Robert C. Anderson
Professor of Biology
Assistant Dean of Faculty Development


B.S., Michigan State University Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
Ph.D., Michigan State University Fisheries Biology

Research Interests

I enjoy studying lakes, streams and coral reef communities. Each summer I SCUBA with students monitoring the coral reef in Grenada. In addition we sample fish, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and plants in freshwater lakes and streams in Wisconsin. In past years we have tracked muskies on Pewaukee Lake using radio tags to figure out their home range size and their movement patterns during spring, summer and fall.


Students in Ecology and Principles of Biology 1 investigate local streams and lakes during fall semester to help resource managers understand these environments. In spring students join me in a journey through vertebrate and invertebrate zoology with field trips to the Milwaukee County Zoo and Museum.

This winter, students and I will travel to Discovery Bay, Jamaica, for a Marine Ecology course to explore the coral reef, turtle grass beds, rocky shore and mangrove swamp. WLC and Martin Luther College students join together for this lab science course that is open to all disciplines. View a feature video of Jamaica.

Jamaica group research photo


Grenada Marine Biology Research
Tourism is one of the primary sources of revenue for the island nation of Grenada. A major aspect of tourism is the highly diverse marine life found in the clear near shore waters. Students and faculty from Wisconsin Lutheran College study with Dr. Clare Morrall, Marine Biologist, St. Georges University (SGU) in establishing a biological monitoring project in the Marine Protected Area of the southwest shore of Grenada.

Grenada research group photo

Lake Michigan Research
WLC students are engaged in a two-year study with EA Engineering at the We Energies Port Washington Electrical Generating Station. Students are helping to evaluate the effectiveness of a porous rock barrier at keeping fish away from the water intake structure. Students also perform SCUBA inspections and record underwater video of the rock barrier in Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan research photo

Inland Lake Research
WLC students and faculty team with Barr Engineering to sample aquatic plant populations in Wisconsin's Lakes. Of particular interest are the invasive species Eurasian Water Milfoil that forces out native plants. WLC students investigate many aspects of Pewaukee Lake in collaboration with the Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District. Fish, zooplankton, macroinvertebrates and plants are sampled to monitor the health of this lake which is only 20 minutes from campus.

Inland Lake research photo


American Fisheries Society
North American Lake Management Society
North American Benthological Society

Published Papers

Zappa, Allison and Robert C. Anderson. 2007. Southeast Wisconsin's Pewaukee Lake Aquatic Plant Survey 2006. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Biology Dept., Technical Bulletin 011, February 2007

Bondow, Benjamin, William Hudzinski, Matthew Kehl, and Robert C. Anderson. 2006. Minnow and Small Fish Assemblages of Pewaukee Lake, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Biology Dept. Technical Bulletin 09, December 2006

Iwen, Pamela and Robert C. Anderson. 2005. Southeast Wisconsin's Pewaukee Lake Aquatic Plant Survey 2004. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Biology Dept., Technical Bulletin 006.

Ortenblad, Angela L., David A Bolha, and Robert C. Anderson. 2003. Sustainability Through Biological Monitoring on the Root River Racine, Wis. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Biology Dept., Technical Bulletin 004.

Boehlke, Paul and Robert C. Anderson. 2001. Use of Technology in Field and Laboratory Learning Experiences in the Biological Sciences. Selected Papers from the Best Practices Conference Ameritech Faculty Technology Development Program Best Practices State Conference May 21, 2001

Schmoldt, Angela L. and Robert C. Anderson. 2001. Southeast Wisconsin's Pewaukee Lake Biological Evaluation 2000 Wisconsin Lutheran College, Biology Dept. Technical Bulletin 002, May 2001.

Anderson, Robert C. 2001. Southeast Wisconsin's Menomonee River and Oak Creek Biological Evaluation 1999-2000. Wisconsin Lutheran College, Biology Dept. Technical Bulletin 001 January 2001.

Anderson, Robert C. 1996. Celebrate Earth Day. Lutheran Parent, March/April 1996.

Anderson, Robert C. 1984. Temporal, Spatial and Feeding Relationships of Various Life Stages of Fish Utilizing Lake Michigan's East Central Shoreline Waters near Ludington, Mich. PhD Dissertation, Michigan State University.

Brazo, Dan C., Charles R. Liston, and Robert C. Anderson. 1978. Biology of Longnose Dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) in the Nearshore Waters East Central Lake Michigan near Ludington, Mich. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 107(4) 550 556.

Armstrong, John W., Charles R. Liston, Peter I. Tack, and Robert C. Anderson. 1977. Age, Growth, Maturity, and Seasonal Food Habits of Round Whitefish, Prosopium cylindraceum (Pallas) in Lake Michigan Near Ludington, Mich. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 106(2) 151 155.

Anderson, Robert C. and Dan C. Brazo. 1977. Abundance, Feeding Habits and Degree of Segregation of the Spottail Shiner (Notropis hudsonius) and Longnose Dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) in a Lake Michigan Surge Zone near Ludington, Mich. Michigan Academician 10(3) 337 346.

Anderson, Robert C. 1974. Moth Defoliates Michigan Counties. Michigan Farm News 53(5) 9.


Biological Monitoring of the Upper Menomonee River. Robert C. Anderson, Invited Speaker, Badger Fisherman, Menomonee Falls, Wis., July 2008

Use of Video Imaging for Coral Reef Monitoring in the Marine Protected Waters of Grenada. Robert C. Anderson, Invited Speaker for Urban Ecology Center Summer Lecture Series, July 2008. Milwaukee, Wis.

Follow up Evaluation of 2,4-D Treatment of Northern Watermilfoil X Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum sibiricum x spicatum) Hybrid in Oconomowoc Lake, Waukesha County, Wis., November 2007, North American Lake Management International Symposium.

Species composition of fish 316(b) collected in impoimngement at We Energies' Valley Power Plant as an indicator of habitat improvement of the Lower Milwaukee River. D. Rogers, D. Michaud, R. Anderson, J. Krause, B. Hudzinski, K. Berg, A. Kroken, M. Oberback, K. Haley, M. Lesperance, and K. Tess, November 2007, SETAC North America 28th Annual Meeting.

Evaluation of 2,4-D Treatment of Native X Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum) Hybrid in Oconomowoc Lake, Waukesha County, Wis., November 2005, North American Lake Management International Symposium.

Southeast Wisconsin's Pewaukee Lake Aquatic Plant Survey 2004. November 2004, Annual International Meeting of the North American Lake Management Society, Victoria British Columbia, Canada.

Technology Enhanced Learning Mentors (TEAM) – Sharing Technology Based Learning Tools, May 2003, SBC/WFIC Best Practices Conference, Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wis.

Assessing Student Technology Competency - A Work In Progress, August 2002, Technology Learning Mentors Institute, Carroll College, Waukesha, Wis.

Ecosystems and Web Pages as Tools for Problem Based Learning, June 2002, Problem Based Learning International Conference, Baltimore, Md.

Multimetric Biotic Indices Using In-stream and Regional References, August 2001, National Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Phoenix, Ariz.

Muskellunge Movement in a Southeastern Wisconsin Lake. December 2000 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Minneapolis, Minn.

Collaborative River Monitoring as Part of an Undergraduate Biology Curriculum. August 1997, National Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Monterey, Calif.

Environmental Impact Assessment as a Teaching Tool. 1994. Wisconsin Environmental Association Conference, Pewaukee, Wis.