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Dr. Wayne A. Wurtsbaugh

Dr. Wayne A. Wurtsbaugh

Professor (Limnology, landscape ecology, aquatic ecology, saline lakes, nutrients, phytoplankton, zooplankton, fish, Artemia, pollution, international studies)
Department: Ecology Center, Watershed Sciences
Departmental Role: Watershed Sciences Faculty
Status: Faculty, Faculty Advisor
Location:  BNR 106
Office Phone:  435.797.2584
Fax:  435.797.1871
Utah State University
Department of Watershed Sciences
5210 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-5210

Wayne received graduate degrees and post-doctoral experience at the University of California, Davis and Oregon State University.  Since coming to Utah State Univ. in 1983 he has done research throughout the western United States, Peru, Argentina, Switzerland and Spain.  He has broad experience in fish ecology and limnology.  His 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. 

Wayne’s primary teaching responsibilities have included Limnology, Aquatic Ecology Practicum, Water Quality and Pollution and graduate seminars on limnology and fish ecology.

USU Selected Works

Selected Publications - pdf

Selected Publications - html

Current Graduate Students:

Eric McCulley - MS - Watershed Science


    WATS 4500
    WATS 4510

4510 Student Project Reports:

2011 Willard Spur Fishes  USU Report
2010 Farmington Bay USU Report

2009 Cutler-Dingle USU Report
2008 Cutler-Dingle USU Report
2007 Cutler-Dingle USU Report

Research Links:

Summary of Fulbright Fellowship in Argentina, Spring 2011