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Annika Walters

Dr. Annika Walters

Education

  • Ph D Yale University 2009
  • MS Yale University 2006
  • BA Princeton University 2002

Biography

Annika joined the Wyoming unit in 2011. Prior to that Annika was a post-doctoral researcher at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has a BA in ecology and evolutionary biology from Princeton University and a MS and PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale University. Annika's research has focused on aquatic ecosystems and how these ecosystems are altered by natural and anthropogenic disturbance.

Research Interests

Annika is interested in the resistance and resilience of aquatic communities to disturbance. Her research addresses disturbances that are relevant to the conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems through a combination of field observation, experimentation, and modeling. Disturbances of interest include flow alteration, climate change, nutrient loading, invasive species, and energy development. Most of her research involves fish that are of conservation concern and is set in a management context.

Teaching Interests

Annika currently teaches advanced fisheries management and seminars on topics of interest at University of Wyoming.

Research Publications

  • Walters, A.W., E. Mandeville, W.C. Saunders, P. Gerrity, J. Skorupski, Z. Underwood*, E. Gardunio. 2017. Comparison of burbot population dynamics across adjacent native and invaded ranges. Aquatic Invasions 12: 251-262 doi.org/10.3391/ai.2017.12.2.12
  • Gsell, A.S., Scharfenberger, U., D. Özkundakci, A.W. Walters, L. Hansson, P. Nõges, P.C. Reid, D.E. Schindler, E. van Donk, V. Dakos, R. Adrian. 2016. Early-warning signals foreshadow regime shifts in natural aquatic ecosystems. PNAS 113 (50) E8089-E8095doi: 10.1073/pnas.1608242113
  • Walters, A.W. 2016. The importance of context dependency for understanding the effects of low flow events on fish. Freshwater Science 35(1), 216-228. doi:10.1086/683831.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects

Courses

  • Ecology as a Discipline (2017)
  • Advanced Topics in Stream Ecology (2017)
  • Advanced Fisheries Management (2016)
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Wyoming Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Annika WaltersRGE panel participant (November 2016 - November 2016)

Wyoming University Committees and Workgroups

  • Annika WaltersSearch committee - Zoology and Physiology Department (September 2013 - May 2014)
  • Annika WaltersProgram in Ecology Seminar Committee (August 2012 - May 2014)
  • Annika WaltersSearch committee - Zoology and Physiology Department (October 2012 - May 2013)

Technical Publications

  • Bowen, Z.H., Aldridge, C.L., Anderson, P.J., Assal, T.J., Bartos, T.T., Chalfoun, A.D., Chong, G.W., Dematatis, M.K., Eddy-Miller, C.A., Garman, S.L., Germaine, S.S., Homer, C.G., Huber, C.C., Kauffman, M.J., Manier, D.J., Melcher, C.P., Miller, K.A., Norkin, Tamar, Sanders, L.E., Walters, A.W., Wilson, A.B., and Wyckoff, T.B., 2016, U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2015 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1141, 59 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161141.
  • Carr, N.B., and Melcher, C.P., eds., 2015, Wyoming Basin Rapid Ecoregional Assessment:
    U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1155, 896p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151155.
  • Bowen, Z.H., Aldridge, C.L., Anderson, P.J., Assal, T.J., Bartos, T.T., Biewick, L.R.H., Boughton, G.K., Chalfoun, A.D., Chong, G.W., Dematatis, M.K., Eddy-Miller, C.A., Garman, S.L., Germaine, S.S., Homer, C.G., Huber, Christopher, Kauffman, M.J., Latysh, Natalie, Manier, D.J., Melcher, C.P., Miller, A.R., Miller, K.A., Olexa, E.M., Schell, S.L., Walters, A.W., Wilson, A.B., and Wyckoff, T.B., 2015, U.S. Geological Survey science for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative—2014 annual report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2015–1091, 61 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20151091.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 19

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 4

University Staff: 5

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 18

Scientific Publications: 46

Presentations: 76

Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wyoming
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wyoming Game and Fish Department