Mike Wiley, Ph.D.


Ph.D. Natural Resources, 1980, University of Michigan

M.S. Resource Ecology, 1976, University of Michigan

B.G.S. General Studies, 1973, University of Michigan

Teaching involves various aspects of aquatic  ecology. Research interests include ecology of rivers and lakes, watershed management, community dynamics and population regulation, trout stream food webs, behavioral adaptations of aquatic insects, fish-invertebrate interactions, and fisheries management in North America and SE Asia.


PITE Teaching Award 2004
Rooselvelt Professor of Ecosystem Management 2008-2012
Michigan Chapter American Fisheries Society Justin Leonard Award  for professional achievement 2011

Research Interests:
My interests revolve around understanding ecological processes in aquatic systems of all types; and the application ecological knowledge to practical problems of resource management.

  • Watershed management
  • Community dynamics and population regulation
  • Trout stream food webs
  • Modeling complex systems
  • Fisheries management

Current/Recent Research:

  • Modeling-based approaches to ecological asessment and ecosystem management
  • Ecology and restoration of riparian wetlands
  • Comparative ecology of rivers and river food web dynamics
  • Ecology and management of rivers in SE Asia
  • Groundwater influences on river temperature and fish productivity [MDNR]
  • River restoration planning
  • Extent and affects of large-scaleland use and climate change

Teaching Interests:
Aquatic ecology & management, Quantitative Methods

Current/Recent Teaching:
PITE311/EEB320 Rivers, Lakes and Wetlands;  NR520 Fluvial Ecosystems; NR 516 Aquatic Entomology;  NR639 Graduate Seminar on Modeling Riverine Habitat; NR639 Graduate Seminar on Ecological Restoration; NR639 Graduate Seminar on Philosophy of Ecology.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Kurt P. Kowalski, Douglas A. Wilcox , and Michael J. Wiley. 2009. Stimulating a Great Lakes coastal wetland seed bank using portable cofferdams: Implications for habitat rehabilitation. Journal of Great Lakes Research 35(2):206-214. 2009.
  • Zorn, T.G. and M.J. Wiley. 2010. Influence of sampling extent on the relative importance of biotic and abiotic factors in explaining variations in stream fish density.  American Fisheries Society Symposium 73:487–502, 2010. Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Steen, Paul J., Michael J. Wiley, and Jeffrey S. Schaeffer. 2010.Predicting future change in Muskegon River watershed game fish distributions under future land cover alteration and climate change scenarios. Trans. Amer. Fisher. Soc.139:396-412.
  • Wiley M. J., D. W. Hyndman, B. C. Pijanowski, A. D. Kendall, C. Riseng, E. S. Rutherford,  S.T. Cheng, M.L. Carlson, J.A. Tyler,  R.J. Stevenson, P.J. Steen, P.L. Richards, P.W. Seelbach, J.M. Koches & R.R. Rediske. 2010. A Multi-Modeling Approach to Evaluating Climate and Land Use  Change Impacts in a Great Lakes River Basin. Hydrobiologia  657:243–262.
  • Riseng, C.R., M.J. Wiley, B.E. Pijanowski, P.W. Seelbach, and R.J. Stevenson.2010. An ecological assessment of Great Lakes tributaries in the Michigan Peninsulas. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36 (2010) 505–519.
  • Zorn, Troy G. , Seelbach, Paul W. and Wiley, Michael J.  2011. Developing User-Friendly Habitat Suitability Tools from Regional Stream Fish Survey Data, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, 31: 41-55
  • Riseng, C.R., M.J. Wiley, R.W. Black, & M.D. Munn. 2011. Impacts of agricultural land use on biological integrity: a causal analysis. Ecological Applications Ecological Applications, 21(8), 2011, pp. 3128–3146
  • Neeson, T.,  M. Wiley, S. Adlerstein, and R. Riolo.  2011.  River network structure shapes inter-annual feedbacks between adult sea lamprey migration and larval habitation.  Ecological Modelling 222:3182-3193.
  • Neeson, T.,  M.J. Wiley, S. Adlerstein, and R. Riolo.  2012.  How river network structure and habitat availability shape the spatial dynamics of larval sea lampreys. Ecological Modelling. 226: 62-70.
  • Larson, James H., Anett Trebitz, Alan D. Steinman, Michael J. Wiley, Martha Carlson-Mazur, Victoria Pebbles, Heather Braun, Paul Seelbach.. 2013. Great Lakes River mouth Ecosystems: Scientific Synthesis and Management Implications. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39 (2013) 513–524.
  • Carlson-Mazur, Martha L., Michael J. Wiley and Douglas A. Wilcox. 2013
  • Estimating evapotranspiration and groundwater flow from water-table fluctuations for a general wetland scenario. Ecohydrology (2013) DOI: 10.1002/eco.1356.
  • Bhattacharyya, K  &  M.J. Wiley. 2014. Dams, riparian settlement and the threat of climate change: A Case Study of the Damodar River, India, Chapter 5  In: M. Nusser, (Ed.): Large Dams in South Asia, Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research 4, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag.
  • Kurt P. Kowalski, Michael J. Wiley, and Douglas A. Wilcox. 2014. Fish assemblages, connectivity, and habitat rehabilitation in a diked Great Lakes coastal wetland complex. Transac. Amer. Fisheries Society.
  • Esselman,P.,  R.J.Stevenson, F. Lupi, M.J. Wiley and C.R. Riseng. 2015. Landscape mapping and prediction of game fish standing crops- a highly valued ecosystem service of Michigan rivers. N.A. Journal of Fisheries Management. In Press.
  • Solomon R. David, Richard S. Kik , James S. Diana, Edward S. Rutherford, Michael J. Wiley.  2015. Countergradient variation in growth of Spotted Gar Lepisosteus oculatus from core and peripheral populations. Trans. American Fisheries Society. In Press.