Dr. Alan Christian

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Aquatic Ecologist

Fisheries Advisor



Office Phone: 870-972-3296

Office: LSE 412

BS - 1992 - Biology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI

MS - 1995 - Biology, Arkansas State University, State University, AR

PhD - 2002 - Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, OH

• Food web structure

• Freshwater mussel assemblages

• Fish Communities

• Nutrient cycling

My research includes the influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the distribution, food web structure, and ecosystem processing of aquatic organisms including hellbenders, freshwater mussels and fish. I currently use freshwater mussel assemblages as target organisms for investigations due to their large biomass, longevity, and sessile lifestyle. My research interest in the role of freshwater mussel communities in aquatic systems includes distribution, food resources/food webs, and nutrient recycling. Additional interests include projecting the role of freshwater mussels and fish in low order streams into larger stream systems.