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Zy Biesinger

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Zy Biesinger

Adjunct Lecturer
(585) 948-7046
Campus Address: Science And Math Complex 319

Zy Biesinger was appointed an adjunct lecturer with the Great Lakes Center in 2014. He is a fish biologist with the Native Species Program with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service based in the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. His current work centers on Lake Sturgeon populations and movement in the lower and upper Niagara River. He also works to understand the annual space-use budget of Lake Trout in Lake Ontario.

Before coming to the Great Lakes basin, Zy did post-doctoral research with the USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Oregon State University developing a model to predict the response of Columbia spotted frog populations in arid wetlands of western Utah to potential management actions. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Florida where his research connected habitat, movement, and performance of juvenile gag grouper in the Gulf of Mexico. At the Marine Biological Station, Zy modelled heat transfer through arctic tundra to predict permafrost thaw as part of a project on global nutrient cycling. His Master’s research at Utah State University focused on predator search behavior.

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

Education

Ph.D., Fisheries Ecology, University of Florida, 2011

M.S., Biology and Ecology, Utah State University, 2001

B.S., Biology, Utah State University, 1998

 

Research Interests

I am generally interested in how interactions between animals and their environment affect individuals and populations. My research has examined different aspects of this broad question by asking, for example, how habitat- and density-dependent processes affect fish space use and fitness in marine systems, how amphibian populations respond to water-use changes in arid wetlands, how insect pest distributions respond to tree and conspecific cues in northern pine forests, or how heat transfer through snow, tundra, and soil affects plant community development in Arctic systems.

 

Publications

Biesinger, Z., J. Deller, E. Weimer, J. Markham, T. MacDougall, L. Witzel, M. Hosack, M. Thomas, P. Kocovsky, A. Perez-Fuentetaja. 2015 March. Status of Lower Trophic Indicators and Forage Fishes in Lake Erie. Forage Task Group report to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Markham, J., K. Tallon, J. Braunscheidel, K. Kayle, A. Todd, T. MacDougall, L. Witzel, C. Murry, T. Sullivan, Z. Biesinger. 2015 March. State of Lake Erie 2015: Status of the Coldwater Fish Community. Coldwater Task Group report to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Biesinger, Z., D. Gorsky, G. Jacobs, J. Sweka, M. Webb, M. Talbott. 2014 March. Population Assessment of Lake Sturgeon in the Lower Niagara River in the NYSDEC Lake Ontario Annual Report 2013.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, D. Marcinek, T. Grothues, J. Dobarro, W. Lindberg. 2013. Testing an autonomous acoustic telemetry positioning system for fine-scale space use in marine animals. J. Exptl. Mar. Biol. and Ecol. 448: 46-56.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, W. Lindberg. 2013. Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) space-use correlations with landscape structure and environmental conditions. J. Exptl. Mar. Biol. and Ecol. 443: 1-11.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, W. Lindberg. In prep. Comparing gag space use in two landscapes.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, W. Lindberg. 2011. Predicting local population distributions around a central shelter based on a predation risk-growth trade-off. Ecol. Mod. 222: 1448-1455.

Bret-Harte, S., M.C. Mack, G.R. Goldsmith, D.B. Sloan, J. DeMarco, G.R. Shaver, P.M. Ray, Z. Biesinger, and F.S. Chapin, III. 2008. Plant functional types do not predict biomass responses to removal and fertilization in Alaskan tussock tundra. J. Ecol. 96:713-726.

Biesinger, Z., E.B. Rastetter, and B.L. Kwiatkowski. 2007. Hourly and daily models of active layer evolution in arctic soils. Ecol. Mod. 206: 131-146.

Biesinger, Z. and J. Haefner. 2005. Proximate cues for predator searching: a quantitative analysis of hunger and encounter rate in the ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. An. Behav. 69: 235-244.

Biesinger, Z., J. Powell, B. Bentz, and J. Logan. 2000. Direct and indirect parametrization of a localized model for the mountain pine beetle — lodgepole pine system. Ecol. Mod. 129 (2-3): 273-296.

 

Presentations

Kocovsky, P., Z. Biesinger, J. Deller, M. Hosack, T. MacDougall, J. Markham, A. Perez-Fuentetaja, M. Thomas, E. Weimer, L. Witzel. 2015 August. The Lake Erie Forage Task Group: a model for cooperative forage fish monitoring. American Fisheries Society 145th Annual Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., D. Gorsky, G. Jacobs. 2015 May. Lake Sturgeon spawning in the lower Niagara River. International Association for Great Lakes Research Meeting.

Bruestle, E., D. Gorsky, Z. Biesinger. 2015 May. Tracking sturgeon movement and habitat use in the lower Niagara River. International Association for Great Lakes Research Meeting.

Willink, P., G. Jacobs, Z. Woiak, D. Gorsky, Z. Biesinger, A. Kough. 2015 May. Monitoring activity patterns of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in Lakes Erie and Ontario using pop-off satellite archival tags. International Association for Great Lakes Research Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., J. Deller, E. Weimer, J. Markham, T. MacDougall, L. Witzel, M. Hosack, M. Thomas, P. Kocovsky, A. Pérez-Fuentetaja. 2015 March. Status of Lower Trophic Indicators and Forage Fishes in Lake Erie. Forage Task Group presentation to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Markham, J., K. Tallon, J. Braunscheidel, K. Kayle, A. Todd, T. MacDougall, L. Witzel, C. Murry, T. Sullivan, Z. Biesinger. 2015 March. State of Lake Erie 2015: Status of the Coldwater Fish Community. Coldwater Task Group presentation to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

Biesinger, Z., 2014 April. Lake Sturgeon of the Great Lakes. Orleans County Federation of Sportsmen's Club.

Biesinger, Z., C. Castiglione, D. Gorsky. 2014 February. Lake Sturgeon spawning habitat enhancement. Poster at the New York American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., 2013 March. Habitat effects of the space use and growth of reef-oriented fish in the Gulf of Mexico. The Great Lakes Center at Buffalo State SUNY.

Biesinger, Z. 2012 August. Gag space use and fitness in two landscapes. Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker, D. Marcinek. 2012 January. Linking habitat, space use, and fitness of a mobile reef predator. University of Florida Marine Biology Symposium.

Biesinger, Z. 2012 August. Gag space use and fitness in two landscapes. Dissertation defense.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker, D. Marcinek. 2011 March. Gag home range size in two landscapes. Benthic Ecology Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker, D. Marcinek. 2011 March. Gag home range size in two landscapes. University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker, D. Marcinek. 2011 January. Fine-scale movement and habitat data for gag grouper. Presentation and poster at the Southern Division - American Fisheries Society Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker. 2010 February. Fine-scale movement and habitat data for gag grouper. Best Poster award at the University of Florida Marine Biology Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker. 2010 February. Fine-scale movement and habitat data for gag grouper. Florida Chapter - American Fisheries Society Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker. 2010 February. Fine-scale movement and habitat data for gag grouper. Poster at the University of Florida Graduate Student Council Research Conference.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker. 2010 January. Fine-scale movement and habitat data for gag grouper. Poster at the Florida Artificial Reef Summit.

Biesinger, Z., 2009 March. Landscape, movement, and growth in gag grouper. Florida Sea Grant Advisory Council.

Biesinger, Z., W. Lindberg, B. Bolker. 2009 March. How the seascape shapes grouper behavior and affects fisheries conservation. Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund.

Biesinger, Z., 2009 January. Juvenile gag fine-scale space-use patterns. University of Florida Marine Biology Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., G. Niezgoda, P. Anson, M. Sisak, B. Bolker, and W. Lindberg. 2008 August. Obtaining fine-scale movement and habitat data for spatial fisheries modelling. American Fisheries Society Meeting.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, W. Lindberg. 2008 March. Gag grouper habitat, movement, and fitness. University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, W. Lindberg. 2007 April. Gag grouper habitat and movement. University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., B. Bolker, W. Lindberg. 2006 April. Habitat, behavior, and fitness. University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., 2005 April. Gag grouper habitat selection and population dynamics. University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Graduate Student Symposium.

Biesinger, Z., 1997. Modeling Mountain Pine Beetle population redistribution. Mathematical Association of America Meeting.

 

Teaching Experience

  • Fish and Limnology / Introduction to Fishery Science. 2011. Guest lectured in this graduate/undergraduate course.
  • Fresh and Marine Water Ecology. 2007. Developed and co-taught this graduate/undergraduate field ecology course on Florida's fresh and marine waters enritonments.
  • Foundations for Critical Thinking in Ecology. 2007. Served as a Teaching Assistant leading discussions and evaluating essays.
  • General Microbiology. 1998-2001. Served as course Teaching Assistant and directed and supervised laboratory sections.
  • Microbiology for Majors. 1998-2001. Served as course Teaching Assistant and directed and supervised laboratory sections.
  • Microbial Physiology. 1998-2001. Served as course Teaching Assistant and directed and supervised laboratory sections.
  • Introductory Biology. 1998-2001. Served as course Teaching Assistant and directed and supervised laboratory sections.
  • Personal tutor in first year physics, algebra through calculas, and statistics. 1995-1998. Regular, individual tutoring sessions with students with special learning needs or who were first-generation college attendees.
  • Rhetoric Associate. 1995-1998. Served as a writing coach working with students through an entire course to improve writing skills.

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