Andrew E. Honsey

Andrew E. Honsey
United States Geological Survey | USGS · Hammond Bay Biological Station

Ph.D.

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Additional affiliations
March 2020 - present
USGS Great Lakes Science Center
Position
  • Researcher
January 2019 - March 2020
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2014 - December 2018
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
August 2014 - December 2018
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Field of study
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

Publications

Publications (23)
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Degree-days (DD) are an effective metric for quantifying the thermal opportunity for ectotherm growth. There is strong empirical evidence to suggest that DD are useful for describing fish growth, and that immature growth increases linearly with DD. However, fish ecology lags behind other disciplines in the widespread adoption of DD. We provide (1)...
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Two primary goals in fisheries research are to (1) understand how habitat and environmental conditions influence the distribution of fishes across the landscape, and (2) make predictions about how fish communities will respond to environmental and anthropogenic change. In inland, freshwater ecosystems, quantitative approaches traditionally used to...
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Fish recruitment is complex and difficult to predict. Data-driven approaches show promise for predicting recruitment and understanding its drivers. We used a random forest model to infer relationships between year-class strength and 17 variables describing potential recruitment drivers across 30+ years of walleye Sander vitreus data from Minnesota’...
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Aim Recurrent species assemblages integrate important biotic interactions and joint responses to environmental and spatial filters that enable local coexistence. Here, we applied a bipartite (site–species) network approach to develop a natural typology of lakes sharing distinct fish faunas and provide a detailed, hierarchical view of their bioregio...
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The Great Lakes basin was historically populated by multiple, coevolved coregonine species, but much of that diversity has been lost. In Lakes Erie and Ontario, both lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis) and cisco (Coregonus artedi) occurred in high numbers before habitat degradation, overfishing, invasive species, and other factors caused signif...
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1.The role of sexual selection in the context of harvest‐induced evolution is poorly understood. However, elevated and trait‐selective harvesting of wild populations may change sexually‐selected traits, which in turn can affect mate choice and reproduction. 2. We experimentally evaluated the potential for fisheries‐induced evolution of mating behav...
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In most fisheries, larger fish experience substantially higher mortality than smaller fish. Body length, life‐history and behavioral traits often correlate, such that fisheries‐induced changes in size or life‐history can also alter behavioural traits. However, empirical evidence regarding how size‐selective harvesting alters the evolution of behavi...
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In fisheries worldwide, larger fish are subjected to substantially greater fishing mortality than smaller fish. Body length and behavioral traits are often correlated, such that fisheries-induced changes in either behaviour or morphology can also alter other traits as result of direct or indirect selection. Consistent behavioral differences among i...
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Ectotherm growth is inextricably linked to both temperature and other aspects of life history. In this dissertation, I leverage life history and bioenergetics theory to (1) justify and standardize the use of metrics that adequately describe the effect of temperature on ectotherm growth, and (2) develop and apply methods that leverage the links betw...
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Attendance at professional conferences is well-studied, but few studies have analyzed presentation attendance within a conference. Understanding why some presentations attract larger audiences than others can be useful for both presenters and conference organizers. To this end, we applied a random forest model to data from 1676 presentations at the...
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1. Several new growth models have been proposed to account for the life-history tradeoffs that occur when indeterminately-growing species allocate energy between somatic growth and reproduction. These models can improve the understanding of lifetime growth and life-history, but can be more difficult to fit than conventional growth models. Increased...
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Age-at-maturity (AAM) is a key life history trait that provides insight into ecology, evolution, and population dynamics. However, maturity data can be costly to collect or may not be available. Life history theory suggests that growth is biphasic for many organisms, with a change-point in growth occurring at maturity. If so, then it should be poss...
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Stocked and naturally reproducing salmonids in Lake Michigan support an economically important charter boat fishery which operates from multiple locations around the lake. Charter boat operators depend on the sustainability and spatial availability of salmonid species. We analyzed the spatial distributions of charter boat harvest of brown trout, Ch...
Conference Paper
Degree-days (DD) are an effective metric for quantifying the physiologically relevant thermal scope for growth for fishes and other ectotherms. However, fish science lags behind other disciplines (e.g., agronomy, entomology) in the widespread use of DD, likely because of the popularity of other metrics (e.g., mean air temperature) and a perceived d...
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Remnant populations of Cisco Coregonus artedi persist at the southern extent of their range among northern Indiana's glacial lakes, where most of their populations have become extirpated during the past century. Land-use practices have likely accelerated lake eutrophication, while climate change threatens to further degrade the habitat necessary to...
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Glacial lakes in northern Indiana constitute the southern native range extent of Cisco (Coregonus artedii) in North America. Over the past 100 years, the number of inland glacial lakes in Indiana with Cisco present has declined precipitously, from approximately 45 in the early 1900s to 7 in 2013. Unlike many Midwestern glacial lakes located further...
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Fitting a von Bertalanffy (vB) growth model to lifetime growth in length does not adequately account for biological mechanisms. The Lester model of biphasic growth is a viable and biologically realistic alternative to the vB model that is grounded in life-history theory. It explicitly accounts for the shift in energy allocation that occurs at matur...
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Recent studies have demonstrated that Great Lakes fish species exhibit a larger scale of population synchrony than predicted by meta-analyses. For example, populations of yellow perch and bloater are synchronous at the scale of up to 150 and 400 km, respectively, spanning multiple lakes. Regional climate patterns that can influence fish populations...
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Population-level reproductive success (recruitment) of many fish populations is characterized by high interannual variation and related to annual variation in key environmental factors. When such environmental factors are annually correlated across broad spatial scales, spatially separated populations may display recruitment synchrony. We investiga...
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The cisco Coregonus artedi is distributed throughout northern North America and is relegated to coldwater, oligotrophic systems. Populations of cisco located at the species' southern range extent, including northern Indiana and southern Michigan, have drastically declined over the past century, seemingly due to a combination of climate warming and...

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As time goes by, I have more and more projects associated with coregonine restoration in the Great Lakes. Now this project page is for branch of past, ongoing, and future projects (PL = project lead): (1) historical distribution of Cisco in Lake Michigan 1930-1932 (past, PL), (2) forms of Cisco in Lake Huron (past), (3) historical distribution of Cisco in the upper Great Lakes 1952-1962 (ongoing, PL), (4) methods for morphological comparisons (ongoing, PL), (5) forms of hatchery vs wild hoyi (ongoing), (6) forms of hoyi/hybrida in Lake Huron (ongoing), (7) diversity of Lake Superior coregonines (ongoing), (8) hybridization of coregonines in Lakes Michigan and Huron (future, PL), (9) forms of Cisco in Lake Erie and inland lakes (future/may not have time), and (10) implications of historical commercial catch for the presence of shorthead cisco (future)