CLR Faculty

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Dr. Mark Sytsma

Dr. Mark Sytsma

sytsmam@pdx.edu
Ph: 503.725.3833
Fax: 503.725.3834

Ph.D: University of California-Davis • Ecology
M.S: University of Washington • Environmental Science
B.S: Iowa State University • Biology

Mark Sytsma, Professor of Environmental Sciences and Associate Vice-president for Research at PSU, is the director of the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, and co-director of the Aquatic Bioinvasion Research and Policy Institute. His primary research interest is in limnology and the biology and management of aquatic invasive species. Long-term, ongoing projects include the limnology of Waldo Lake, an ultraoligotrophic lake in the Cascade Mountains; aquatic plant surveys in Pacific Northwest lakes; invasive species in the Columbia River; dreissenid mussel monitoring in western states; spartina management in Oregon estuaries; and invasive species policy. He co-authored the Oregon Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and is responsible for implementation of the Plan in collaboration with other state agencies. He is a founding member of the Oregon Invasive Species Council, the Columbia River Basin Team of the 100th Meridian Initiative, and the Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

Dr. Catherine deRivera

Dr. Catherine deRivera

derivera@pdx.edu
Ph: 503.725.9798
Fax: 503.725.3834

Ph.D: Department of Biology, University of California San Diego
B.A: with honors, Biology, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

Cat deRivera is a member of the ESM faculty with the Aquatic Bioinvasions Research and Policy Institute. She studies the ecology and behavior of intertidal and nearshore marine and estuarine animals. Her main research interests include the limits to and consequences of biological invasions and how ecological factors affect mating behaviors and reproductive success. She also is interested in the intersection between behavior and invasions. For example, she plans to test whether successful non-native species are more behaviorally plastic than their less successful counterparts or native species. Her research projects, discussed here, can be further developed in multiple ways, and aspects of each are ideal for local research with students.

Dr. Angela Strecker

Dr. Catherine deRivera

strecker@pdx.edu
Ph: 503.725.2427
Fax: 503.725.3834

Ph.D: Department of Biology, University of California San Diego
B.A: with honors, Biology, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana

Cat deRivera is a new member of the ESR faculty with the Aquatic Bioinvasions Research and Policy Institute. She studies the ecology and behavior of intertidal and nearshore marine and estuarine animals. Her main research interests include the limits to and consequences of biological invasions and how ecological factors affect mating behaviors and reproductive success. She also is interested in the intersection between behavior and invasions. For example, she plans to test whether successful non-native species are more behaviorally plastic than their less successful counterparts or native species. Her research projects, discussed here, can be further developed in multiple ways, and aspects of each are ideal for local research with students.

Dr. Denny Lassuy

Dr. Denny Lassuy

denny_lassuy@fws.gov
Regional Invasive Species Coordinator
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 East Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99503-6199
Ph: (907) 786-3813
Fx: (907) 786-3350

Ph.D: Oregon State • Fisheries (Stream Fish Ecology)
Minor in Marine Resource Management
M.S: University of Guam • Biology (Ecology of Reef Fishes)
B.S. University of Arizona • Biology (Marine Intertidal Ecology)

Dr. Lassuy is an Adjunct Faculty Associate in Environmental Sciences and Resources at Portland State University employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their Alaska Regional Office in Anchorage. Dr. Lassuy currently serves as the Regional Invasive Species Coordinator and recently served as the Regional Research Coordinator and supervisor of the Student Career Experience Program for Fisheries. Dr. Lassuy is the Past-President of the Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society (AFS) and also a past national President of the AFS Introduced Fish Section. He has published works on the role of introduced species in the endangerment and extinction of native fish as well as on national ANS, endangered species, and recreational fisheries policy. Dr. Lassuy has also worked on territorial behavior and feeding ecology of coral reef damselfish and temperate freshwater cyprinid fish.

Dr. Kurt Getsinger

Dr. Kurt Getsinger

getsink@wes.army.mil
Ph: 601-634-2498
Fax: 601-634-2617

Ph.D: Clemson University • Plant Physiology (Aquatic Plants)
M.S: East Carolina University • Biology (Aquatic Plant Mgmt)
B.S: Campbell University

Dr. Getsinger is an Adjunct Faculty Associate in Environmental Sciences and Resources at Portland State University employed by the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS, where he is the research leader of the Chemical Control and Physiological Processes Team. His research has focused on the selective control of submersed, floating and emergent invasive plants using herbicides and plant growth regulators. Dr. Getsinger is Past-President of the Aquatic Plant Management Society (APMS) and a member of several regional APMS Chapters (including the Western APMS). He is a member of the Weed Science Society of America and serves on the board of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. He chairs the Federal Aquatic Herbicide Working Group and the Technical Advisory Committee of the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation. He is a technical advisor on aquatic herbicide issues for various Federal, state, and international agencies, and serves as an adjunct faculty at Mississippi State University and NC State University. Dr. Getsinger has authored numerous scholarly articles on chemical control of aquatic and wetland vegetation.