Amanda is currently working to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Where she is studying the behavior of fossil birds as interpreted through their footprints and other traces. Amanda recently traveled to South Korea to study Early Cretaceous bird tracks and has published two papers on fossil bird tracks, one in the journal Palaios and one in the Journal of Systematic Paleontology. Next, she will study Early Cretaceous fossil birds and bird tracks in China.
"My experience at Lake State, preparing an Undergraduate Thesis and seeing the project through definitely helped prepare me for graduate school. The interaction between the professors and the students at Lake State is far more similar to the interaction between a graduate student and their graduate advisor than the typical undergraduate student / undergraduate advisor rapport; it's much more personalized. It definitely helped prepare me for grad school."
Amanda Falk '07
Biology, minor in Chemistry
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty & Student* Publications
Allan, T. A. 1985. Seasonal changes in habitat use by Maine Spruce grouse. Canadian Journal
Of Zoology. 63: 2738-2742
Allan, T. A. 1991. The Dark-eyed Junco in Richard Brewer, G. McPeek , R. Adams (editors). The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan. Michigan State University Press.
Allan, T. A. 1991. The Evening Grosbeak in Richard Brewer, G. McPeek, , R. Adams. (editors). The Atlas of Breeding Birds of Michigan. Michigan State University Press.
Allan, T. A. 2011. The Dark-eyed Junco in Chartier A.T. , J. J. Baldy, J.M. Brenneman (editors). The Second Michigan Breeding Bird Atlas 2002-2008.
Arend, K.K., D. Beletsky, J.V. DePinto, S.A. Ludsin, J.J. Roberts, D.K. Rucinski, D.Scavia, D.J. Schwab, and T.O. Höök. 2011. Seasonal and interannual effects of hypoxia on fish habitat quality in central Lake Erie. Freshwater Biology 56: 366-383. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2427.2010.02504.x
Aumen, N.G., M.E. Gurtz, M.T. Barbour, and A.H. Moerke. 2010. BRIDGES: Evolution of basic and applied linkages in benthic science. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 29(1):359-371.
Bauman, J.*, A. Moerke, R. Greil, B. Gerig*, E. Baker, and J. Chiotti. 2011. Population assessment of lake sturgeon in the St. Marys River, MI. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37(Suppl. 2):47-53. (Top 25 cited article in JGLR 2011)
Canfield, E. and Allan, T. 1991. Life on a Lonely Shore: A History of the Vermilion Life-Saving Station. Lake Superior University Press. (revised 2nd printing 2001).
Caroffino, D.*, A. Mwai* and Evans, B.I. (2011) Population Genetics of Walleye and Yellow Perch in the St. Marys River. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37(2):28-34.
Chen L., Wang C., Sun L. and Li J. 2013. Survival of Edwarsiella tarda in fish serum relates to bacteria surface LPS. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. 34: 1646.
Ciaschini, P. M., S. E. Straus, L. R. Dolovich, R.A. Goeree, K.M. Leung,
C.R. Woods, G.M. Zimmerman, S.R. Majumdar, S. Spadafora, L.A. Fera, and H.N. Lee. 2010. Community based intervention to optimize osteoporosis management: randomized controlled trial BMC Geriatrics 10:60.
Ciaschini, P. M., S. E. Straus, L. R. Dolovich, R.A. Goeree, K.M. Leung, C.R. Woods, G.M. Zimmerman, S.R. Majumdar, S. Spadafora, L.A. Fera, and H.N. Lee. 2009. Community-based intervention to optimise falls risk management: a randomised controlled trial. Age and Ageing 8: 724-730.
Ciaschini, P. M., S. E. Straus, L. R. Dolovich, R.A. Goeree, K.M. Leung, C.R. Woods, G.M. Zimmerman, S.R. Majumdar, S. Spadafora, L.A. Fera, and H.N. Lee. 2008. Community-based randomised controlled trial evaluating falls and osteoporosis risk management strategies. Trials 2008, 9:62.
Collins, S.*, A. Moerke, D. Chaloner, D. Janetski, and G. Lamberti. 2011. Response of dissolved nutrients and periphyton to spawning Pacific salmon in three northern Michigan streams. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(3):831-839.
Dorr, B.S., A. Moerke, M. Bur, C. Bassett, T. Aderman, D. Traynor, R. Singleton, P. Butchko, J. Taylor. 2010. Evaluation of harassment of migrating Double-Crested Cormorants to limit depredation on selected sport fisheries in Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36:215-223.
Evans, B.I. and H.I. Browman. 2004. Variation in the Development of the Fish Retina. In: Morphological Development and Physiological Function in Fishes: Studies in Larval Fish Adaptation (Ed. J. J. Govoni) American Fisheries Society Symposium 40:145-166
Evans, B.I. 2004. A Fish’s Eye View of Habitat Change. In: von der Emde G., Mogdans J., Kapoor B.G. (eds) The Senses of Fish. Adaptations for the reception of natural stimuli. Narosa Publ. House, New Delhi, p 1-30.
Gerig, B.*, A. Moerke, R. Greil, and S. Koproski. 2011. Movement patterns and habitat characteristics of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the St. Marys River. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37(Suppl. 2):54-60.
Hagedorn, M., A. Mack, B. I. Evans, and R.D. Fernald. 1998. The Embryogenesis of Rod Photoreceptors in the Cichlid Retina, Haplochromis burtoni. Developmental Brain Research 108:217-227.
Harrison, J., J.H. Cohen, E. Hinchey, A. Moerke, and P. vonDassow. 2009. Getting the word out and making a difference: Maximizing outreach efforts from the perspective of early-career scientists. Eos (AGU) 90(38):333-334.
Harriger, K.*, A. Moerke, and P. Badra. 2009. Distribution and demographics of freshwater mussels (Unionidae) in a 1st-order Michigan stream. Michigan Academician XXXIX:149-162.
Hoke, K. L., B. I. Evans and R. D. Fernald 2006 Remodeling of the Cone Photoreceptor Mosaic during Metamorphosis of Flounder (Pseudopleuronectes americanus) Brain Behavior and Evolution 68:241–254.
Janetski, D.J., A.H. Moerke, D.T. Chaloner, and G.A. Lamberti. 2011. Spawning salmon increase brook trout movements in a Lake Michigan tributary. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0633.2010.00479.x
Janetski, D., D. Chaloner, A. Moerke, R. Rediske, J. O’Keefe, and G. Lamberti. 2012. Resident fishes display elevated organic pollutants in salmon spawning streams of the Great Lakes. Environmental Science & Technology. Doi:10.1021/es301864k
Keller, B.J., Back, R., Westrick, J., Werner, M., Evans, B.I. A. Moerke, G. Zimmerman, D. Wright, E. Grenfell*, and J. Courneya*. (2011) Sediment quality at select sites in the St. Marys River Area of Concern Journal of Great Lakes Research 37(2):12-20.
Kennedy, A.J., G.B. Steinhart, and R.W. Greil. 2011. A tool to identify pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) x Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha) hybrids in the St. Marys River. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37 Suppl. 2: 35-42.
Kirkpatrick, N.S., D. Everitt* and B.I. Evans (2007) Asymmetric Hybridization of Pink (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) and Chinook (O. tshawytscha) Salmon in the St. Marys River, Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 33:358-365.
Lauer, T.E., and A.H. Moerke. 2012. Converting your dissertation to a journal manuscript: Guidance to students and mentors for removing impediments and promoting success. Pages 111-119 in C.A. Jennings, T.E. Lauer, and B. Vondracek, editors. Scientific Communication for Natural Resource Professionals. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.
Li M, Chen C, Li J, Sun L. 2013. The C-reactive protein of tongue sole Cynoglossus semilaevis is an acute phase protein that interacts with bacterial pathogens and stimulates the antibacterial activity of peripheral blood leukocytes. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. 34: 623-631.
Lunn, B.D.* and G.B. Steinhart. 2010. Effects of brood reduction on nest abandonment of smallmouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139: 586-592.
Marklevitz, S., B. Fryer, D. Gonder, Z. Yang, J. Johnson, A. Moerke, and Y. Morbey. 2011. Use of otolith chemistry to discriminate juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from different wild populations and hatcheries in Lake Huron. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37(4):698-706. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2011.08.004
Moerke, A.H. and A. Roy. 2009. Editorial: The future of BRIDGES. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 28: 271–272.
Moerke, A.H. and R. M. Werner. 2011. Ecological status of the St. Marys River: Foreword. Journal of Great Lakes Research. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2011.03.018
Parra D., Rieger A., Li J., Zhang YA, Randall L., Hunter C., Barreda D., Sunyer JO. 2012. Peritoneal cavity B-1 B cells have phagocytic and microbicidal capacities, and present phagocytosed antigen to CD4+ T cells. Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 91(4) :525-536.
Pike, E. Allan, T., Ewert, D., Holden, M, and Weinrich, J. 1987. Michigan Piping Plover Recovery Plan. Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Qiu R, Sun B, Li J, Liu X, Sun L. 2013. Identification and characterization of a cell surface scavenger receptor cysteine-rich protein of Sciaenops ocellatus: bacterial interaction and its dependence on the conserved structural features of the SRCR domain. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. 34:810-818.
Ripley, M, B Arbic and G Zimmerman. (in press) . Environmental history of the St. Marys River. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
Roese, J. H., Risenhoover, K. L., & Folse, L. J. (1991). Habitat heterogeneity and foraging efficiency: an individual-based model. Ecological Modelling, 57, 1, 133-143.
Routledge, R. G.*, & Roese, J. (2004). Moose winter diet selection in central Ontario. Alces, 40, 95-101.
Steinhart, G.B., E.S. Dunlop, M.S. Ridgway, and E.A. Marschall. 2008. Should I stay or should I go? Optimal parental care decisions of a nest-guarding fish. Evolutionary Ecology Research 10: 351-371.
Steinhart, G.B. and B.D. Lunn.* 2011. When and why do smallmouth bass abandon their broods?The effects of brood and parental characteristics. Fisheries Management and Ecology 18: 1-11.
Traynor, D., A. Moerke, and R. Greil. 2010. Identification of Michigan fishes using cleithra. Great Lakes Fish. Comm. Misc. Publ. 2010-02.
Turschak, B.* Moerke, A., and Evans, B.I. (2011) Spatial and Seasonal Patterns in the Zooplankton Community of the St. Marys River. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37 (2): 21-27.
Vanderburg, S., L.Wright, S. Boston, G. Zimmerman. 2010. Maternal Child Home Visiting Program Improves Nursing Practice for Screening of Woman Abuse. Public Health Nursing 27: 347–352.
Wang C, Hu Y, Sun B, Chi H, Li J, Sun L. 2013. Environmental isolates P1SW and V3SW as a bivalent vaccine induce effective cross-protection against Edwardsiella tarda and Vibrio anguillarum Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 103:45-53
Wang Y., Wang X.H., Huang J. and Li J. 2013. Adjuvant effects of Quillaja saponaria saponins (QSS) on humoral immune responses in turbot. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. 34: 1745.
Yu L, Sun B, Li J, Sun L. 2013. Characterization of a c-type lysozyme of Scophthalmus maximus: expression, activity, and antibacterial effect. Fish & Shellfish Immunology. 34: 46-54.
Zimmerman, G, FW Bell, J Woodcock, A Palmer, and J Paloniemi. (in Press). Response of breeding songbirds to vegetation management in conifer plantations established in boreal mixedwoods. Forestry Chronicles.
Tagging Monarch Butterflies
Amanda Taylor of Byron Center, MI coordinated a large tagged monarch butterfly release at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids. Through this internship at Michigan Butterflies she was able to educate the public on monarch butterflies, the decline of the species, and steps to help keep the monarch population flourishing. By tagging monarchs it is possible to track them along migration routes and compare data from the release with known migration data to help determine what is effecting the monarch population.