • Sault Tribe's Whitefish Rearing Efforts - Rusty Aikens, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Cisco rehabilitation efforts for Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron - Dave Fielder, Fisheries Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Movement, habitat use and survival of a reintroduced fish: bloater (Coregonus hoyi) in Lake Ontario - Jim Johnson, Great Lakes Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Glenora Fisheries Station, Picton, Ontario, Canada

2:30 - ADJOURN

Sponsors: Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, MSU Institute of Water Research, Michigan Sea Grant, MSU Extension, and the Great Lakes Management Unit, Water Resources Division of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)