Tyler Funnell

Tyler Funnell

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M.S. Student
Quantitative Fisheries Center


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B.S. 2019. Biology, Central Michigan University


I grew up in Mt. Pleasant Michigan on the banks of the Chippewa River. My close proximity to water first sparked my interest in fisheries. This interest took me to Central Michigan University where I received my B.S. in biology. During my time at CMU, I was a member of Dr. Peter Dijkstra’s research lab where I conducted several research projects exploring fish behavior and physiology using the model species Astatotilapia burtoni. During my undergrad, I spent a summer working as a seasonal technician for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. My interest in fisheries management and ecology has brought me to Michigan State University where I am pursuing a M.S..


My masters thesis will focus on using acoustic telemetry to help fisheries managers better understand the thermal ecology and movement patterns of lake trout in Lake Erie.


Funnell, T.R., R.J. Fialkowski, P.D. Dijkstra. 2022. Social dominance does not increase oxidative stress in a female dominance hierarchy of an African cichlid fish. Ethology. 128: 15-25. DOI: 10.1111/eth.13232

Border, S.E., T.J. Piefke, T.R. Funnell, R.J. Fialkowski, J. Sawecki, P.D. Dijkstra. 2021. Social instability influences rank-specific patterns of oxidative stress in a cichlid fish. Journal of Experimental Biology. 224(19). DOI: 10.1242/jeb.237172

Border, S.E., T.J. Piefke, R.J. Fialkowski, M.R. Tryc, T.R. Funnell, G.M. DeOliveira, P.D. Dijkstra. 2019. Color change and pigmentation in a color polymorphic cichlid fish. Hydrobiologia. 832: 175-191. DOI: 10.1007/s10750-018-3755-0