MS, Auburn University (marine biology)
BS, Central Michigan Univeristy (biology)
Joe is a Ph. D. candidate at SNRE whose research focuses on both fisheries management practices and species-environmental connectivity in aquatic ecosystems. His dissertation examines early-life stage traits and behavior of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the Great Lakes Basin, and looks to identify impediments to restoration and successful management of this threatened species. Joe has a bachelors in biology from Central Michigan University and a master’s in marine biology from Auburn University. His master’s research examined anthropogenic impacts on coral reef ecosystems in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. His work focused on quantifying the effects of recreational diving on coral reef system health and function, and evaluated effectiveness of existing management strategies in mitigating diver impact. During his time at Central Michigan University, Joe examined bacterial community composition present in the bulb of the north pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurea). His work looked to assess the ability of the plant to self-determine bacterial composition and also helped identify novel bacterial strains.
Joe has also been involved with several outreach and public communication projects including service as an independent consultant for both Shedd’s Aquarium (Chicago, IL) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, CA), where he was helped provide an updated assessment on the sustainability of the commercial fishing industry operating in both lakes Michigan and Huron, to inform seafood rankings as part of the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program (http://www.seafoodwatch.org/).
The unifying theme of Joe's research background centers on ecological conservation and management. Joe's work (both past and present) has contributed to several bodies of knowledge including; restoration ecology, conservation biology, microbial ecology and fisheries ecology and management. His current research seeks to improve our understanding of organism – environmental connectivity, and how habitat requirements and interactions change over the course of an organism’s life. Further, through the use of spatially explicit habitat modeling and on-site field surveys, Joe's work looks to explore this connectivity on a larger scale to develop assessment methods to identify impediments to recovery and restoration attempts of species of conservation concern.
Krieger, J. R. 2015. “Lake trout, Lake whitefish, Rainbow smelt, Walleye, and Yellow perch – Lake Huron.” Seafood Watch Seafood Report. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA. A
Krieger, J. R. 2015. “Lake trout, Lake whitefish, Rainbow smelt, Walleye, and Yellow perch – Lake Michigan.” Seafood Watch Seafood Report. Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA.
Krieger, J. R., and P. S. Kourtev. 2012. Bacterial diversity in three distinct sub-habitats within the pitchers of the Northern Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 79: 555-567.
Krieger, J. R., and P. S. Kourtev. 2012. Detection of methanogenic archaea in the pitchers of the Northern Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 58: 189-194.
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