Mark H Olson Professor of Biology

Evolution; Ecology; Sustainability


B.Sc. University of Alberta (Zoology)
Ph.D. Michigan State University (Zoology)


Select Publications

*Asterisks indicate undergraduate co-author

Olson MH. 1992. Intuition and the Logistic Equation. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 7(9):314.

Osenberg CW, MH Olson and GG Mittelbach. 1994. Stage structure in fishes: resource productivity and competition gradients. Pages 151-170 in: DJ Stouder, KL Fresh and RJ Feller (eds.). Theory and application in fish feeding ecology. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC, USA.

Olson MH, GG Mittelbach and CW Osenberg. 1995. Competition between predator and prey: resource-based mechanisms and implications for stage-structured dynamics Ecology 76(6): 1758-1771.

Carpenter SR, P Cunningham, S Gafny, A Munoz-del-Rio, M Olson, N Nibbelink, T Pellett, C Storlie and A Trebitz. 1995. Fish response to habitat manipulations: power to detect effects. North American Journal of Fish Management 15(3): 519-527.

Olson MH. 1996. Ontogenetic niche shifts in largemouth bass: variability and consequences for first year growth. Ecology 77(1): 179-190.

Olson MH. 1996. Predator-prey interactions in size-structured fish communities: implications of prey growth. Oecologia 108(4):757-763.

Olson MH, SR Carpenter, P Cunningham, S Gafny, BR Herwig, NP Nibbelink, T Pellett, C Storlie, AS Trebitz and KA Wilson. 1998. Managing macrophytes to improve fish growth: a multi-lake experiment. Fisheries 23(2): 6-12.

Carpenter SR, M Olson, P Cunningham, S Gafny, N Nibbelink, T Pellett, C Storlie, A Trebitz and K Wilson. 1998. Macrophyte structure and growth of bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus): design of a multi-lake experiment. Pages 217-226 in E Jeppesen, Ma Søndergaard, Mo Søndergaard, and K Christoffersen, editors. The structuring role of submerged macrophytes in lakes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

Post DM JF Kitchell, JP Taylor, MH Olson and DE Shindler. 1998. Nutrient cycling at the landscape scale: an evaluation of the role of birds at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Conservation Biology 12(4):910-920.

Olson MH. 1998. Questions and answers at the interface of basic and applied ecology. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 13(11):469.

Brooking TE, LG Rudstam, MH Olson and AJ VanDeValk. 1998. Size-dependent predation by alewife on walleye fry. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 18:960-965.

Kitchell JF, DE Schindler, BR Herwig, DM Post, MH Olson and M Oldham. 1999. Nutrient cycling at the landscape scale: the role of diel foraging migrations by geese at the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge. Limnology and Oceanography 44:828-836.

Olson MH, TE Brooking, DM Green, AJ VanDeValk and LG. Rudstam. 2000. Survival and growth of intensively reared large walleye fingerlings and extensively reared small fingerlings stocked concurrently in small lakes. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 20: 337-348.

Olson MH, DM Green and LG Rudstam. 2001. Changes in yellow perch (Perca flavescens) growth associated with the establishment of a walleye (Stizostedion vitreum) population in Canadarago Lake, New York (USA). Ecology of Freshwater Fish 10: 11-20.

Olson MH, BP Young and KD Blinkoff*. 2003. Mechanisms underlying habitat use of juvenile largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 132:398-405.

Olson MH and BP Young. 2003. Patterns of diet and growth in co-occurring populations of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 132(6):1207-1213.

Olson MH. 2004. Marine fisheries as a general education topic. Fisheries. 29(4): 34-35.

Olson MH, MM Hage*, MD Binkley* and JM Binder. 2005. Spatial and temporal nutrient dynamics in a migratory waterfowl refuge: implications for nutrient limitation. Freshwater Biology 50: 882-890.

Olson MH, MR Colip*, JS Gerlach* and DL Mitchell. 2006. Quantifying UV radiation mortality risk in bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) larvae: effects of nest location. Ecological Applications 16:

Olson MH and DL Mitchell. 2006. Interspecific variation in UV defense mechanisms among temperate freshwater fishes. Photochemistry and Photobiology 82:

Olson MH, RP Jacomb and EB O’Donnell. 2007. Species diversity enhances predator growth rates. Research Letter in Ecology 2007: Article ID 94587.

Olson MH, T Adams-Deutsch*, KJ Cassels*, AE Oliver* and DL Mitchell. 2008. Patterns of ultraviolet radiation exposure in bluegill nests over the courswe of the spawning season. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 137: 1446+1454.

Mitchell DL, T Adams-Deutsch and MH Olson 2009. Dose dependence of photoenzymatic repair in rainbow trout (Onchorhynchus mykiss) larvae. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences 8: 75-81.

Tucker AJ, CE Williamson, KC Rose, JT Oris, SJ Connelly, MH Olson and DL Mitchell. 2010. Ultraviolet radiation affects invasibility of lake ecosystems by warm-water fish. Ecology 91: 882-890.

Leach TH, CE Williamson, N Theodore*, JM Fischer and MH Olson. 2015. The role of ultraviolet radiation in the diel vertical migration of zooplankton: an experimental test of the transparency-regulator hypothesis. Journal of Plankton Research 37: 886-896.

Fischer JM, MH Olson, N Theodore*, CE Williamson, KC Rose and J Hwang*. 2015. Diel vertical migration of copepods in mountain lakes: the changing role of ultraviolet radiation across a transparency gradient.  Limnology and Oceanography 60:252-262.

Sanders RW, SL Cooke, JM Fischer, SB Fey, AW Heinze, WH Jeffrey, AL Macaluso, RE Moeller, DP Morris, PJ Neale, MH Olson, JD Pakulski, JA Porter, DM Schoener and CE Williamson. 2015. Shifts in microbial food web structure and productivity after additions of naturally occurring dissolved organic matter: results from large-scale lacustrine mesocosms. Limnology and Oceanography 60: 2130-2144.

Course Information

FND 111T. Sustainability and the Sea
BIO 101. Evolution, Ecology, and Heredity
BIO 210. Biostatistics
BIO 323. Ecological Concepts and Applications