Impacts of food web structure on lake resilience

Tyler ButtsAs a child, Tyler Butts imagined he would grow up to be a marine biologist, thanks to the influences of the Discovery Channel. But it was his experiences as an undergrad at St. Norbert that led him to freshwater ecosystems.

While at St. Norbert, Butts majored in Biology and Environmental Science. It was during this time that he did research on the effects of sediment dredging on the Fox River.

Butts is now a Ph.D. candidate with Dr. Grace Wilkinson, through the ecology and evolutionary biology interdepartmental program. His dissertation work will focus on how the food web structure can increase or decrease a lake's resilience.

Once he finishes his grad work, he foresees moving into the private or public sector position focused on lake restoration and conservation of aquatic systems.

"I really want to do work that can be useful to ecosystem managers and the public, and help improve water quality conditions," said Butts.

For fun, Butts enjoys hiking and exploring nearby nature areas. He also enjoys reading biographies and playing classic and jazz saxophone.