Amy Schrank

Blond woman with mountains in the background
Professional Title
Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension Educator


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

This project seeks to determine the potential for a sustainable food-fish aquaculture industry in Minnesota.

This project seeks to understand the little known ecological effects of hybrid/narrowleaf cattail on nearshore lake communities across Minnesota.

This project seeks to develop producer-scale methods for raising Yellow Perch fish from egg to market size.

This project seeks to develop scenarios for the effective processing and distribution of aquaculture and commercial fisheries products in Minnesota.

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. was developed to meet a need to directly connect fish producers with consumers after the disruption of traditional markets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This three-year project seeks to demonstrate new strategies for the in-state production of Golden Shiner bait fish, which are in high demand by anglers, bu

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

Upcoming Events

News Releases

This is one of several food-fish aquaculture projects led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program.

Duluth, Minnesota - Great Lakes states are not keeping pace with increases in consumer demand for fish and seafood, which is contributing to a