Brandon Gerig


School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 402-206-9525
Address 105H ABNR


  • PhD 2017, University of Notre Dame, Biological Sciences
  • MS 2012, University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
  • BS 2009, Lake Superior State University, Fisheries and Wildlife Management


Gerig is an ecologist for the National Park Service. His responsibilities include coordinating the Great Rivers Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit headquartered at the University of Missouri. In addition, Gerig serves as a science advisor to parks in the Midwest region on a diversity of aquatic related management issues including representing NPS interests on the Missouri River Recovery and Implementation Committee (MRRIC). Previously, he served as an associate professor teaching and conducting research on a diversity of applied aquatic and fisheries issues in the Upper Great Lakes and as fish biologist working with threatened and endangered fish in the Upper Colorado River basin.

Selected Publications 

Turschak, Benjamin, Charles R. Bronte, Sergiusz Czesny, Brandon Gerig, Austin Happel, Tomas O. Höök, Matthew S. Kornis et al. “Temporal variation in the niche partitioning of Lake Michigan salmonines as it relates to alewife abundance and size structure.” Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 79, no. 3 (2022): 487-502.

Whitinger, John A., Troy G. Zorn, and Brandon S. Gerig. “Stable isotopes and movement of Walleye change following ecological shifts driven by dreissenid mussels.” North American Journal of Fisheries Management 42, no. 3 (2022): 572-584.

Gerig, Brandon S., Dominic T. Chaloner, David J. Janetski, Richard R. Rediske, James P. O’Keefe, Ashley H. Moerke, and Gary A. Lamberti. “Congener patterns of persistent organic pollutants establish the extent of contaminant biotransport by Pacific salmon in the Great Lakes.” Environmental Science & Technology 50, no. 2 (2016): 554-563.

Gerig, Brandon S., Dominic T. Chaloner, David J. Janetski, Ashley H. Moerke, Richard R. Rediske, James P. O’Keefe, Dilkushi A. de Alwis Pitts, and Gary A. Lamberti. “Environmental context and contaminant biotransport by Pacific salmon interact to mediate the bioaccumulation of contaminants by stream‐resident fish.” Journal of Applied Ecology 55, no. 4 (2018): 1846-1859.

Dodrill, Michael J., Charles B. Yackulic, Brandon Gerig, William E. Pine III, Josh Korman, and Colton Finch. “Do management actions to restore rare habitat benefit native fish conservation? Distribution of juvenile native fish among shoreline habitats of the Colorado River.” River Research and Applications 31, no. 10 (2015): 1203-1217.

Gerig, Brandon, Ashley Moerke, Roger Greil, and Scott Koproski. “Movement patterns and habitat characteristics of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in the St. Marys River, Michigan, 2007–2008.” Journal of Great Lakes Research 37 (2011): 54-60.