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Dr. Wayne A. Wurtsbaugh

Dr. Wayne A. Wurtsbaugh

Watershed Sciences / Ecology Center

Professor Emeritus

Contact Information

Office Hours: By appointment. Office Location BNR 106
IconPhone: 435-797-2584


Wayne received graduate degrees and post-doctoral experience at the University of California, Davis and Oregon State University. Since coming to USU 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.

Current Graduate Students:
Eric McCulley - MS - Watershed Sciences 

WATS 4500
WATS 4510 

4510 Student Project Reports:
2011 Willard Spur Fishes 
2010 Farmington Bay 
2009 Cutler-Dingle
2008 Cutler-Dingle
2007 Cutler-Dingle 

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Ecology Center

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