Emily Dean

Emily Dean

PhD Student

Office Phone: (616) 638-0168


2010 August-April 2014: Grand Valley State University, Allendale
Bachelor of Science, Major: Biology, Minor: Chemistry

2014 August-April 2016: Grand Valley State University, Allendale 

Master of Science in Biology

2016 August: Michigan State University, East Lansing 

Doctor of Philosophy student in Fisheries and Wildlife


I am a native Michigander. Born in Holland and raised in Grand Haven, Coast Guard City, nearly every aspect of my life involved water, from summers on the lake to ice fishing in the winter. I earned my B.S. in biology with a minor in chemistry in 2014  from Grand Valley State University. While completing my undergraduate degree, I became involved in stream ecology research with Dr. Mark Luttenton. This research developed into a Master’s thesis, specifically focusing on energy flow in stream ecosystems. I earned my M.S. from Grand Valley State University in 2016. I am now a part of the Aquatic Landscape Ecology lab under the supervision of Dr. Dana Infante working towards my doctoral degree.

Research Interests:

Fluvial Landscape Ecology
Fish Biology
Stream Ecology
Freshwater Ecology