David Wells

Research Technician

SEAS CIGLR
4840 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48108-9719

734-741-2235
wellsdj@umich.edu

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David has been working at UM-CIGLR since 2013. His current research focuses on how invasive species have affected diet, growth, survival and potential recruitment of larval fish, through changes in spatial organization of the lower food webs in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. David has experience collecting a variety of limnology samples with gears including Niskin bottles, CTD, fluoroprobe, laser optical plankton counter, zooplankton, Mysis, and larval fish nets (bongo, neuston, tucker trawl nets)  gears. His expertise is operating a MOCNESS (Multiple Opening and Closing Net Environmental Sensing System.) new to the Great Lakes. He has mentored other CILER summer fellows and volunteers in field and laboratory limnology studies. He has also participated in research involving benthic ecology and microplastics in the Great Lakes.

Education:

  • B.S., University of Michigan-Dearborn, Environmental Science, 2013
  • A.S., Biology, Schoolcraft Community College, 2011

Research interests: Aquatic invasive species, food-web dynamics, ichthyology, tropical fish culture, fishing

Presentations:

Wells, D.J., Psarouthakis, Z., Rutherford, E.S., Chin, T., Vanderploeg, H.A., Cavaletto, J.F. and Glyshaw, P. May 2017. Shock and Awe! Estimating Mysis Density and Catch Avoidance using the MOCNESS in SE Lake Michigan. 60th Annual Conference of the International Association of Great Lakes Research. Detroit, Michigan.

Wells, D.J., E. Rutherford, D. Eppehimer, J. Cavaletto, J. Liebig, H. Vanderploeg, M. Rowe, D. Bunnell, D. Warner, T. Höök, M. Hutton, P. Collingsworth, M. Zischke, R. Claramunt. May 2016. Does Seasonal Variability in Temperature Affect Lake Michigan Larval Fish Phenology, Growth, and Recruitment Potential? 59th Annual Conference of the International Association of Great Lakes Research. Guelph, Ontario.

Sano, D.J. Wells, M.B. Duhaime, C. Sheik, J. Daley, Z. Chen, J. Hankett, G.A. Burton. May 2015. Presence and Characteristics of Microplastic Material in Great Lakes Fishes. 58th Annual Conference of the International Association of Great Lakes Research. Burlington, Vermont.

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David Wells is a CIGLR Research Technician focusing on how invasive species have affected larval fish by changing the lower food webs in Lakes Michigan and Huron. His expertise is operating the MOCNESS (Multiple Opening and Closing Net Environmental Sensing System), a sophisticated instrument that was developed for oceanic sampling and is novel to the Great Lakes.