The College of Life Sciences

Belk, Mark


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4023  LSB
Provo, UT 84602
(801) 422-4154


Curriculum Vitae

  • Ecological Society of America, 1987-Present
 Honors and Awards
  • College of Life Sciences, BYU : Outstanding Research Award
 Courses Taught

Fall 2014
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 003, 026
  • BIO 559R: Adv Topics Ecology & Evolution Section 007
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 002
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 013
Summer 2014
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 013
Spring 2014
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 009
  • BIO 559R: Adv Topics Ecology & Evolution Section 005, 008
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 001
  • BIO 799R: Dissertation Section 006
Winter 2014
  • BIO 220A: Biological Diversity: Animals Section 001
  • BIO 494R: Mentored Research Section 003
  • BIO 652: Evolutionary Ecology Section 001
  • BIO 699R: Master's Thesis Section 002

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Gale BH, Johnson JB, Schaalje GB, Belk MC. Effects of predation environment and food availability on somatic growth in the livebearing fish Brachyrhaphis rhabdophora (Pisces: Poeciliidae). Ecology and Evolution. 2013 Jan;3:326-333. <website>

Wesner JS, Billman EJ, Belk MC. Multiple predators indirectly alter community assembly across ecological boundaries. Ecology. 2012 Jul;93:1674-1682.

Rasmussen JE, Belk MC. Dispersal behavior correlates with personality of a North American fish. Current Zoology. 2012 Apr;58:260-270.

Hassell EM, Meyers PJ, Billman EJ, Rasmussen JE, Belk MC. Ontogeny and sex alter the effect of predation on body shape in a livebearing fish: sexual dimorphism, parallelism, and costs of reproduction. Ecology and Evolution. 2012 Jan;2:1738-1746.

Belk MC, Tuckfield RC. Effect of density on growth and survival of young June sucker. Western North American Naturalist. 2011 Dec;71(4):490-498.

Kreitzer JD, Billman EJ, Belk MC, Rader RB. Growth of young June sucker (Chasmistes liorus) is associated with zooplankton density in Utah Lake. Western North American Naturalist. 2011 Dec;71(4):499-506.

Belk MC, Rader RB, Mills MD. Lake suckers in the western U.S.A.: history, ecology, natural history, and bibliography of an endangered genus. Western North American Naturalist. 2011 Dec;71(4):437-441.

Rasmussen JE, Belk MC, Habit E, Shiozawa DK, Hepworth RD, Anthony A. Variation in size-at-age between native cutthroat and introduced brown trout in allopatry and sympatry: implications for competitive interaction. Aquatic Biology. 2011 Nov;13(3):285-292.

Wesner JS, Billman EJ, Meier A, Belk MC. Morphological convergence during pregnancy among predator and non-predator populations of the livebearing fish Brachyrhaphis rhabdophora (Teleostei: Poecilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 2011 Oct;104(2):386-392.

Belk MC, Nance EE, Johnson JB. Life history of Brachyrhaphis parismina: variation among and within populations. Copeia. 2011 Jul;2011:372-378. <website>

Billman EJ, Tjarks BJ, Belk MC. Effect of predation and habitat quality on growth and reproduction of a stream fish. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 2011 Mar;20(1):102-113.

Rader RB, Belk MC, Hotchkiss RH, Brown J. The stream–lake ecotone: potential habitat for juvenile endangered June suckers (Chasmistes liorus). Western North American Naturalist. 2010 Oct;70(4):553-561. <website>

Habit E, Piedra P, Ruzzante DE, Walde SJ, Belk MC, Cussac VE, Gonzalez J, Colin N. Changes in the distribution of native fishes in response to introduced species and other anthropogenic effects. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 2010 May;19(5):697-710. <website>

Kreitzer JD, Belk MC, Gonzalez DB, Tuckfield RC, Shiozawa DK, Rasmussen JE. Ontogenetic diet shift in the June sucker Chasmistes liorus (Cypriniformes, Catostomidae) in the early juvenile stage. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. 2010 Apr;19(3):433-438. <website>

Belk MC, Tuckfield RC. Changing costs of reproduction: age-based differences in reproductive allocation and escape performance in a livebearing fish. Oikos. 2010 Jan;119(1):163-169. <website>

Effects of elevation and genetic introgression on growth of Colorado River Cutthroat Trout. Western North American Naturalist. 2009 Feb;69:56-62.

Geographic variation in somatic growth of redside shiner. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 2006 Jul;135:801-810.

Response of the fish community to human-induced changes in of the Biobio River in Chile. Freshwater Biology. 2006 Apr;51:1-11.

Conference Proceedings

Monk SK, Wait LE, Hotchkiss RH, Billman E, Belk MC, Stuhff D. Culvert Roughness Elements for Native Utah Fish Passage. Eric D. Loucks, editor. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers; 2012 May.


Wesner JS, Belk MC. Habitat relationships, indicator status, and preliminary stable isotope analysis of northern leatherside chub. Northern Leatherside Chub Conservation Team Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT. 2011 .

Wesner JS, Belk MC. Habitat factors affecting a potential biodiversity indicator species, northern leatherside chub (Lepidomeda copei). North American Benthological Society Annual Meeting. Providence, RI. 2011 .

Belk MC, Wesner JS. Characterization of mouth shape phenotype in the captive brood stock of June sucker, Chasmistes liorus. June Sucker Annual Assessment Meeting. Salt Lake City, Utah. 2011 .

Wesner JS, Belk MC. Aquatic and terrestrial factors affecting a potential biodiversity indicator species, northern leatherside chub (Lepidomeda copei). Coordination Meeting – Utah Division of Wildlife Resources/Brigham Young University. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. 2011 .

Billman EJ, Wesner JS, Belk MC. Aquatic and terrestrial factors affecting northern leatherside chub (Lepidomeda copei) in the Bear River Drainage, WY and UT. Utah Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Salt Lake City Utah. 2011 .

Belk MC, Meyers PJ, Hassell E, Billman E. Effects of ontogeny, sex, and predation environment on the morphology of a livebearing fish. Evolution 2010. Portland, Oregon. 2010 .

Belk MC. Effects of brown trout on native stream fishes of the western U.S. Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 2010. Salt Lake City, Utah. 2010 .

Belk MC, Billman E, Meyers P. Reproductive allocation of western mosquitofish in Utah Lake: evidence for the residual reproductive value hypothesis. Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting 2010. Salt Lake City, Utah. 2010 .