Dr. Allen Mensinger



Dr. Allen Mensinger is a Professor in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at University of Minnesota Duluth. His research is focused on neural mechanisms of behavior. Specifically, how fish detect, integrate, and respond to external cues in the environment. He and his team have developed an implantable electrode and telemetry system to record physiological signals from free swimming fish. He also has been investigating the potential of acoustic deterrents to be used against invasive bigheaded carp. Dr. Allen Mensinger and his lab are interested in how fish detect, integrate and respond to external cues. Their goal is to understand and exploit fish sensory systems to develop environmentally friendly and cost effective deterrents to invasive fishes. 



  • B.S. Biology, Duke University
  • Ph.D. Aquatic Biology, UC Santa Barbara
  • Post Doc Neuroscience, University of Washington, St. Louis

Current project


  • Exploring the soundscape of small freshwater lakes. Ecological Informatics, 2020
  • Acoustic deterrents to manage fish populations. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 2019
  • The effect of light stimuli on dark-adapted visual sensitivity in invasive silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix and bighead carp H. nobilis. Journal of Fish Biology, 2019
  • Impacts of broadband sound on silver (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead (H. nobilis) carp hearing thresholds determined using auditory evoked potential audiometry. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry, 2019
  • Reexamining the frequency range of hearing in silver (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead (H. nobilis) carp. Plos One, 2018
  • Potential implications of acoustic stimuli as a non-physical barrier to silver carp and bighead carp. Fisheries Management and Ecology, 2017
  • Characterization and management implications of silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) jumping behavior in response to motorized watercraft. Management of Biological Invasions, 2017
  • Management implications of broadband sound in modulating wild silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) behavior. Management of Biological Invasions, 2017
  • Acoustic deterrence of bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) to a broadband sound stimulus. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2017
  • Interspecific competition between the round goby, Neogobius melanostomus, and the logperch, Percina caprodes, in the Duluth-Superior Harbour. Ecology of Freshwater Fish, 2017
  • The benthic fish assemblage of the soft-bottom community of the Duluth-Superior Harbor before and after round goby invasion (1989-2011). Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2016
  • Acoustical deterrence of Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix). Biological Invasions, 2015
  • Laboratory experiments demonstrate that bubble curtains can effectively inhibit movement of common carp. Ecological Engineering, 2014
  • Acoustical conditioning and retention in the common carp (Cyprinus carpio). Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2013
  • Temporal patterns in growth and survival of the round goby Neogobius melanostomus over a 13 month period in the Duluth-Superior Harbour. Journal of Fish Biology, 2013
  • Seasonal abundance and movement of the invasive round goby (Neogobius melanostomus) on rocky substrate in the Duluth-Superior Harbor of Lake Superior. Ecology of Freshwater Fishes, 2012
  • Interspecific Resource Competition between the Invasive Round Goby and Three Native Species: Logperch, Slimy Sculpin, and Spoonhead Sculpin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 2009
  • Distribution, abundance, and range expansion of the round goby, Apollonia melanostoma, in the Duluth-Superior Harbor and St. Louis River Estuary, 1998-2004. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 2008