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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

  • 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.
  • Lottig, N.R., P.-N. Tan, T. Wagner, K.S. Cheruvelil, P.A. Soranno, E.H. Stanley, C.E. Scott, C.A. Stow, and S. Yuan. 2017. Macroscale patterns of synchrony identify complex relationships among spatial and temporal ecosystem drivers. Ecosphere 8(12).
  • Li, Y., T. Wagner, Y. Jiao, R. Lorants, and C.A Murphy. Accepted. Evaluating spatial and temporal variability in growth and mortality for recreational fisheries with limited catch data. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
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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: 4

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 17

Scientific Publications: 86

Presentations: 117


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