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Eriek Hansen

Assistant Professor of Biology

Contact Information

Wubben Hall and Science Center 221B



PhD, University of Wyoming

MS, Utah State University

BS, Utah State University


Eriek S. Hansen, PhD, received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science from Utah State University before going on to earn his PhD from the University of Wyoming. During that time, he taught science classes with students from preschool to college age. He attended the Institute for Inquiry at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, Calif. and has 16 years of experience studying fish ecology with research ranging from physiological experiments to large scale riparian restoration projects. He is an adviser for the Fish and Wildlife Club and teaches General Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Fish Biology and Aquatic Biology.

Selected Publications

Hansen, E. S. 2013. Temporal Variations in Riverine Fish Habitat and the Potential Responses of Fish. Doctor of Philosophy dissertation. University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

Hansen, E. S., and P. Budy. 2011. The potential of passive stream restoration to improve stream and riparian habitat and minimize the impact of disease on fish A short-term assessment. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 30(2)573-588.

Budy, P., G. P. Thiede, P. McHugh, E. S. Hansen, and J. Wood. 2008. Exploring the relative influence of biotic interactions and environmental conditions on the abundance and distribution of exotic brown trout (Salmo trutta) in a high mountain stream. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 17554-566.

Hansen, E. S. 2007. Evaluating the effectiveness of passive stream restoration for improving native fish health and minimizing the impacts of disease. Master's thesis. Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Andersen, M. E., C. J. Keleher, J. E. Rasmussen, E. S. Hansen, P. D. Thompson, D. W. Speas, M. D. Routledge, and T. N. Hedrick 2007. Status of June sucker in Utah Lake and refuges in M. J. Brouder and J. A. Scheurer, editors. Status, distribution, and conservation of native freshwater fishes of western North America a symposium proceedings. American Fisheries Society Symposium 53, Bethesda, Maryland.