Jo Latimore, Ph.D.

Jo Latimore

Specialist; Lake, Stream, and Watershed Outreach

332 Natural Resources


Area of Expertise: Stream, lake, and watershed ecology; community-based monitoring and management of freshwater ecosystems

Dr. Latimore’s Website


Ph.D., Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, 2005
M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, 2000
B.A., Biology, Albion College


I am an aquatic ecologist and Outreach Specialist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. I am particularly interested in volunteer monitoring of Michigan’s streams and lakes, community-based approaches to watershed management, natural resources leadership development, and improving our understanding of aquatic ecosystem health by assessing responses to disturbance.

I came to Michigan State University as an Outreach Specialist in 2008. Prior to joining the MSU faculty, I was a Watershed Ecologist at the Huron River Watershed Council in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a 2012 graduate of the Great Lakes Leadership AcademyÆsEmerging Leader Program. In 2011, I served in as President of the Michigan Chapter, North American Lake Management Society, and was honored as an Emerging Engagement Scholar by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium.

As an Outreach Specialist, the majority of my work is focused on engaging with individuals and organizations to promote understanding and stewardship of aquatic ecosystems. Key partners in these efforts include Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., and the Michigan Natural Features Inventory.

Research Interests

Volunteer monitoring of Michigan’s streams and lakes
Community-based approaches to watershed management
Natural resources leadership development
Improving our understanding of aquatic ecosystem health by assessing responses to disturbance.

Courses Taught

Aquatic Entomology, ENT 422
Aquatic Ecosystem Management, FW 414
Seminar in Fisheries and Wildlife: Effective Outreach and Engagement in Fisheries and Wildlife, FW 893

Affiliated Pages

Michigan State University Extension    
Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc.    
Michigan Natural Features Inventory    
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality    
Michigan Sea Grant    
Huron River Watershed Council    
Great Lakes Commission

Selected Publications

Latimore, J.A., P. Steen, & W. Dimond. 2013. Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program 2012 Annual Report. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, MI/DEQ/WRD-13/007.

Latimore, J.A., P. Steen, & W. Dimond. 2012. Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program 2011 Annual Report. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, MI/DEQ/WRD-12/014.

Deer Lake Property Owners Association. 2012. On site training for identification and mapping of aquatic plants of Michigan lakes. (Video with narration and instruction by J.A. Latimore). 21 minutes.

Latimore, J. 2012, June 11. Clean Boats, Clean Waters program prevents spread of aquatic invasive species. Michigan State University Extension News.

Latimore, J.A. 2010. The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership – a new collaboration for Michigan’s inland lakes. The Michigan Riparian, Fall 2010.

Latimore, J.A. and D.B. Hayes. 2008. The vigor-organization-resilience concept of ecological health: lessons from temperate warmwater stream fish communities. Pp. 1807-1813 In J. Nielsen, J. Dodson, K. Friedland, T. Hamon, N. Hughes, J. Musick, and E. Verspoor, eds. Proceedings of the Fourth World Fisheries Congress: Reconciling Fisheries with Conservation. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 49, Bethesda, MD.

Latimore, J.A. and R. Lawson. 2007. Importance of quality assurance planning for long-term monitoring programs: the volunteer monitoring experience. Water Resources Impact 9(5):25-26.

Latimore, J. 2007. Citizen science: Adopt-A-Stream volunteers keep watch over the ‘shed. Huron River Report, Summer 2007.

Latimore, J. 2006. Going against the flow: Steelhead and Chinook salmon run in the Huron. Huron River Report, Fall 2006.

Moerke, A.H., K.J. Gerard, J.A. Latimore, R.A. Hellenthal, and G.A. Lamberti. 2004. Restoration of an Indiana, USA, stream: bridging the gap between basic and applied lotic ecology. Journal of the North American Benthological Society: Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 647–660.