Liz Mandeville

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

2113 Weston Hall
Office Phone: (906) 227-2133


  • 2016 - PhD, Ecology, University of Wyoming
  • 2009 - BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

Research Interests:

My research focuses on biodiversity of freshwater fishes, with a particular focus on the evolutionary and ecological mechanisms that promote or inhibit hybridization between species. I use big genomic data and a variety of ecological, phenotypic, and historical data to try to understand current and past patterns of fish diversity. Recently, I’ve also become interested in the incredible evolutionary diversity of fish sex chromosomes, and how this extreme variation among closely related species might shape fish evolution. Work in my lab includes field, lab, and computational experiences, and we often collaborate with fisheries management and conservation practitioners. Past work in the lab has focused on a wide variety of both game and non-game fish, including suckers, trout, walleye, sauger, burbot, and minnows. 


  • BI441 - Fisheries Management
  • BI411 - Limnology
  • BI467 - Fish Ecology


Selected papers (* = mentored student)

  • Meuser, A.V.*, A.R. Pitura*, and E.G. Mandeville. A high-quality reference genome for the common creek chub, Semotilus atromaculatus. Early view, G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. Preprint available on bioRxiv;
  • McFarlane, S.E. and E.G. Mandeville. 2023. Diverse data sources and new statistical models offer prospects for improving the predictability of anthropogenic hybridization. Global Change Biology, 29: 923–925.
  • Combrink, L.L., W.C. Rosenthal, L.J. Boyle, J.A. Rick, E.G. Mandeville, A.C. Krist, A.W. Walters, and C.E. Wagner. 2023. Parallel Shifts in Trout Feeding Morphology Suggest Rapid Adaptation to Alpine Lake Environments. Evolution 77: 1522–1538.
  • Meuser, A.V.*, C.B. Pyne*, and E.G. Mandeville. 2022. Limited evidence of a genetic basis for sex determination in the common creek chub, Semotilus atromaculatus. 2022. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 35: 1635–1645.
  • Mandeville, E.G., R.O. Hall Jr., and C.A. Buerkle. 2022. Ecological outcomes of hybridization vary extensively in Catostomus fishes. Evolution, 11: 2697–2711.
  • Shastry, V., P.E. Adams, D. Lindtke, E.G. Mandeville, T.L. Parchman, Z. Gompert, and C.A. Buerkle. 2021. Model-based genotype and ancestry estimation for potential hybrids with mixed-ploidy. Molecular Ecology Resources, 21: 1434–1451.
  • Nordberg, B.J.*, E.G. Mandeville, A.W. Walters, J.C. Burckhardt, and C.E. Wagner. 2021. Historical data provide important context for understanding declines in Cutthroat Trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 41, 809–819.
  • Mandeville, E.G., A.W. Walters, B.J. Nordberg*, K. Higgins*, J.C. Burckhardt, and C.E. Wagner. 2019. Variable hybridization outcomes in trout are predicted by historical fish stocking and environmental context. Molecular Ecology, 28: 3738–3755.
  • Hooley-Underwood, Z., E.G. Mandeville, P. Gerrity, J. Deromedi, K. Johnson, and A.W. Walters. 2018. Combining genetic, isotopic, and field data to better describe fish movement and entrainment. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 147: 606–620.
  • Mandeville, E.G., T.L. Parchman, S.J. Song, K.G. Thompson, R.I. Compton, K.R. Gelwicks, and C.A. Buerkle. 2017. Inconsistent reproductive isolation revealed by interactions between Catostomus fish species. Evolution Letters, 1: 255–268.
  • Gompert, Z., E.G. Mandeville, and C.A. Buerkle. 2017. Analysis of Population Genomic Data from Hybrid Zones. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 48: 207–229.
  • Mandeville, E.G., T.L. Parchman, D.B. McDonald, and C.A. Buerkle. 2015. Highly variable reproductive isolation among pairs of Catostomus species. Molecular Ecology, 24: 1856–1872.
Liz Mandeville portrait by lakeshore