Jo Latimore, Ph.D.
Specialist; Lake, Stream, and Watershed Outreach38 Natural Resources
Area of Expertise: Stream, lake, and watershed ecology; community-based monitoring and management of freshwater ecosystems
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.
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.
Aquatic Entomology, ENT 422
Aquatic Ecosystem Management, FW 414
Seminar in Fisheries and Wildlife: Effective Outreach and Engagement in Fisheries and Wildlife, FW 893
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
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.