Ball State’s aquatic biology and fisheries faculty are more than teachers—they are also active researchers who regularly invite students to work alongside them.
Some of the research projects our students have assisted with include:
- effects of stream channelization on Indiana fish communities
- benthic invertebrates of Lake Michigan
- current and historic fish assemblages of the Wabash River
- ecology of mountain streams in Puerto Rico
- morphological variation among spotfin shiners in the Wabash River watershed
- phytoplankton of the Ohio River
- evolution of mate preference in fish
- fish behavior analysis
- big data approaches to understanding and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species
- the diversity of reproductive strategies among the world's fishes
- who buys fishing licenses in Indiana and how they use them
Additionally, the Ball State University Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Center serves as a focal point for aquatic research and services throughout the region, and the center promotes the pursuit of research among faculty and students alike.
Some courses offer trips to regions such as Sapelo Island, Belize, or South Africa. These unique opportunities allow for students to have hands-on-learning experiences in different locations. Typically these are offered over Spring Break or at the beginning of summer. Contact your advisor to learn more about these exciting courses!
The Ball State chapter of the American Fisheries Society provides an opportunity to connect with other students in your concentration for support, professional development opportunities and academic discussion.
Small Class Size
Our low student-to-professor ratio and small class sizes give you daily contact with professors in lecture, laboratory and out in the field, plus the individualized attention you need to excel.