Höök Lab at Purdue

We are interested in environmental questions at the interface between applied and basic ecology. To address such questions we use an adaptive research approach and employ a variety of research methods (e.g., field sampling, controlled experiments, statistical analysis, simulation modeling). The focus of my research is fish and fisheries ecology in the Laurentian Great Lakes. However, we also study lower trophic level organisms and both smaller freshwater and larger marine ecosystems.

CONTACT

Purdue FNR
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
thook@purdue.edu
765-496-6799

APPLIED PROJECTS

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LAKE MICHIGAN BOUY

These real-time buoys broadcast water conditions to help scientists, managers, residents, and the lakes recreational users understand how the lake works, how things look today, and how things will look in the future.

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LAKE MICHIGAN HARVEST

This application provides anglers on Lake Michigan with information about catch rates of Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Chinook Salmon, Brown Trout, and Coho Salmon over the past two decades.

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SAGINAW BAY RESTORATION

Taking the first steps to restore rock reef spawning habitat within inner Saginaw Bay

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STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

If you are interested in graduate studies in fish ecology at Purdue University, then please contact me. Opportunities for highly motivated, outstanding students may be available. I can accept students through the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources and Purdue Ecological Sciences and Engineering Graduate Program. For minimum criteria and graduate program information please visit the FNR graduate program page and/or the ESE admission page.

If you are an undergraduate student interested in a career in aquatic ecology, I encourage you to become involved with research and extension activities. Feel free to contact me as we may have opportunities in our lab and/or I may be able to point you towards other opportunities

Several undergraduate researchers in our lab have published their findings and many have gone on to graduate school and positions in fisheries and aquatic ecology fields. Some examples of undergraduate publications:

– Sullivan, C., Coulter, D.P., Feiner, Z.S., Donabauer, S., and Höök, T.O. in press. Influences of gear type and analytical methodology on fish assemblage characterisations in temperate lakes. Fisheries Ecology and Management.
– Andree, S.R., Z.S. Feiner, J.W. Bledsoe, A.M. Cragun, and T.O. Höök. 2015. Ontogenetic variability of maternal effects in an iteroparous fish. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 24: 384–396.
– Staton, J.M., C.R. Roswell, D.G. Fielder, M.V. Thomas, S.A. Pothoven and T.O. Höök. 2014. Condition and diet of yellow perch in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron (1970–2011). Journal of Great Lakes Research. 40: 139–147.
– Blouzdis, C.E., L.N. Ivan, S.A. Pothoven, C.R. Roswell, C.J. Foley, and T.O. Höök. 2013. A trophic bottleneck? The ecological role of trout-perch Percopsis omiscomaycus Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 29: 416–424.

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