Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (MAISRC)
Expanding research capacity for aquatic invasive plants
MAISRC is growing! We’re excited to welcome another new staff member to our team: postdoctoral researcher Dr. Adam Kautza. Adam will be working with Dr. Ray Newman on advancing Eurasian water milfoil control efforts, specifically on milfoil weevils and weevil-sunfish interactions.
Dr. Kautza has a diverse background in fisheries and wildlife, and most recently was teaching at the Ohio State University School of Environment and Natural Resources. He also earned his Ph.D. there, writing his dissertation on the consequences of landscape change on riverine food webs and aquatic-terrestrial linkages. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Idaho and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.
At MAISRC, he will focus on the indirect influences that sunfish may have on invasive Eurasian water milfoil. Sunfish have the potential to be a strong top-down control on milfoil largely via predation on native invertebrate herbivores such as milfoil weevils (and other aquatic insects). Identifying the unique effects of sunfish on milfoil herbivores can lead to important insights into methods for effectively managing fisheries in ways that promote effective and safe long-term biocontrol of Eurasian water milfoil.