Michael Jones, Ph.D.

Michael Jones

Telephone: 517-432-0465

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Peter A. Larkin Professor of Quantitative Fisheries; Co-Director of the Quantitative Fisheries Center

MSU Natural Resources Building, rm 13D

Areas 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


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)

Publication Profiles:

MSU Scholar Profile

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.

Affiliated Pages:

Quantitative Fisheries Center

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