Michael Siefkes

Michael Siefkes

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Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife




Sea Lamprey Program Deputy Director, Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Biography: I received my B.S. in Water Resources and Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University. I am currently the Director of Sea Lamprey Control for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission where I administer sea lamprey control across the Great Lakes in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. I also coordinate sea lamprey semiochemical and supplemental control research with scientists from Michigan State University, other academic institutions, and government agencies. The upshot of this research is to better understand sea lamprey biology to create more effective sea lamprey control, ultimately leading to a healthier Great Lakes ecosystem and economy. My general research interests include fish physiology and behavior (with emphasis on chemosensory communication) and Great Lakes fishery management.