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Lydia Wassink

Lydia  Wassink
  • Academic Specialist
  • Biology


  • LB 144


As an Academic Specialist in Lyman Briggs, I teach Organismal Biology (LB 144). My favorite part of being a scientist is igniting a sense of discovery. In the classroom, my goal is to give students the tools to explore the natural world through hands-on experience applying the scientific method. My approach to teaching revolves around active learning strategies, inclusivity, and evidence-based inquiry. My research is in behavioral ecology, with a focus on how environmental stressors influences behavioral and physiological phenotypes that are important for survival of threatened wildlife. I use lake sturgeon, a threatened Great Lakes fish, as a model system and apply findings to informing conservation efforts. I am fascinated by the complex interactions between environment and phenotype, and seek to pass on that fascination to my students. I am also involved in research on implementation of anti-racist, feminist pedagogy in STEM classrooms. I am committed to helping students understand the real-life context of science, including how science intersects with important societal issues.


  • Ph.D. (dual) in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology, Michigan State University


  • Wassink, L., Huerta, B., Li, W., & Scribner, K. (2020). Interaction of egg cortisol and offspring experience influences stress-related behaviour and physiology in lake sturgeon. Animal Behaviour, 161, 49-59.
  • Wassink, L., Bussy, U., Li, W., & Scribner, K. (2019). High-stress rearing temperature in Acipenser fulvescens affects physiology, behaviour and predation rates. Animal Behaviour, 157, 153-165.
  • Wassink L., Huerta B., Li W., Scribner K. Hatchery and wild larval lake sturgeon experience effects of captivity on stress reactivity, behavior, and predation risk. (in review)