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Professor and Co-Director of Quantitative Fisheries Center

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Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
  11c Natural Resources Bldg
(517) 432-3812
FAX: (517) 432-1699


My position is part of the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management. My research is in the general area of quantitative fisheries with an emphasis on Great Lakes applications.  Recent work has focussed on evaluation of age-structured stock assesment methods and use of simulation models to evaluate different harvest policies and other management choices.  My work has covered a broad range of topics including environmental impact assessments, bioenergetics applications, stock assessments and policy analyses for specific Great Lakes stocks, general assessment of methods, sea lamprey control/management, and population dynamics theory and modeling.  I teach a graduate course in fish population dynamics.  There are opportunities to join my program as a graduate student or postdoc.  Make sure to check out the Quantitative Fisheries Center as my lab is essentially integrated with the center.


Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985
M.A., Applied Statistics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1985
B.S., Biology, University of Notre Dame, 1979

Professional Interests

  • Fishery stock assessment methods
  • Fishery management
  • Use of simulation tools in evaluating management strategies
  • Great Lakes fisheries
  • Environmetrics and environmental assessment
  • Population and community dynamics
 Page updated:
May 2008