Amanda Rosenberger, Ph.D.

Amanda Rosenberger, Ph.D.

Associate Cooperative Professor


  • Ph.D., 2003, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Research Summary

  • Rosenberger's research interests are in the ecology and conservation of freshwater species, including fish, crayfish, and mussels, with an emphasis on the role of ecological processes in shaping aquatic species' distributions, population characteristics, and community structure. Conservation problems are best addressed at multiple scales; therefore, she is interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of these patterns at both local and landscape scales. She is particularly interested in investigating mechanistic relationships between aquatic organisms and physical and biotic features of the environment and how human intervention, nonnative species, and climate change can alter those relationships. Underlying all of the research she has pursued is a strong drive to inform management decision-making geared towards conservation of threatened aquatic populations.

Research Specialties

  • Fish habitat modeling, landscape ecology, community ecology, threatened and endangered species, sampling and sampling validation, effects of disturbance (natural and human-caused) on aquatic species and ecosystem processes.

Selected Publications

  • Laske, S.M., A.E. Rosenberger, W.J. Kane, M.S. Wipfli, and C.E. Zimmerman. 2017. Top-down control of invertebrates by Ninespine Stickleback in Arctic ponds. Freshwater Biology DOI: 10.1086/690675.
  • DiStefano, R.J., J.T. Westhoff, C.W. Ames, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2016. Life history of the vulnerable endemic crayfish Cambarus (Erebicambarus) maculatus (Decapoda: Cambaridae) in Missouri, USA. Journal of Crustacean Biology 36:615-627.
  • Westhoff, J.T. and A.E. Rosenberger. 2016. We have a lot to learn about crayfish and temperature. Crayfish News 38:4.
  • Neuswanger, J., M.S. Wipfli, A.E. Rosenberger, and N. Hughes. 2016. Measuring fish and their physical habitats: Versatile 2D and 3D video techniques with user-friendly software. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 73:1-13.
  • Westhoff, J. and A.E. Rosenberger. 2016. A global review of freshwater crayfish temperature tolerance, preference, and optimal growth. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 26:329-349.
  • Laske, S.M., T. B. Haynes, A.E. Rosenberger, J.C. Koch, M.S. Wipfli, and C.E. Zimmerman. 2016. Surface water connectivity structures Arctic lake fish assemblages: Influence of local and regional drivers. Freshwater Biology 61:1090-1104.
  • Haynes, T., J. Schmutz, J.F. Bromaghin, S.J. Iverson, V.M. Padula, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2015. Diet of yellow-billed loons in Arctic lakes during the nesting season inferred from fatty acid analysis. Polar Biology 38:1239-1247.
  • Neuswanger, J., M.S. Wipfli, M. Evenson, N. Hughes, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2015. High summer stream discharge strongly correlates with low productivity of stream-type Chinook salmon in two Alaskan rivers in the Yukon drainage. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 1125-1137.
  • Foley, K., A.E. Rosenberger, and F. Mueter. 2015. Effectiveness of low-effort, single-pass backpack electrofisher use for estimation of juvenile coho salmon abundance in Alaskan headwater streams. Fisheries Science 81: 601-610.
  • Rosenberger, A.E., J.B. Dunham, J. Neuswanger, and S. Railsback. 2015. Legacy effects of wildfire on stream thermal regimes and rainbow trout ecology: an integrated analysis of observation and individual-based models. Freshwater Science 34:1571-1584.
  • Neuswanger, J., M. Wipfli, A.E. Rosenberger, and N. Hughes. 2014. (Invited paper). Mechanisms of drift-feeding behavior in juvenile Chinook salmon and the role of inedible debris in a clear water Alaskan stream. Environmental Biology of Fishes 97:489-503.
  • Haynes, T.B., J.A. Schmutz, M.S. Lindberg, K.G. Write, B.D. Uher-Koch, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2014. Occupancy of yellow-billed and Pacific loons: evidence for interspecific competition and habitat-mediated co-occurrence. Journal of Avian Biology 45: 296–304.
  • Haynes, T.B., A.E. Rosenberger, M.S. Lindberg, M. Whitman, and J.A. Schmutz. 2014. Patterns of lake occupancy by fish indicate different adaptations to life in a harsh Arctic environment. Freshwater Biology 59: 1884-1896.
  • Haynes, T.B., J.A. Schmutz, M.S. Lindberg, and A.E. Rosenberger. 2014. Risk of predation and weather events affect nest site selection by sympatric Pacific (Gavia pacifica) and Yellow-billed (Gavia adamsii) loons in Arctic habitats. Waterbirds 37:16-25.
  • Parker, D., J.T. Anderson, C. Rhett Jackson, B. Miller, and A. Rosenberger. 2014. Grand Challenge: Water In Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Board on Natural Resources and Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate, "Science, Education and Outreach Roadmap for Natural Resources," An electronic version of this publication is available here.
  • Hoem Neher, T., A.E. Rosenberger, C.E. Zimmerman, C.M. Walker, and S.J. Baird. 2013. Use of Glacier River-fed Estuary Channels by Juvenile Coho Salmon: Transitional or Rearing Habitats? Environmental Biology of Fishes 97:839-850.
  • Hoem Neher, T.D., A. Rosenberger, C. Zimmerman, C.M. Walker, and S.J. Baird. 2013. Estuarine environments as rearing habitats for juvenile coho salmon in contrasting south-central Alaska watersheds. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142:1481–1494.
  • Haynes, T.B., A.E. Rosenberger, M. Lindberg, M. Whitman, and J. Schmutz. 2013. Method- and species-specific detection probabilities of fish occupancy in Arctic Lakes: Implications for design and management. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70:1055-1062.
  • Wirth, L., A. Rosenberger, A. Prakash, J. Margraf, and T. Hamazaki. 2012. A remote sensing/GIS-based approach to identify and model spawning habitat for fall chum salmon in a sub-arctic, glacially-fed river. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1349-1363.
  • Rosenberger, A.E., J.B. Dunham, M.S. Wipfli, and J.M. Buffington. 2011. Effects of wildfire and channel reorganization on drifting macroinvertebrates and predation by trout in central Idaho streams a decade after disturbance. Northwest Science 85: 55-63.
  • Seitz, A.C., K. Moerlein, M.D. Evans and A.E. Rosenberger. 2011. Ecology of fishes in a high latitude, turbid river with implications for the impacts of hydrokinetic devices. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 21:481-496.
  • Neville, H., A.E. Rosenberger, and J.B. Dunham. 2009. Influences of wildfire, habitat size, and connectivity on trout in headwater streams revealed by patterns of genetic diversity. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 138:1314-1327.
  • Rosenberger, A.E., and J.H. Roberts. 2008. Threatened fishes of the world: Percina rex (Jordan and Evermann 1889)(Percidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 83:439–440.
  • Roberts, J.H., A.E. Rosenberger, B. Albanese, and P.L. Angermeier. 2008. Movement patterns of endangered Roanoke logperch Percina rex. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 17: 374–381
  • Dunham, J.B., A.E. Rosenberger, C.H. Luce, and B.E. Rieman. 2007. Influences of wildfire and channel reorganization on spatial and temporal variation in stream temperature and the distribution of fish and amphibians. Ecosystems 10:335-346.