Major Advisor: Michael Jones
Biography: Lisa received her B.S. (2011) and M.S (2014) in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Quantitative Fisheries Center. Her thesis topic focused on investigating the Lake Erie yellow perch stock assessment model assumptions, including the assumption of no movement across management unit boundaries and that the fishery independent surveys represent unbiased trends in abundance. Her current research is focused on using acoustic telemetry data from the Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) to estimate natural mortality of Great Lakes walleye. This dissertation will involve mortality estimation method development, an assessment of model performance and study design using an individual-based simulation framework, and an evaluation of walleye mortality for different stocks in Lake Huron and Lake Erie. In addition to increasing our knowledge about the uses of acoustic telemetry data, the development and evaluation of mortality estimation methods will provide information for the estimation of annual quota limits used widely for the management of fisheries.