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Zoology and Physiology

College of Arts and Sciences

William W. Fetzer
Assistant Professor

Office: BS 411

Lab: BS 441


Phone: (307) 314-9204



B.S. Zoology, University of Wisconsin – Madison - 2005
M.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University - 2009
Ph. D. Natural Resources, Cornell University – 2013


My research interests lie at the interface of basic and applied research and I aim to answer questions directly relevant to the management and conservation of fisheries and freshwater ecosystems.  Specifically, I am interested in spatial and temporal responses of aquatic food webs to anthropogenic perturbations, such as climate change, invasive species, and eutrophication. I utilize multiple approaches and incorporate diverse sources of information to evaluate how direct and indirect interactions drive complex, often unexpected outcomes. To ensure that my science is applicable to conservation, management and policy development, I directly engage and communicate my findings to stakeholders, managers, and policy makers. Most recently, I was the Great Lakes Fisheries Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where I gained extensive experience bridging the gap between science and management/policy.


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