I work on a variety of basic and applied questions within aquatic ecology. My primary focus is currently on the influence of biophysical and anthropogenic factors on ecosystem dynamics in the Great Lakes. This includes ongoing projects exploring 1) harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in Lake Erie, 2) early life history and recruitment dynamics of fish, and 3) ecosystem trends and their drivers using long-term monitoring data (integrated ecosystem assessment). I also am interested in the role of predator-induced phenotypic plasticity and chemical communication in aquatic ecosystems. I believe in using a variety of empirical, modeling, and statistical approaches across subdisciplines to gain a strong mechanistic understanding of ecosystems, so most of my research is collaborative.
- Dippold, D.A., N. Aloysius, S.C. Keitzer, H. Yen, J.G. Arnold, P. Daggupati, M.E. Fraker, J.F. Martin, D.M. Robertson, S.P. Sowa, M.-V.V. Johnson, M.J. White and SA. Ludsin. 2020. Forecasting the combined effects of anticipated climate change and agricultural
conservation practices on fish recruitment dynamics in Lake Erie. Freshwater Biology. 65:1487-1508. (DOI:10.1111/fwb.13515). [Altmetric Score]
- Fraker, M.E., S.C. Keitzer, J.S. Sinclair, N.R. Aloysius, D.A. Dippold, H. Yen, J.G. Arnold, P. Daggupati, M.-V.V. Johnson, J.F. Martin, D.M. Robertson, S.P. Sowa, M.J. White and S.A. Ludsin. 2020. Projecting the effects of agricultural conservation practices on stream fish communities in a changing climate. Science of the Total Environment. 747:141112. (DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.141112). [Altmetric Score]
- Brown, T., M.E. Fraker and S.A. Ludsin. 2018. Space use of predatory larval dragonflies and tadpole prey in response to chemical cues. American Midland Naturalist. 181:53-63. (DOI:10.1674/0003-0031-181.1.53).
- DeVanna Fussell, K.M., R.E.H. Smith, M.E. Fraker, and 17 co-authors. 2016. A perspective on needed research, modeling, and management approaches that can enhance Great Lakes fisheries management under changing ecosystem conditions. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42:742-753. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2016.04.007). [Altmetric Score].
- Brodnik, R.*, M.E. Fraker*, E.J. Anderson, L. Carreon-Martinez, K.M. DeVanna, B.J. Fryer, D.D. Heath, J.M. Reichert and S.A. Ludsin. 2016. Combining microsatellite data with dispersal trajectories of larvae reveals novel stock structure and demographically-important population connectivity in a freshwater fish. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 73:416-426. *co-first authors. (DOI:10.1139/cjfas-2015-0161). [Altmetric Score].
- DuFour, M.R., C.J. May, E.F. Roseman, S.A. Ludsin, C.S. Vandergoot, J.J. Pritt, M.E. Fraker, J.J. Davis, J.T. Tyson, J.G. Miner, E.A. Marschall and C.M. Mayer. 2015. Portfolio theory as a management tool to guide conservation and restoration of multi-stock fish populations. Ecosphere. (DOI:10.1890/ES15-00237.1). [Altmetric Score].
- Fraker, M.E., E.J. Anderson, K.-Y. Chen, J.J. Davis, K.M. DeVanna, M.R. DuFour, E.A. Marschall, C.J. May, C.M. Mayer, J.G. Miner, K.L. Pangle, J.J. Pritt, E.F. Roseman, J.T. Tyson, Y. Zhao and S.A. Ludsin. 2015. Variation in larval advection and early life history of Lake Erie walleye (Sander vitreus): insights from an individual-based biophysical model. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 41:830-845. (DOI:10.1016/j.jglr.2015.04.008). [Altmetric Score].
- Fraker, M.E., E.J. Anderson, R. Brodnik, L. Carreon-Martinez, K.M. DeVanna, B.J. Fryer, D.D. Heath, J.M. Reichert and S.A. Ludsin. 2014. Particle backtracking improves breeding subpopulation discrimination and natal-source identification in mixed populations. PLoS ONE. (DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0120752).
- Fraker, M.E. and B. Luttbeg. 2012. A spatially explicit model of predator-prey space games. Oikos. 121:1935-1944. (DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20496.x). [Altmetric Score].
- Fraker, M.E. and B. Luttbeg. 2012. Predator-prey space use and the spatial distribution of predation events. Behaviour. 149:555-574.(DOI:10.1163/156853912X645087).
Fraker, M.E. 2010. Risk perception and anti-predator behavior of wood frog (Rana sylvatica) tadpoles:a comparison with green frog (Rana clamitans) tadpoles. Journal of Herpetology. 44:390-398. (DOI:10.1670/09-033.1).
Fraker, M.E., V. Cuddapah, S.A. McCollum, R.A. Relyea, J. Hempel and R.J. Denver. 2009. The behavioral and endocrine stress response of tadpoles to a chemical cue of predation secreted by conspecifics. Hormones and Behavior. 55:520-529. (DOI:10.1016/j.yhbeh.2009.01.007).
Fraker, M.E. 2009. Predation risk assessment through chemical cues produced by multiple prey. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 63:1397-1402. (DOI:10.1007/s00265-009-0822-6).
Fraker, M.E. 2009. The effect of prior experience on a prey’s current perceived risk. Oecologia. 158:765-774. (DOI:10.1007%2Fs00442-008-1185-9).
Fraker, M.E. 2009. The perceptual ability of tadpoles limits the accuracy of their predation risk assessment. Behaviour. 146:1025-1036. (DOI:10.1163/156853909X404439).
Fraker, M.E. 2008. The influence of the circadian rhythm of green frog (Rana clamitans) tadpoles on their antipredator behavior and the strength of the nonlethal effects of predators. American Naturalist. 171:545-552.(DOI:10.1086/528961).
Fraker, M.E. 2008. The effect of hunger on the strength and duration of the anti-predator behavioral response of green frog (Rana clamitans) tadpoles. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. 62:1201-1205. (DOI:10.1007/s00265-008-0549-9).
Fraker, M.E. and S.D. Peacor. 2008. Statistical tests for biological interactions: a comparison of permutation tests and analysis of variance. Acta Oecologia. 33:66-72. (DOI:10.1016/j.actao.2007.09.001).
Fraker, M.E. 2008. The dynamics of predation risk assessment: responses of anuran larvae to chemical cues of predators. Journal of Animal Ecology. 77:638-645. (DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01386.x).
Fraker, M.E., J.W. Snodgrass and F. Morgan. 2002. Differences in growth and maturation of blacknose dace (Rhinichthys atratulus) across an urban-rural gradient. Copeia. (4):1122-1127. (DOI:10.1643/0045-8511(2002)002[1122:DIGAMO]2.0.CO;2).
- Great Lakes ecology, including impacts of anthropogenic stressors
- Aquatic community ecology, including nonconsumptive effects of predators and chemical ecology
- Larval fish biology
- Biophysical and individual-based modeling
- Multivariate analysis of long-term datasets
Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan (2007)
A.B. Biology, University of Chicago (2001)