Justin Bopp, Ph.D.

Justin Bopp

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate-QFC
Quantitative Fisheries Center


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  • Ph.D. - Marine Science, Stony Brook University, 2021
  • B.S. - Zoology, Michigan State University, 2015


I grew up in the metro Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Growing up, my family took many trips to the Great Lakes, Florida, and aquariums, which sparked my interest in studying fish ecology. I studied Zoology at Michigan State University, where I was able to pursue multiple research opportunities. My first introduction to research was in the Boughman Lab, where I assisted graduate student research on three-spine stickleback courtship behavior across sub-species to contextualize how these behaviors shape their evolution. I also spent one summer at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station, where I conducted an independent research project on the impacts of environmental factors on freshwater zooplankton dynamics. 

After my time at MSU, I obtained my Ph.D. in Marine Science at Stony Brook University. My dissertation focused on the population dynamics, movement patterns and trophic behavior of American horseshoe crabs.  A large component of my dissertation involved translating my research findings towards applied management goals, and ultimately shaped my interest in applying fisheries research toward management strategies.  


My current research involves the use of population and movement modelling of grass carp in Lake Erie. The goal is to update parameters in a grass carp population model with the most up-to-date information, including movement data, to assess if current control efforts are meeting management goals within a Structured Decision Making framework. Another goal is to utilize acoustic telemetry data on grass carp to understand environmental factors that influence their spatial distributions within Lake Erie and its tributaries. These two projects will help inform management and control efforts of this invasive fish species.


Bopp, J.J., M. Sclafani, M.G. Frisk, K.A. McKown, C.M. Zeigler-Fede,  D.R. Smith, R.M. Cerrato. Quantifying seasonal space-use and migration timing of American horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) across demographics. Ecosphere. In press.  

Kwan, K.Y, J.J. Bopp, S. Huang, Q. Chen, C. Wang, Y. Liao, X. Wang, X. Huang. 2020. Trophic dynamics and resource use of endangered horseshoe crab (Tachypleus tridentatus) populations among diversified nursery habitats in northern Beibu Gulf, China. Integrative Zoology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1749-4877.12495 

Bopp, J. J., M. Sclafani, D.R., Smith, K.A. McKown, R.M. Cerrato. 2019. Geographic-specific mark-recapture models reveal contrasting migration and survival of adult horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus). Estuaries and Coasts, 42(6):1570-1585.