Michael Jones, Ph.D.

Michael Jones

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Professor - Emeritus; QFC Founding Co-Director
Quantitative Fisheries Center



  • Ph.D., Zoology, University of British Columbia, 1986
  • B.Sc., Zoology, University of British Columbia, 1977


My position is part of the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM). My research program focuses on fish population dynamics and ecology, resource management, and simulation modeling. I am especially interested in how uncertainty and risk affect resource management decision-making, and how Structured Decision Making methods can lead to better management outcomes, especially when they involve stakeholder engagement. I work closely with fishery management agencies to apply my research findings to current and emerging management issues. Together with Co-Director Jim Bence I established the Quantitative Fisheries Center in 2005 to facilitate this relationship and foster better management of fisheries, especially in the Great Lakes region.

I am no longer recruiting graduate students for my own lab, but please visit the QFC web site for information on opportunities with other QFC faculty.

Research Interests:

  • Decision analysis and adaptive management
  • Management Strategy Evaluation (simulation tools to assess management procedures)
  • Fish population dynamics Great Lakes fishery management
  • Pacific salmon management (Great Lakes and Alaska)
  • Sea lamprey management

Courses Taught:

  • FW 854 – Adaptive Management of Natural Resource Systems (with Kelly Robinson in Spring 2017)
  • FW 479 – Fisheries Management (with Mary Bremigan)
  • Introduction to Structured Decision Making and Adaptive Management (non-credit)

Selected Publications:

Jones, M.L. and Adams, J.V. in press. Eradication of Sea Lampreys from the Laurentian Great Lakes is Possible. Journal of Great Lakes Research, SLIS III Special Issue. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2020.04.011

Connors, B.M., B.A. Staton, L.G. Coggins, C.J. Walters, M.L. Jones, D. Gwinn, M.J. Catalano, and S.J. Fleischman. 2020. Incorporating harvest-population diversity trade-offs into salmon management in large river basins: a case study of Kuskokwim River Chinook. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. https://doi-org.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/10.1139/cjfas-2019-0282

Thresher, R.E., Jones, M.L. and Drake, D.A.R. 2019. Evaluating active genetic options for the control of sea lampreys (Petromyzon marinus) in the upper Laurentian Great Lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 76:1186-1202.

Jones, M.L., M.J. Catalano, L.K. Peterson, and A.M. Berger. 2016. Stakeholder-centered development of a harvest control rule for Lake Erie walleye Sander vitreus. pp. 163-183 in “Management Science in Fisheries”, C.T.T. Edwards and D.J. Dankel, editors. Routledge, Oxford and New York.

Tsehaye, I.W., M.L. Jones, T.O Brenden, J.R. Bence, C.P. Madenjian, and D.M. Warner. 2014. Assessing the balance between predatory consumption and prey dynamics in the Lake Michigan pelagic fish community. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:1-18.

Irwin, B.J., M.J. Wilberg, M.L. Jones, and J.R. Bence. 2011. Applying Structured Decision Making to Recreational Fisheries Management. Fisheries 36(3):7-16.