I would like to thank my graduate advisor, Dr. Laurel Phoenix at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. Dr. Phoenix is inspiring, passionate and committed to the field of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her continued guidance assisted me through the course of my graduate program. She inspired me to go above and beyond throughout all aspects of my program. Thank you, Dr. Phoenix, for your dedication, encouragement and pushing me to do my best work!
I would like to thank my graduate committee members Dr. Cari-Ann Hayer at United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Dr. Patrick Forsythe at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. I cannot begin to express my gratitude and appreciation for your mentorship and encouragement throughout this research experience. Without your support, involvement and continued encouragement, my graduate research and career would have taken a different path. Thank you for modeling strong leadership, dedication, and unconditional support!
I would like to acknowledge my United States Fish and Wildlife Service mentor, Ms. Marian Shaffer. I’m truly grateful for your valuable advice, enthusiastic counsel, and experience during my larval fish research.
With the construction of my educational website, I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Rodney Mushero. Without his Software Developer skills, my graduate project would not be as professional and community-friendly. Thank you for all your time and support. Rodney, I hope you know how much your help and time meant to me. I truly can’t thank you enough!
The new design for the Logo for Lake Michigan’s Aquatic Invasive Species comes from the mind of Ms. Katie Vogel. Your expertise in creativity and graphic design led to an amazing logo that other agencies and communities can use for future generations. Thank you for your time, support, and suggestions.
My graduate project could have not been finalized if it was not for the assistance of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, UW – Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, EPRI, Dr. Auer’s Research, United States Geological Survey, Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc., and Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources. I am grateful to USFWS for allowing me to conduct my graduate research at their facility. In addition, I would like to thank Mr. Ted Treska, Ms. Shannon Cressman, Mr. Anthony Rieth, Mr. Bradley Smith, Mr. Brandon Harris, Mr. Matthew Petasek, Mr. Joel Wils, Mr. Tyler Harris, and Mr. Dalton Hendricks for allowing me to work beside them and learn how to properly understand fish ecology and research techniques. Thank you, UW – Sea Grant, especially Mr. John Lyons & Mr. Timothy Campbell, for reviewing my fish species descriptions and allowing me to use your adult species photos. I would like to extend my gratitude to the DNR, USGS, and SEWISC for providing me with resources on invasive species and photo rights. This research was made possible by grants from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. I would like to finally thank EPRI and Dr. Auer for their assistance and access to their online larval fish ID database and past research.
I want to express my overwhelming gratitude to my parents (Stan & Jo Dziewa), my brother (Jacob Dziewa), and my girlfriend (Ms. Sarah Reis) for providing me long-term support, continued advice, encouragement, and love throughout my graduate career. This accomplishment would not have been possible without any of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Adam J. Dziewa