Brandon Gerig

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

2003 Weston Hall
Office Phone: (906) 227-2302
bgerig@nmu.edu

Education:

  • 2017 - PhD, University of Notre Dame
  • 2012 - MS, University of Florida
  • 2009 - BS, Lake Superior State University

Research Interests:

I’m an applied aquatic ecologist who’s research is at the intersection of global change ecology and natural resource management. Currently my research program centers around factors that influence the fate and transport of chemical contaminants, how food webs are influenced by population and community dynamics, and the consequences of non-native introductions using traditional aquatic sampling techniques, historical data archives, chemical tracers, acoustic telemetry, and modeling. I seek to make my research relevant and of interest to fisheries management through frequent collaboration with state, federal, and tribal scientists and managers.

Teaching:

  • BI 290: Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar
  • BI 322: Vertebrate Zoology
  • BI 411: Limnology 
  • BI 412: Biostatistics
  • BI 502: Biological Laboratory Instruction
  • BI 495/595: Data Manipulation and Visualization

Publications:

N. Herman, D.T. Chaloner, B.S. Gerig, and G. Lamberti. 2020. Stream resident Brook and Brown Trout exploit Great Lakes salmon subsidies: implications for fisheries management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77(11). 

Gerig, B.S., D. Janetski, D.T. Chaloner, and G. Lamberti. 2020. Contaminant biotransport by Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution Special Topic Issue on Death and Decomposition. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.00199

D’more, D., D.T. Chaloner, B.S. Gerig, J. Berkowitz, S. Bridgham. 2020.The nutrient legacy left by salmon on riparian soils in southeast Alaska. Soil Science Society of America Journal 83: 877-887. https://doi.org/10.1002/saj2.20043

Larson, C., J. Pechal, B.S. Gerig, D.T. Chaloner, G. Lamberti, E. Benbow. 2019. Coupled macroinvertebrate-microbial community response to a novel allochthonous resource subsidy. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2019.00505

Gerig, B.S., N. Herman, D.T. Chaloner, and G. Lamberti. 2019. Using a dynamic bioenergetic-bioaccumulation model to understand mechanisms of uptake and bioaccumulation of salmon-derived contaminants by stream resident fish. Science of the Total Environment. 652: 633-642.

Gerig, B.S., D.T. Chaloner, A. Moerke, R.Greil, K. Kapucinski,  S. Cullen, and G. Lamberti. 2019. Trophic ecology of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in Northern Lake Huron: Implications for future stocking. Journal of Great Lakes Research 45: 160-166.

Gerig, B.S., D.T. Chaloner, R.Rediske, A. Moerke, J. O’keefe, D.J. Janetski,  D. Pitts, and G. Lamberti. 2018. Environmental context and contaminant biotransport by Pacific salmon interact to mediate the bioaccumulation of contaminants by stream-resident fish. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 1846-1859. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.13123

Gerig, B.S., Weber, D., D.T. Chaloner, and G. Lamberti. 2018. Interactive effects of introduced Pacific salmon and brown trout on native brook trout: an experimental and modeling approach. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 75: 538-548. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2016-0502

McGill, L., B.S. Gerig, D.T. Chaloner, and G. Lamberti. 2017. An ecosystem model for evaluating the effects of introduced Pacific salmon on contaminant burdens of stream-resident fish. Ecological Modelling 355, 39-48.

Pine, W.E. III, B.S. Gerig, and C. Finch. 2017. Characterizing growth of an endangered native fish Gila cypha: An assessment from the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 8: 313-322.

Hayes, F., M.J. Dodrill, B.S. Gerig, C.Finch, and W.E. Pine III, 2017. Changes in body condition of humpback chub Gila cypha in relation to environmental conditions in the Lower Colorado River. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 8: 333-342.

Pine, W.E. III, K. Limburg, B.S. Gerig, C. Finch, D. Chagaris, L. Coggins, D. Speas, and D. Hendrickson. 2017. Growth of the endangered Humpback Chub Gila cypha in relation to temperature and discharge in the Lower Colorado River. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 8:322-332.

Gerig, B.S., D.T. Chaloner, D.J. Janetski, R.Rediske, A. Moerke, J. O’keefe, and G. Lamberti. 2016. Congener patterns of persistent organic pollutants establish the extent of contaminant biotransport by Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes. Environmental Science and Technology 50: 554-563.

Finch, C.G., W. E. Pine III, C.B. Yackulic, M. Yard, M. J. Dodrill, B.S. Gerig, L.G. Coggins, Jr., and J. Korman. 2015. Assessing juvenile fish population demographic responses to a steady flow experiment in a highly regulated large river ecosystem: A test in the Colorado River below Glen Canyon Dam. River Research and Applications 32: 763-775.

Dodrill, M.J., C. Yaculick, B.S. Gerig, M. Yard, J. Korman, and W.E. Pine III. 2015. Do management actions to restore rare habitat benefit native fish conservation? Distribution of juvenile native fish in backwaters of the Colorado River. River Research and Applications 31: 1203-1217.

Gerig, B.S., M.J. Dodrill, and W.E. Pine III. 2014. Habitat selection and movement of humpback chub during an experimental flow release from Glen Canyon Dam in Grand Canyon, Arizona. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34: 39-48

Gerig, B.S., A. Moerke, R. Greil and S. Koproski. 2011. Movement patterns and habitat characteristics of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the St. Marys River, Michigan, 2007-2008. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37: 54-60.

Bauman, J.M., A. Moerke, R. Greil, B.S. Gerig, and E. Baker. 2011. Population status and demographics of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the St. Marys River, 2000-2007. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 37: 47-53.

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