William Fetzer - PI
I am broadly interested in all aspects of aquatic and fisheries science, focusing on research questions directly relevant to management and policy needs. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time outside with my family, including gardening, biking, hiking and camping, fishing, and hunting.
Chance Roberts - MS Student
Chance received a B.S. from New Mexico State University in 2014 in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology. For the past five years, he worked for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a fisheries technician on various gamefish and native non-gamefish management projects. He is currently in the Fetzer and Collins labs using stable isotopes to construct food webs and identify critical food web linkages in Wyoming reservoirs.
Jaide Phelps - Lab Manager
Jaide grew up in Sidney, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Wyoming in Biology in 2018. She has assisted with field and laboratory work from across Wyoming, Flaming Gorge Reservoir and the Upper North Platte River Reservoirs. Jaide coordinates sample processing for diet analyses, stable isotopes, and age and growth analyses. Previously, she was a field technician on a project looking at zooplankton assemblages in stocked and fish-less alpine lakes in the Wind River mountain range. Her plans for the future are to enroll in a Masters program to study marine science and to pursue a career in science education and public outreach.
Will Herrick - Undergraduate Technician
Will is from Indianapolis, Indiana and is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming, majoring in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management with a focus on aquatics. Prior to starting at UW, Will was in the Navy where he worked as a nuclear reactor mechanic on a submarine. Will is interested in fish propagation, previously working at a hatchery in Alaska. Will is working on a variety of projects in the lab, primarily assisting with diet analyses.
Austin Jacobson - Undergraduate Researcher
Austin grew up in Cheyenne, WY and is currently pursuing degrees in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management and Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management. He anticipates graduating in spring of 2020. His main hobbies are spending time with his family, hunting and fishing. He is currently working on a diet analysis of lake trout in Flaming Gorge.
Braxton Newkirk - Undergraduate Researcher
Braxton is currently a senior at the University of Wyoming studying Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management with an emphasis in fisheries. This past summer he worked with a graduate student in the Walters Lab working on the Wyoming Native Fish project studying mottled sculpin and mountain suckers. His current research links diet analyses, stable isotopes, and geometric morphometry of age-0 yellow perch from different habitats in Oneida Lake, New York. He plans to continue his education with a master's degree and eventually begin a career as a fisheries biologist.