Dr. Trevor Krabbenhoft joined UB in January 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research is focused on how fish respond to environmental change, including climate change, non-native species, contaminants, and overfishing. His central aim is to understand what fish can tell us about aquatic ecosystem health and help us key in on emerging issues.
As a member of the RENEW Freshwater Coastal Ecosystems Focus area, Dr. Krabbenhoft’s research involves testing conceptual hypotheses and addressing applied issues related to aquatic systems. Much of his research involves the use of functional genomics and bioinformatics to address these questions at a mechanistic level, with the aim of refining predictions for future environmental change scenarios. This research has important management and conservation implications both locally for Great Lakes and more broadly for aquatic ecosystems in general.
This work relies heavily on interdisciplinary collaborations with other water-focused researchers locally at the University at Buffalo through the RENEW Institute, as well as globally with colleagues around the world.
Dr. Krabbenhoft teaches classes in ecology, evolution, and genetics at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Krabbenhoft received a B.S. in Zoology from North Dakota State University and an M.S. from the University of South Carolina. From there, he moved to the University of New Mexico where he received a Ph.D. on the reproductive timing and functional genomics of desert fishes. He has since conducted postdoctoral research at the University of New Mexico, Texas A&M University, and Wayne State University, focusing on ecological and population genomics of imperiled fishes, including in the Great Lakes. An emerging theme from his research is that many of the issues that plague arid-land rivers also affect the water-rich Great Lakes basin, despite being at opposite ends of the water-availability spectrum. This observation suggests the global relevance of these issues in a changing world.