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About Wayne A. Wurtsbaugh

I received my graduate degrees and post-doctoral experience at the University of California, Davis and Oregon State University. Since coming to Utah State Univ. in 1983 I have done research throughout the western United States, Peru, Argentina, Switzerland and Spain. I have broad experience in fish ecology and limnology. My research takes a holistic view of aquatic ecosystems, analyzing how nutrients, algae, invertebrates, fish and birds interact and are influenced by anthropogenic factors. Recent projects include: (1) studies on how eutrophication and metal pollution in the Great Salt Lake influence brine shrimp and brine fly ecology; (2) analysis of the nitrogen vs. phosphorus controversy with regard to eutrophication; (3) landscape analyses of streams and lakes in Switzerland; (4) limnological and fisheries studies to aid in the recovery of endangered sockeye salmon in Idaho, and; (5) analyses of landscape-level interactions of streams and lakes in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho utilizing large-scale 15N isotope additions. My primary teaching responsibilities have included Limnology, Aquatic Ecology Practicum, Water Quality and Pollution and graduate seminars on limnology and fish ecology.


Emeritus Faculty Member, Utah State University Watershed Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2009 - Teacher of theYear, College of Natural Resources
  • 1995 - Graduate Student Mentor of the Year, Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife, USU
  • 2005 - Advisor of the Year, College of Natural Resources, USU
  • 2005 - Honorary Recognition for Education & Human Resources Development, American Society of Limnology & Oceanography
  • 2006 - Registry of Distinguished Graduates, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University
  • 2007 - Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, College of Natural Resources, Utah State Univ.
  • 2009 - Teacher of the Year, College of Natural Resources, Utah State University

Contact Information

Mail Address:
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-5210
Location: BNR 106
Office Phone:
(435) 797-2584
(435) 797-1871


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