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Dr. Tyler Wagner



  • Ph D Michigan State University 2006
  • MS University of Idaho 2000
  • BS University of Idaho 1999


I received my PhD from the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University (MSU). Upon completion of my PhD I served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Quantitative Fisheries Center (located at MSU). The primary focus of the my research is on linking fine-scale lab and field studies within a macrosystems theoretical framework to understand ecological patterns and processes in aquatic systems across broad spatial and temporal scales.

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - Secretary-Treasurer, Education Section (October 2015 - September 2016)
  • American Fisheries Society - Northeastern Division Representative for the Education Section of the American Fisheries Society (September 2014 - October 2015)
  • American Fisheries Society - President- PA Chapter of AFS (July 2010 - July 2011)
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Research Publications

  • Oliver, S.K., C.E. Fergus, N.K. Skaff, T. Wagner, P-N. Tan, K.S. Cheruvelil, and P.A. Soranno. Strategies for effective collaborative manuscript development in interdisciplinary science teams. Ecosphere.
  • Schall, M.K., V.S. Blazer, R.M. Lorantas, G.D. Smith, J.E. Mullican, B.J. Keplinger, T. Wagner. In press. Quantifying Temporal Trends in Fisheries Abundance using Bayesian Dynamic Linear Models: A Case-Study of Riverine Smallmouth Bass Populations. North American Journal of Fisheries Management.
  • DeWeber, J.T. and T. Wagner. 2018. Probabilistic measures of climate change vulnerability, adaptation action benefits, and related uncertainty from maximum temperature metric selection. Global Change Biology.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Quantitative Methods in Ecology (2017)
  • Hierarchical models in ecology (2015)
  • Quantitative Methods in Ecology (2014)
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Pennsylvania University Committees and Workgroups

  • Tyler WagnerEcology Admissions Committee (December 2011 - December 2013)

Technical Publications

  • Irwin, B. J., T. Wagner, M. V. Kepler, W. Liu, J. R. Bence, D. B. Hayes, and N. Lester. 2011. Spatial and temporal components of variation in Great Lake percid populations: implications for conservation and management. Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act, Project Completion Report.
  • Diefenbach, D. R., B. J. Irwin, and T. Wagner. 2011. Summary of outcomes for the structured decision making workshop for catch and release trout regulations. State College, PA.
  • Lorantas, R., Wagner, T., Arnold, D., Detar, J., Kaufmann, M., Kuhn, K., Lorson, R., Wnuk, R., and Woomer, A. 2010. Smallmouth Bass Electrofishing Catch Rate in Large Pennsylvania Rivers and Examination of Smallmouth Bass Recruitment Indices. Technical Report, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 86

Presentations: 120


Contact Information

Tel: (814) 865 - 6592

Current Students

Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
  2. Pennsylvania Game Commission
  3. Pennsylvania State University
  4. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  5. U.S. Geological Survey
  6. Wildlife Management Institute