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Mitchell T Zischke

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
765.494.9717
765.496.2422
FORS Room 309
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Program - Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Mitch has a strong interest in fish biology, fisheries science and marine biology. He contributes to teaching and extension programs at Purdue University and the Illinois Indiana Sea Grant. Mitch teaches FNR 201 (Marine Biology) in the fall semester. He also guest lectures in various fish biology, fish ecology and fisheries management courses. Mitch is the academic advisor for the Purdue student chapter of the American Fisheries Society and also advises undergraduate and graduate students in the Fish Ecology Lab.

Mitch has two signature extension programs: 1) Connecting anglers, scientists and managers in Great Lakes fisheries, and 2) Assisting with private landowners in Indiana with pond management. To deliver these programs, Mitch hosts workshops, publishes information booklets, develops websites and works directly with anglers, landowners and other stakeholders. 

Mitch has also had extensive research experience in fisheries science. He has conducted research on fish recruitment and spawning habitat in the Great Lakes. He has also examined the biology and ecology of pelagic fish species such as wahoo, mackerel and tunas, and estuarine species such as blue threadfin. Mitch has conducted socioeconomic research on anglers in marine and freshwater fisheries. He was worked for state and federal fishery management organizations in Australia.

Mitch obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honors) majoring in Tropical Marine Science in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science in 2013, both from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Mitch started at Purdue in August 2014 as a postdoctoral research associate, transitioned to a fisheries scientist position in August 2016 and started as a Clinical Assistant Professor in August 2017.

Selected Awards:

2013: Dean’s commendation for graduate students. The University of Queensland

2013: Best student presentation relating to fisheries. Australian Marine Sciences Association

2011 & 12:  Best student paper. American Tuna Conference

2005: Dean’s commendation for undergraduate students. The University of Queensland

Selected Publications:

Perelman, J.N., Schmidt, K.N., Haro, I., Tibbetts, I.R. and Zischke, M.T. 2017. Feeding dynamics, consumption rates and daily ration of wahoo Acanthocybium solandri in the Indo-Pacific. Journal of Fish Biology 90: 1842-1860.

Zischke, M.T., Bunnell, D.B., Troy, C.D., Berglund, E.K., Caroffino, D.C., Ebener, M.P., He, J.X., Sitar, S.P. and Höök, T.O. 2017. Asynchrony in the inter-annual recruitment of lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis in the Great Lakes region. Journal of Great Lakes Research 43: 359-369.

Teixeira, D., Zischke, M.T. and Webley, J.A.C. 2016. Investigating bias in recreational fishing surveys: fishers listed in public telephone directories fish similarly to their unlisted counterparts. Fisheries Research 181: 127-136.

Zischke, M.T., Litherland, L., Tilyard, B.R., Stratford, N.J., Jones, E.L. and Wang, Y-G. 2016. Otolith morphology of four mackerel species (Scomberomorus spp.) in Australia: Species differentiation and prediction for fisheries monitoring and assessment. Fisheries Research 176: 39-47.

Zischke, M.T. and Griffiths, S.P. 2015. Per-recruit stock assessment of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) in the southwest Pacific Ocean. Fishery Bulletin 113: 407-418.

Zischke, M.T. and Griffiths, S.P. 2014. Time-location sampling with capture-recapture to assess specialized recreational fisheries. Fisheries Research 157: 136-146.

Griffiths, S.P., Zischke, M.T., Tonks, M.L., Pepperell, J.G. and Tickell, S. 2013. Efficacy of novel sampling approaches for surveying specialized recreational fisheries. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 23: 395-413.

Zischke, M.T., Farley, J.H., Griffiths, S.P. and Tibbetts, I.R. 2013. Reproductive biology of wahoo, Acanthocybium solandri, off eastern Australia. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 23: 491-506.

Zischke, M.T., Griffiths, S.P. and Tibbetts, I.R. 2013. Rapid growth of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) in the Coral Sea, based on length-at-age estimates using annual and daily increments on sagittal otoliths. ICES Journal of Marine Science 70: 1128-1139.

Zischke, M.T., Griffiths, S.P., Tibbetts, I.R. and Lester, R.J.G. 2013. Stock identification of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) in the Pacific and Indian Oceans using morphometrics and parasites. ICES Journal of Marine Science 70: 164-172.

Zischke, M.T., Griffiths, S.P. and Tibbetts, I.R. 2012. Catch and effort from a specialized recreational pelagic sport fishery off eastern Australia. Fisheries Research 127-128: 61-72.

Zischke, M.T. 2012. A review of the biology, stock structure, fisheries and status of wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri), with reference to the Pacific Ocean. Fisheries Research 119-120, 13-22.

Zischke, M.T., Cribb, T.H., Welch, D.J., Sawynok, W. and Lester, R.J.G. 2009. Stock structure of blue threadfin Eleutheronema tetradactylum on the Queensland east-coast, as determined by parasites and conventional tagging. Journal of Fish Biology 75, 156-171.

Awards & Honors

(2018) Seed for Success Award. Purdue University.

(2013) Dean's Award for Research Higher Degree Excellence. The University of Queensland.

(2005) Dean's Commendation for High Achievement. The University of Queensland.

(2005) Countrywide Marine Science Prize. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Selected Publications

Zischke, M. T., Bunnell, D. B., Troy, C. D., Berglund, E. K., Caroffino, D. C., Ebener, M. P., . . . Hook, T. O. (2017). Asynchrony in the inter-annual recruitment of lake whitefish Coregonus clupeaformis in the Great Lakes region. JOURNAL OF GREAT LAKES RESEARCH, 43(2), 359-369. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2017.01.007

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