Faculty and Staff

Alicia Perez-Fuentetaja

(716) 878-4608
Campus Address: Science And Math Complex 365

Research Interests

I am an aquatic ecologist interested in food web interactions, particularly in the Great Lakes ecosystem. My research interests include: invasion of exotic species, such as the trophic ecology of the bloody-red shrimp, Hemimysis anomala; invasive fish species and their potential for disrupting trophic cascades; and processes that alter ecosystem stability and resilience. Applied research in my lab includes the study of environmental conditions and food web transfer of type E botulism in the Great Lakes, and effects of food web-mediated endocrine-disrupting chemicals (PCB and PBDE) on fish populations.

Courses Taught

BIO 429/627- Fisheries Biology
BIO 612- Great Lakes Ecology
BIO 612-02- Trophic Interactions

Current Extramurally Funded Research Projects

I have currently one large project funded by two organizations that include multiple investigators and eleven graduate students in two campuses.

Niagara Greenway Ecological Fund. 2014-2016. $766,488. “Emerald shiner habitat conservation and restoration study in the upper Niagara River: importance for sport fish, common terns and public education”. PIs: A. Pérez-Fuentetaja, M. Clapsadl, R. Snyder (SUNY-Buffalo State).

Great Lakes Remedial Action Plan. US Army Corps of Engineers. 2014-2016. $1,331,247.   “Emerald shiner habitat conservation and restoration study in the upper Niagara River: importance for sport fish, common terns and public education”.  PIs: A. Pérez-Fuentetaja, M. Clapsadl, R. Snyder (SUNY-Buffalo State).

Follow us at: http://emeraldshiner.buffalostate.edu/

My Lab’s Current Student Projects

Johnson, R.J. Expected graduation May 2017. Microbial environmental conditions in habitats favored by larval fish in the upper Niagara River. GLES M.A.

Fleck, S. Expected graduation Dec. 2016. You are where you eat: The consequences of larval fish habitat choice. Biology M.A.

Cochran, J. Expected graduation May 2016. Ecology of the Young-of-the-Year Emerald Shiner (Notropis atherinoides) in the Upper Niagara River: Development, Growth, and Assemblage Interactions. GLES M.A.

Recent Publications

Pérez-Fuentetaja, A., Mackintosh, SA, Zimmerman, LR, Clapsadl, MD, Alaee, M., Aga, DS. 2015. Trophic transfer of flame retardants (PBDEs) in the food web of Lake Erie. Canadian J. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0088. Early availability online at: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/10.1139/cjfas-2015-0088#.Ve8ZQ1VViko

Pérez-Fuentetaja, A. and J. Wuerstle. 2014. Prey size selection and feeding ecology of an omnivorous invader: Hemimysis anomala. J. Great Lakes Research 40(2): 257–264.

Pérez-Fuentetaja, A., M. D. Clapsadl, and W. T. Lee.  2013.  Comparative role of dreissenids and other benthic invertebrates as links for type-E botulism transmission in the Great Lakes. In T. F. Nalepa and D. W. Schloesser [eds] Quagga and Zebra Mussels: Biology, Impacts, and Control. 2nd Edition.  CRC Press: Boca Raton.

Mackintosh, S. A., Perez-Fuentetaja, A., Zimmerman, L.R., Pacepavicius, G., Clapsadl, M., Alaee, M., Aga, D.S. 2012. Levels and bioaccumulation of halogenated flame retardants in the Lake Erie aquatic food web. Organohalogen Compounds 74:528-531.

Mackintosh, S.A.,  A. Pérez-Fuentetaja, L.R. Zimmerman, G. Pacepavicius, M. Clapsadl, , M. Alaee, D. S. Aga.  2012. Analytical Performance of a Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer Compared to a High Resolution Mass Spectrometer for the Analysis of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Fish.  Analytica Chimica Acta 747:67-75.

Pérez-Fuentetaja, A., M. Clapsadl, R.G. Getchell. P.R. Bowser and W.T Lee.  2011. Clostridium botulinum Type E in Lake Erie: Inter-Annual Differences and Role of Benthic invertebrates.  J. Great Lakes Research 37(2):238-244.


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