I have worked on a variety of aquatic systems including ponds, shallow lakes, large reservoirs, rivers, and the Laurentian Great Lakes. Regardless of the system or species, I use an integrated approach that relies upon a variety of study types, including natural field experiments, experimental manipulation, and modeling to address research questions. Although broad, my research revolves around four interconnected topics: 1) how dynamics occurring during early life stages influences fish recruitment; 2) how major ecological processes such as competition, predation, keystone species, and ecosystem engineers can structure population dynamics of fishes (recruitment, growth, and mortality) and aquatic ecosystems; 3) relationships among land use, physicochemical lake characteristics, and fish communities and population dynamics; and 4) developing unique solutions to management problems. Although broad and diverse, these research topics provide an increased understanding of aquatic ecosystem structure and function that ultimately enhances fisheries management practices.
† denotes graduate student, * denotes undergraduate student
Weber, M. J., *B. Ruebush, S. M. Creque, R. A. Redman, J. M. Dettmers, and S. J. Czesny. 2015. Early life history of alewife Alosa pseudoharengus in southwestern Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research.
Weber, M. J., M. L. Brown, D. H. Wahl, and D. E. Shoup. 2015. Metabolic theory explains latitudinal variation in common carp populations and predicts responses to climate change. Ecosphere 6:54.
Bajer, P., T. K. Cross, J. Lechelt, C. J. Chizinski, M. J. Weber, and P. W. Sorensen. In press. Across-ecoregion analysis suggests a hierarchy of ecological filters that regulate recruitment of a globally invasive fish. Diversity and Distributions 21:500-510.
Wagner, C., M. J. Weber, and D. H. Wahl. 2015. Effect of branching complexity on use of woody habitat by juvenile muskellunge. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 35:14-19.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2015. Biomass-dependent effects of juvenile common carp on aquatic ecosystems. Hydrobiologia 742:71-80.
Flammang, M., M. Thul, M. J. Weber, and R. Schultz. 2014. Evaluating the effectiveness of a sound-bubble-light barrier for reducing walleye escapement. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:1047-1054..
*Howell, J. M., M. J. Weber, and M. L. Brown. 2014. Juvenile feeding ecology of invasive common carp and native fishes: potential for prey resource competition. American Midland Naturalist 172: 91-106.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2013. Spatiotemporal variation of juvenile common carp foraging patterns as inferred from stable isotope analysis. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1179-1191.
Weber M. J., M. Flammang, and R. Schultz. 2013. Estimating and understanding factors related to walleye escapement at Rathbun Reservoir, Iowa. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:642-651.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2013. Continuous, pulsed, and disrupted nutrient subsidy effects on ecosystem productivity, stability, and energy flow. Ecosphere 4:27.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2013. Density-dependence and environmental conditions regulate recruitment and first year-growth of common carp in shallow lakes. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:471-482.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2012. Maternal effect of common carp Cyprinus carpio on fecundity and energy content. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 27:409-417.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2012. Diel and temporal habitat use of juvenile fishes in a complex glacial lake. Lake and Reservoir Management 28:120-129.
Carter, M. W., M. J. Weber, J. M. Dettmers, and D. H. Wahl. 2012. Movement patterns of smallmouth and largemouth bass in Lake Michigan: the importance of water temperature. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38:396-401.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2012. Effects of predator species, vegetation and prey assemblage on prey preferences of predators with emphasis on vulnerability of age-0 common carp. Fisheries Management and Ecology 19:293-300.
Weber, M. J., *K. D. Rounds, and M. L. Brown. 2012. Phenotypic variation and associated predation risk of juvenile common carp Cyprinus carpio. Journal of Fish Biology 80:293-300.
Redman, R. A., S. J. Czesny, J. M. Dettmers, M. J. Weber, and D. Makauskas. 2011. Old tales in recent context: current perspective on yellow perch recruitment in Lake Michigan. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:1277-1289.
Weber, M. J., J. M. Dettmers, and D. H. Wahl. 2011. Growth and survival of age-0 yellow perch across habitats in southwestern Lake Michigan: early life history in a large freshwater environment. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:1172-1185.
Weber, M. J., J. M. Dettmers, D. H. Wahl, and S. J. Czesny. 2011. Size selection and behaviors of native yellow perch foraging on invasive round gobies. Journal of Great Lakes Research 37:584-587.
Kaemingk, M. A., M. J. Weber, P. McKenna, and M. L. Brown. 2011. Effect of passive integrated transponder tag (PIT) implantation site on tag retention, growth, and survival of two sizes of juvenile bluegill and yellow perch. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:726-732.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2011. Comparison of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) age estimates derived from dorsal spines and pectoral fin rays. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 26:195-202.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2011. Relationships among invasive common carp, native fishes and physicochemical characteristics in upper Midwest (USA) lakes. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 20:270-278.
Weber, M. J., M. J. Hennen, and M. L. Brown. 2011. Simulated population responses of common carp to commercial exploitation. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:269-279.
Weber, M. J., M. L. Brown, and D. W. Willis. 2010. Spatial variability of common carp populations in relation to lake morphology and physicochemical parameters in the upper Midwest. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 19:555-565.
Weber, M. J., J. M. Dettmers, D. H. Wahl, and S. J. Czesny. 2010. Effects of predator-prey interactions and benthic habitat complexity on selectivity of a foraging generalist. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:1004-1013.
Weber, M. J., and M. L. Brown. 2009. Effects of common carp on aquatic ecosystems 80 years after ‘Carp as a dominant’: Ecological insights for fisheries management. Reviews in Fisheries Science 17:524-537.