Amy Schrank

Extension Program Leader (2023); Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator
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Amy Schrank named new MNSG Extension Program Leader (2023)


I am a fish biologist with more than 15 years of experience teaching and conducting research in Great Lakes aquatic ecosystems. My background includes work on trout movement, stream and lake fish ecology, the effects of dam removal on fishes, and how invasive plants impact fish communities in Great Lakes coastal wetlands. In addition to teaching University courses, I have particularly enjoyed my outreach work taking K-12 teachers and students into the field to learn about our Great Lakes water resources, and working on innovative methods of bringing the field indoors when field trips are not possible.

As an extension educator, I will be focused on collaborating with fisheries and aquaculture researchers and stakeholders around Minnesota to provide research support and a bridge to communicate technical information to stakeholders, managers, and the public. Currently I am collaborating with stakeholders and researchers to understand the potential for an environmentally sustainable aquaculture industry within Minnesota and across the Great Lakes region.


Ph.D. - Zoology and Physiology
University of Wyoming
M.S. - Resource Ecology and Management: Aquatic Ecology
University of Michigan
B.S. - Biology and Spanish
University of Michigan

Outreach Projects

The Center for Great Lakes Literacy (CGLL) helps create a Great Lakes-literate public capable of effectively contributing to the environmental, economic and social sustainability of the Great Lakes.

Sea Grant's shipboard science workshops are part of the Center for Great Lakes Literacy and help transform teachers into motivated Great Lakes educators.

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative (GLAC) is a three-year (2019-2022) project to create a regionwide group to foster relevant, science-based initiatives that support aquaculture industries. Credit: L. Angradi.

Winter Dynamics of Invertebrates in Trout Streams of Minnesota and Wisconsin: How Can the Public Connect with and Contribute to Research?

The Minnesota Sea Grant fisheries and aquaculture supply chain project team seeks to identify viable scenarios for the effective processing and distribution of commercial fish and aquaculture products in Minnesota. 

The Aquaculture Market Study is a three-year (2020-2023), $250,000 project led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program that was created to determine the potential for a sustainable food-fish aquaculture industry in Minnesota.

The Students Ask Scientists project is part of the Center for Great Lakes Literacy and helps enable teachers to provide their students in grades five to 12 with an opportunity to ask questions of working scientists, improve their understanding of the Great Lakes, and help them gain insights into what a career in science might be like.

The goal of this project is to determine if small-scale removal of invasive, hybrid cattails can improve abundance and diversity of plants and fish on Minnesota lakeshores. was developed to meet a need to directly connect fish producers with consumers after the disruption of traditional markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Minnesota Sea Grant program and partners are investigating new strategies for producing Golden Shiner fish for Minnesota’s bait industry.

Fish is recognized as a healthy source of protein, beneficial fats, and micronutrients leading the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to recommend that adults eat fish up to three times a week. Americans, however, are eating roughly half the recommended amount of seafood. This deficit could be filled by sustainable aquaculture production, reducing our dependence on dwindling wild fisheries.

Upcoming Events

Featured Stories

Our three-part March Extension Column highlights Minnesota Sea Grant's annual fisheries and aquaculture student award, project presentations and updates.

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Media Mentions

News Releases

The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and the Minnesota Aquaculture Association will host the

Staff from Minnesota Sea Grant Fisheries and Aquaculture Program will be presenting recent and ongoing projects that addres