Jeff Wesner

Jeff Wesner

Assistant Professor

BIOLOGY

Churchill-Haines Labs 170F

Phone: (605) 677-6178

Email: Jeff.Wesner@usd.edu

Website: http://thewesnerlab.com

Teaching Interests:

Ecology, Fish Ecology, Stream Ecology


Research Interests:

I study the ecology and conservation of stream and terrestrial ecosystems. I use population, community, behavioral and food web ecology to 1) guide conservation of freshwater species, and 2) understand how species loss, species introductions, and pollution affect food webs within and across ecological boundaries.


Education:

  • Ph D, Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2010
  • MS, Biology, Western Carolina University, 2005
  • BS, Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2002

Grants:

  • REU Site: Sustainable RIVER (Remediating InVasives to Encourage Resilience), National Science Foundation. Grant Role: Supporting. (2016 - 2019)
  • Travel Grant to Society for Freshwater Science, USD. (2016 - 2016)
  • Examining the impacts of agricultural tile drainage on wetland fauna in Eastern South Dakota., SD Game Fish and Parks. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2015 - 2017)
  • Characterization of sediment sources in the Lewis and Clark Lake Delta, Missouri Sedimentation Action Coalition (funding from US Environmental Protection Agency). Grant Role: Supporting. (2015 - 2016)
  • Freshwater ecosystem studies at USD's Experimental Aquatic Research Site (ExARS), A&S. Grant Role: Principal. (2015 - 2016)
  • MODEL SYSTEMS TO UNDERSTAND THREATS TO FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Grant Role: Principal. (2013 - 2014)

Publications:

Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Wanty, Rich, Balistrieri, Laurie, Wesner, Jeff, Walters, David, Schmidt, Travis, Kraus, Johanna, Stricker, Craig, and Wolf, Ruth. In vivo isotopic fractionation of zinc combined with novel biodynamic modeling yields insights into detoxification mechanisms in the mayfly Neocloeon triangulifer, 1219-1229. Vol. 609. Science of the Total Environment, 2017.
  • Sazama, Eric, Bosch, Michael, Shouldis, Carmelita, Ouellette, Scot, and Wesner, Jeff. Incidence of Wolbachia in aquatic insects, 1165-1169. Vol. 7, Iss. 4. Ecology and Evolution, 2017. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2742)
  • Sweeney, Mark, Cowman, Tim, Dixon, Mark, and Wesner, Jeff. Characterization of the geomorphology, sediment sources, vegetation, and macroinvertebrate diversity of the Lewis and Clark Lake delta, 54..
  • Belk, Mark, Laidlaw, Clint, Maxwell, Madison, and Wesner, Jeff. Building a Better June Sucker: Characterization of Mouth Shape in the Captive Brood Stock. Vol. 9, Iss. 1. The Open Fish Science Journal, 2016.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Contrasting effects of fish predation on benthic versus emerging prey: a meta-analysis, 1205-1211. Vol. 180, Iss. 4. Oecologia, 2016.
  • Allen, Daniel, and Wesner, Jeff. Synthesis: comparing effects of resource and consumer fluxes into recipient food webs using meta-analysis, 594-604. Vol. 97, Iss. 3. Ecology, 2016.
  • Wanty, Richard, Balistrieri, Laurie, Wesner, Jeff, Walters, David, Schmidt, Travis, Podda, F, De Giudici, G, Stricker, Craig, Kraus, Johanna, Lattanzi, P, Wolf, Ruth, and Cidu, R. Isotopic insights into biological regulation of zinc in contaminated systems, 60-63. Vol. 13. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science, 2015.
  • Wesner, Jeff, and Belk, Mark. Variation in the trophic position of common stream fishes and its relationship to the presence of a rare fish, northern leatherside chub (Lepidomeda copei).. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 2015.
  • Wesner, Jeff, Meyers, Peter, Billman, Eric, and Belk, Mark. Habitat selection and consumption across a landscape of multiple predators, 121-129. Vol. 5, Iss. 1. Ecology and Evolution, 2015. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1256)
  • Carr, Natasha B., Garman, Steven L., Walters, Annika, Ray, Andrea, Melcher, Cynthia P., Wesner, Jeff, O'Donnell, Michael S., Sherrill, Kirk R., Babel, Nils C., and Bown, Zachary H.. Wyoming Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment Work Plan. USGS, 2013.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Fish predation alters benthic, but not emerging, insects across whole pools of an intermittent stream, 438-449. Vol. 32, Iss. 2. Freshwater Science, 2013.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Emerging aquatic insects as predators in terrestrial systems across a gradient of stream temperature in North and South America, 2465-2474. Vol. 57, Iss. 12. Freshwater Biology, 2012.
  • Wesner, Jeff, Billman, Eric J., and Belk, Mark C.. Multiple predators indirectly alter community assembly across ecological boundaries, 1674-1682. Vol. 93, Iss. 7. Ecology, 2012.
  • Gillette, David P., Fortner, Allison M., Franssen, Nathan R., Cartwright, Sara, Tobler, Courtney M., Wesner, Jeff, Reneau, Paulette C., Reneau, Franz H., Schlupp, Ingo, Marsh-Matthews, Edie C., and others. Patterns of change over time in darter (Teleostei: Percidae) assemblages of the Arkansas River basin, northeastern Oklahoma, USA, 855-864. Vol. 35, Iss. 9. Ecography, 2012.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Predator diversity effects cascade across an ecosystem boundary, 53-60. Vol. 121, Iss. 1. Oikos, 2012.
  • Wesner, Jeff, Cornelison, James W., Dankmeyer, Christopher D., Galbreath, Peter F., and Martin, Thomas H.. Growth, pH tolerance, survival, and diet of introduced northern-strain and native southern-strain Appalachian brook trout, 37-44. Vol. 140, Iss. 1. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 2011.
  • Wesner, Jeff, Billman, Eric J., Meier, Adam, and Belk, Mark C.. Morphological convergence during pregnancy among predator and nonpredator populations of the livebearing fish Brachyrhaphis rhabdophora (Teleostei: Poeciliidae), 386-392. Vol. 104, Iss. 2. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2011.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Shoaling species drive fish assemblage response to sequential large floods in a small midwestern USA stream, 231-242. Vol. 91, Iss. 2. Environmental biology of fishes, 2011.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Aquatic predation alters a terrestrial prey subsidy, 1435-1444. Vol. 91, Iss. 5. Ecology, 2010.
  • Wesner, Jeff. Seasonal variation in the trophic structure of a spatial prey subsidy linking aquatic and terrestrial food webs: adult aquatic insects, 170-178. Vol. 119, Iss. 1. Oikos, 2010.
  • Walters, David, Wesner, Jeff, Zeullig, Robert, Kowalski, Dan, and Kondratief, Matt. Holy flux: spatial and temporal variation in massive pulses of emerging insect biomass from western U.S. rivers. Ecology.
  • Wesner, Jeff, Walters, David, Schmidt, Travis, Kraus, Johanna, Stricker, Craig, Clements, William, and Wolf, Ruth. Metamorphosis affects metal concentrations and isotopic signatures in a mayfly (Baetis tricaudatus): Implications for the aquatic-terrestrial transfer of metals., 2438-2446. Vol. 51, Iss. 4. Environmental Science & Technology. (DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05471)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Kraus, Johanna, Schmidt, Travis, Walters, David, and Clements, William. Metamorphosis enhances the effects of metal exposure on the mayfly, Centroptilum triangulifer. Environmental Science & Technology.
  • Kraus, Johanna, Walters, David, Wesner, Jeff, Stricker, Craig, Schmidt, Travis, and Zeullig, Robert. Metamorphosis in insects alters risk of contaminant exposure in food webs. Environmental Science & Technology.
  • Wesner, Jeff, and Belk, Mark C.. Trophic position of common freshwater fishes declines in the absence of a threatened species. Ecology of Freshwater Fish.

Presentations:

  • Seidel, Tyler, Wesner, Jeff. Effects of fishes on aquatic insects in linked aquatic-terrestrial food webs.. Presented at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (September 2017)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Henning, Lauren, Allen, Daniel. Are the effects of subsidies at the freshwater-terrestrial boundary consistent across multiple ecosystem boundaries?. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (June 2017)
  • Henry, Brianna, Kerby, Jacob, Wesner, Jeff. How do atrazine and selenium impact the link between water and land?. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (June 2017)
  • Nearman, Charles, Wesner, Jeff, Henning, Lauren, Sazama, Eric, Henry, Brianna, Rolfes, Emily, Waage, Wyatt, Olson, Stian. Minimal effects of fathead minnows on insect emergence from outdoor mesocosms.. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (June 2017)
  • Sazama, Eric, Ouellette, Scot, Wesner, Jeff. Prevalence and spatial distribution of Wolbachia within aquatic insects of the Missouri River and associated drainages.. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (June 2017)
  • Henning, Lauren, Wesner, Jeff. Short-term responses of benthic and emerging insects to damselfly predation.. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (June 2017)
  • Oddy, Erika, Wesner, Jeff. Spatial and temporal variation in insect emergence from four backwaters of the Missouri river.. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (June 2017)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Warmbold, Jerry. Contrasting effects of fish predation on benthic versus emerging insects in the Missouri National Recreational River.. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science, Raleigh, NC. (February 2017)
  • Farkas, Jillian, Davis, Drew, Henry, Brianna, Wesner, Jeff, Kerby, Jacob. The Effect of Agricultural Runoff on Fish Habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region. Presented at the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology Annual Meeting, New Orleans. (July 8, 2016)
  • Siddons, Spencer, Wesner, Jeff, Kerby, Jacob. Increased species richness reduces pathogen infection risk in amphibians: a meta-analysis. Presented at the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology Annual Meeting, New Orleans. (July 7, 2016)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Warmbold, Jerry. CONTRASTING EFFECTS OF FISH PREDATION ON BENTHIC VERSUS EMERGING INSECTS. Presented at the Society for Freshwate Science Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. (May 2016)
  • Henning, Lauren, Wesner, Jeff. A systematic review of the study of fish effects on benthic and emerging aquatic insects. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. (May 2016)
  • Henry, Brianna, Kerby, Jake, Wesner, Jeff. Effects of selenium and pesticides on aquatic-terrestrial resource subsidies in the Prairie Potholes. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. (May 2016)
  • Sazama, Eric, Shouldis, Carmelita, Ouellette, Scot, Wesner, Jeff. PREVALENCE AND SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF WOLBACHIA WITHIN AQUATIC INSECTS OF THE MISSOURI RIVER AND ASSOCIATED DRAINAGES. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Sacramento, CA. (May 2016)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Warmbold, Jerry. Fish reduce algae and insect emergence by > 90% in a Missouri River backwater. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Symposium, USD. (April 7, 2016)
  • Sazama, Eric, Wesner, Jeff, Ouellette, Scot. Presence and distribution of Wolbachia in the Missouri National Recreational River. Presented at the Missouri River Institute Symposium, USD. (April 7, 2016)
  • Sazama, Eric J., Ouellette, Scot, Wesner, Jeff. Surveying the presence of Wolbachia in the Missouri River ecosystem. Presented at the Entomology 2015, Minneapolis, MN. (November 15, 2015)
  • Warmbold, Jerry, Wesner, Jeff. AN EMERGING DECLINE: LARGE CONSUMERS REDUCE AQUATIC INSECT EMERGENCE BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE IN A MISSOURI RIVER BACKWATER. Presented at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. (August 2015)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Allen, Daniel. Resource and Consumer Fluxes at the Water-Land Interface and Beyond: A Meta-Analysis. Presented at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting, Portland, OR. (August 2015)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Walters, David, Schmidt, Travis, Kraus, Johanna, Wanty, Richard, Stricker, Craig, Clements, William. METAL CONCENTRATIONS DECLINE BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE DURING METAMORPHOSIS IN THE MAYFLY (BAETIS TRICAUDATUS). Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science. (May 2015)
  • Warmbold, Jerry, Wesner, Jeff. AN EMERGING DECLINE: LARGE CONSUMERS REDUCE AQUATIC INSECT EMERGENCE BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE IN A MISSOURI RIVER BACKWATER. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. (May 2015)
  • Sazama, Eric, Ouellette, Scot, Wesner, Jeff. SURVEYING THE PRESENCE OF WOLBACHIA IN THE MISSOURI RIVER ECOSYSTEM. Presented at the Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. (May 2015)
  • Wesner, Jeff. Holy flux: Cross-ecosystem impacts of fish species loss and pollution across the water-land boundary. Presented at the Environmental Graduate Student Organization Symposium, Ames, IA. (March 2015)
  • Warmbold, Jerry, Wesner, Jeff. AN EMERGING DECLINE: LARGE CONSUMERS REDUCE AQUATIC INSECT EMERGENCE BY AN ORDER OF MAGNITUDE IN A MISSOURI RIVER BACKWATER. Presented at the Dakota Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Bismark, ND. (January 2015)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Kraus, Johanna, Schmidt, Travis, Walters, David, Clements, William. Metamorphosis enhances the effects of metal exposure on the mayfly, Centroptilum triangulifer. Presented at the Ecological Society of America, Sacramento, CA. (August 2014)
  • Kraus, Johanna, Walters, David, Wesner, Jeff, Stricker, Craig, Schmidt, Travis. Metamorphosis in insects alters risk of contaminant exposure in food webs. Presented at the Joing Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR. (May 20, 2014)
  • Walters, David, Zeullig, Robert, Kowalski, Daniel, Wesner, Jeff. Quantifying the emergence of giant stonefly (Pteronarcys californica) and its importance to terrestrial foodwebs in the U.S. western rivers. Presented at the Joing Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR. (May 20, 2014)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Kraus, Johanna, Schmidt, Travis, Walters, David, Clements, William. The effects of aqueous zinc exposure are enhanced during mayfly metamorphosis in the lab. Presented at the Joing Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR. (May 20, 2014)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Kraus, Johanna, Schmidt, Travis, Walters, David, Clements, William. Metal exposure increases mortality of aquatic insects during metamorphosis. Presented at the Rocky Mountain SETAC, Laramie, WY. (April 17, 2014)
  • Kraus, Johann, Walters, David, Wesner, Jeff, Stricker, Craig, Zeullig, Robert. Metamorphosis in insects alters risk of contaminant exposure in food webs. Presented at the Rocky Mountain SETAC, Laramie, WY. (April 17, 2014)
  • Schmidt, Travis, Kraus, Johanna, Wesner, Jeff, Walters, David. The living dead: When aquatic life standards protect aquatic insect larvae but not adults. Presented at the Rocky Mountain SETAC, Laramie, WY. (April 17, 2014)
  • Walters, Annika, Carr, Natasha, Sherrill, Kirk, Wesner, Jeff. What insight can the Wyoming Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment provide for fisheries and aquatic habitat management in Wyoming?. Presented at the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter of the American Fisheries Association, Laramie, WY. (March 5, 2014)
  • Kraus, Johanna M., Walters, David M., Wesner, Jeff, Stricker, Craig A., Schmidt, Travis S., Zuellig, Robert E.. Metamorphosis in insects alters contaminant transfer, diet tracers and risk to wildlife. Presented at the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN. (November 19, 2013)
  • Wesner, Jeff, Kraus, Johanna M., Schmidt, Travis S., Walters, David M., Clements, William H.. The role of metamorphosis in regulating metal flux from aquatic to terrestrial food webs. Presented at the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX, USA. (November 10, 2013)
  • Wesner, Jeff. The terrestrial impact of stream pollution and fish species loss.