Dr. Pennuto joined the Great Lakes Center in 2003 as a research scientist, and holds a joint appointment as a Professor of Biology. He serves as the Director for WNY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) and is the Coordinator for the Great Lakes Environmental Science graduate programs. Dr. Pennuto conducts research, with graduate and undergraduate students, in areas of aquatic invasive species, behavioral ecology, and stream and lake ecology.
Ph.D., Systematics and Ecology (Aquatic Ecology), University of Kansas, 1994. Dissertation title: Acidification effects on stream macroinvertebrates: behavioral, physiological, and community level responses.
M.S., Zoology, North Dakota State University, 1988. Thesis title: Habitat ecology, distribution, and economic value of the ribbon leech, Nephelopsis obscura, in North Dakota.
B.S., Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, Iowa State University, 1984.
aquatic invasive species, stream ecosystem dynamics, nutrient stoichiometry and lake budgets, predator/prey behavioral ecology
USFWS, Lower Great Lakes Fisheries Unit. 2020-2022. “Historic and contemporary sturgeon habitats in the Lake Erie basin.” $70,555. Pennuto (PI).
NYS DEC, Invasive Species Management Grant Program. 2019-2021. “Rapid response and early detection of Slender false brome and Japanese stiltgrass in Western New York.” $99,858. Pennuto and Hernon (co-PI).
USGS, Northern Forest/Great Lakes CESU. 2018-2019. “Support for a Cladophora growth model: frequent biomass and coverage assessments married to Sentinel 3 satellite imagery in Lake Ontario." $103,576. Pennuto (PI)
NYS DEC. 2019-2023. “Administration of the Western NY PRISM: Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management.” $3,499,212. Pennuto (PI).
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). 2017-2019. “Eastern Slender False Brome Working Group.” $299,907. Locke and Pennuto (Co-PIs).
§ = graduate student, * = undergraduate student
Pennuto, C.M. (submitted). Rapid response of the nearshore Round Goby population to temperature declines associated with upwelling events in Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research
Pennuto, C.M. and J.D. Wagner §. (submitted) Seasonal changes in nearbed and Cladophora tissue nutrients in Lake Ontario. Journal of Great Lakes Research
Haines, A.D. § and C.M. Pennuto. (in press) Seasonal diet, body condition, and trap susceptibility of the Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus Rafinesque, 1818) in Western New York. Journal of Herpetology
Pennuto, C.M., K. Mehler, B. Weidel, B.F. Lantry, and E. Bruestle §. 2020. Dynamics of the seasonal migration of Round Goby (Neogobius melanostomus Pallas, 1814) and implications for the Lake Ontario food web. Ecology of Freshwater Fish DOI: 10.1111/eff.12568
Bruestle, E.L. §, C. Karboski, A. Hussey, A.T. Fisk, K. Mehler, C. Pennuto, and D. Gorsky. 2019. Novel trophic interaction between lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) and invasive species in an altered food web. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76:6-14
Cava, Z. §, A. McMillan, C. Pennuto, and R. Warren. 2018. Hellbender prey preference is superseded by native and non-native prey behavior. Journal of Herpetology 52:162-170.
Pennuto, C.M., K.A. Cudney §, and C.E. Janik §. 2018. Fish invasion alters ecosystem function in a small heterotrophic stream. Biological Invasions 20:1033-1047. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-017-1609-8
Aquatic Entomology (BIO 431), Freshwater Macroinvertebrate Ecology (BIO 612), Stream Ecology (BIO 430/630), Great Lakes Environmental Science (GLES 535), Introduction to Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (BIO 213)
Society for Freshwater Science (SFS; formerly North American Benthological Society (NABS)), Ecological Society of America (ESA), International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
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