Michael McCartney, Research Assistant Professor
- Ph.D., SUNY - Stony Brook
AIS Area of Interest
Dr. McCartney's research program has featured a broad range of marine and freshwater invertebrates and fishes — with a focus on mollusks — and he often uses molecular biology to study problems in ecology, evolution and conservation. By using the most modern genetic and genomic tools available, he aims to describe the pathways of zebra mussel spread in Minnesota and to develop early detection methods that target zebra mussel veliger larvae. The goal of his research is to help AIS managers around the state direct their efforts towards areas of the highest risk of invasion.
AIS Species of Study
Select AIS publications
- McCartney, M., & Mallez, S. (2018). The role of waterway connections and downstream drift of veliger larvae in the expanding invasion of inland lakes by zebra mussels in Minnesota, USA. Aquatic Invasions, 13.
- Mallez, S., & McCartney, M. (2018). Dispersal mechanisms for zebra mussels: population genetics supports clustered invasions over spread from hub lakes in Minnesota. Biological Invasions, 1–24.
- Keegan Lund, Kylie Bloodsworth Cattoor, Eric Fieldseth, Jill Sweet & Michael A. McCartney (2017): Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) eradication efforts in Christmas Lake, Minnesota, Lake and Reservoir Management, DOI: 10.1080/10402381.2017.1360417
- Escobar, L. E., S. Mallez, M. McCartney, C. Lee, D. P. Zielinski, R. Ghosal, P. G. Bajer, C. Wagner, B. Nash, M. Tomamichel, P. Venturelli, P. P. Mathai, A. Kokotovich, J. Escobar-Dodero, N. B. D. Phelps. 2017. Aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes region: An overview. Reviews in Fisheries Science and Aquaculture 26:1 121-138.