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Jon Amberg

Jon J. Amberg

Position title: Research Fish Biologist

Phone: 608.781.6322
Fax: 608.783.6066

2008 PhD, Animal Physiology, University of Idaho
2001 MS, Fisheries, Michigan State University
1996 BS, Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Primary Activities:
As a research fish biologist, I work towards addressing the grand challenges in organismal biology, such as: 1) understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying species-specific responses to environmental manipulations, 2) gain physiological insight to predict ecological and environmental change, and 3) understanding the role of an organism in the environment.  I combine highly controlled laboratory experiments with field-based studies to gather information for resource managers.  I incorporate modern molecular techniques (e.g. 454 sequencing and qPCR) with traditional measurements (e.g. growth, bioenergetics, mortality, fecundity, etc.) to better understand the relationships between the environment and the animal.  Therefore, I am a member of several interdisciplinary research teams focused on developing controls for invasive species and effects of contaminants in the Great Lakes Region.  I possess a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Michigan State University in Fisheries as well as a doctorate in Animal Physiology from the University of Idaho.  I spend much of my free time fly-fishing, hiking/backpacking, skiing and snow-shoeing with my wife, Shannon.

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Active Projects:

Select Publications:
Amberg, J.J., Goforth, R., Stefanavage, T., and Sepúlveda, M.S. Accepted. Sex-specific gene expression in the gonad and liver of shovelnose sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus platorynchus). Fish Physiology and Biochemistry.

Sepúlveda, M.S., Goforth, R., Amberg, J.J. 2009. Intersex male sturgeon of the Wabash River. Indiana Wildlife Disease News. 4(2): 2-5.

Chapalamadugu, K.C., Robison, B.D., Drew, R.E., Powell, M.S., Hill, R.A., Amberg, J.J., Rodnick, K.J., Hardy, R.W., Hill, M.L. and Murdoch, G.K. 2009. Dietary carbohydrate level affects transcription factor expression that regulates skeletal muscle myogenesis in rainbow trout. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 153: 66-72.

Amberg, J.J, Myr, C., Kamisaka, Y., Olderbakk Jordal, A.-E., Rust, M.B., Hardy, R.W.,  Koedijk, R., and Rønnestad I. 2008. Prey affects expression of the intestinal oligopeptide transporter, PepT1, in larval Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 150(2): 177-182.

Cook, M.A., Tagal, M., Massee, K.C., Wade, T.L., Amberg, J.J and Rust, M.B. 2006. Rockfish culture in the Pacific Northwest. Global Aquaculture Advocate, 9(2): 56-57.

Nichols, S.J. and Amberg, J. 1999. Co-existence of zebra mussels and freshwater unionids; population dynamics of Leptodea fragilis in a coastal wetland infested with zebra mussels. Canandian Journal of Zoology. 3: 423-432.

Nichols, S.J. and Amberg, J. 1997. Population dynamics of Leptodea fragilis in a zebra mussel-infested Lake Erie wetland. Journal of Shellfish Research. 16(1): 345-346.

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