Michael Jones PhD

Michael Jones

Telephone: 517-432-0465

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Professor; AgBioResearch Assistant Director; Peter A. Larkin Professor of Quantitative Fisheries; Co-Director of the Quantitative Fisheries Center
13D Natural Resources

Area of Expertise: Structured Decision Making; Fish population dynamics and modeling; Sea lamprey management

Ph.D., Zoology, University of British Columbia, 1986.

B.Sc., Zoology, University of British Columbia, 1977.


CV: Michael Jones CV



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)


Selected Publications

Dawson, H.A., M.L. Jones, B.J. Irwin, N.S. Johnson, C.M. Wagner, M. Szymanski. 2016. Management strategy evaluation of a new control tactic to manage an invasive fish. Natural Resource Modeling 29:448-469.

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.

Jones, M.L., T.O. Brenden, and B.J. Irwin. 2015. Re-examination of Sea Lamprey control policies for the St. Marys River: completion of an adaptive management cycle. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72:1538-1551, DOI 10.1139/cjfas-2014-0567

Catalano, M.J. and M.L. Jones. 2014. A simulation-based evaluation of in-season management tactics for anadromous fisheries: Accounting for risk in the Yukon River Fall Chum Salmon fishery. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34:1227-1241.

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.


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