Tyler Funnell

Tyler Funnell

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Ph.D. Student
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife


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M.Sc. 2022. Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University
B.S. 2019. Biology, Central Michigan University


I received my BSc in biology from Central Michigan University where I worked in an animal behavior and physiology lab studying the costs and consequences of social dominance in a cichlid fish native to the African Great Lakes. While this work was interesting and exciting, I decided to shift my focus to more applied management-related work closer to home in the Laurentian Great Lakes. To this end, I received my MSc in fisheries and wildlife from MSU, where I studied the spatial and thermal ecology of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush). I am now a fish biologist with the US Geological Survey - Great Lakes Science Center, stationed at Hammond Bay Biological Station, where I study fish movement ecology, behavior, and population structure, often using acoustic telemetry tracking technology, and investigate improvements to the application of fish tracking technology in the Great Lakes. I am also a PhD student in the Quantitative Fisheries Center, working with Travis Brenden to study the movement ecology of lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) in Lake Huron.


Funnell, T.R., T.O. Brenden, R. Kraus, T. MacDougall, J. Markham, C. Murray, J. Robinson, and C.S. Vandergoot. In press. Seasonal spatial ecology of Lake Trout in Lake Erie. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. DOI: 10.1002/tafs.10430

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