Aquatic biology involves the study of physical, geological, chemical and biological factors that influence the productivity and integrity of freshwater systems.

Aquatic biology includes the study of lentic (still) and lotic (moving) water. Students and faculty in our program are currently investigating topics such as:

  • Telemetry to monitor fish movement
  • Net selectivity and by catch in a sport cisco and whitefish fishery
  • Benthic invertebrate populations
  • Cultural eutrophication (human-caused nutrient enrichment of lakes)
  • Wetland insects
  • Fish assemblages in bog streams and ditches
  • Effects of acid precipitation on aquatic systems
  • Energy and carbon flow in wetlands
  • Parasitology of fish and crayfish
  • Fish health related to watershed development
  • Degradation of water quality by urban storm-sewer run-off
  • Aquatic plant growth dynamics
  • Restoration of shoreline vegetation
  • Invasions of exotic species such as the Zebra Mussel and spiny water flea
This picture shows some BSU aquatic biology students learning how to use equipment in the field. What a great way to have class!
BSU Aquatic Biology students learn how to use equipment in the field. What a great way to have class!

Competency in aquatic biology requires a broad science background, mathematical ability, knowledge of analytical techniques, experience with data acquisition and computerized statistical analysis. In addition, aquatic biologists must be able to present findings clearly and effectively in both oral and written form. Our curriculum is designed to assure competency across these areas.


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