Jason Doll

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DOLL_photoPost-Doctoral Research Associate
Office Location: 100 UPLA Building
Phone: 517-355-0126
E-mail: dolljas1@msu.edu
Area of Expertise/Interest:  Population dynamics, Bayesian inference, stock assessment and fisheries management



  •  PhD – Environmental Science, Ball State University, 2015
  •  MS – Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, Ball State University, 2003
  •  BS – Aquatic Biology and Fisheries, Ball State University, 2001

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I am a life-long angler from Cambridge City, Indiana. Some of my earliest memories are fishing local ponds or exploring streams near my home. This interest led me to pursue degrees in fisheries management. After receiving my BS and MS at Ball State University, I started my professional career as a seasonal fisheries technician for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) in May 2003. This position led to a full time position as an assistant fisheries biologist for IDNR. In 2006, I returned to Ball State University as a Research Biologist to lead their long-term monitoring of Yellow Perch in Southern Lake Michigan. At this position, I started to become exposed to modeling and found out how enjoyable it could be. After a few years, I switched from big lakes to small streams as the Fisheries Biologist for the Bureau of Water Quality in Muncie, Indiana. At this position, I was responsible for monitoring the fish community and habitat in wadeable streams to assess biological integrity and habitat quality. It was at this position when I started learning about Bayesian inference. I quickly realized this method of inference was extremely exciting. In 2012, I started a doctoral program at Ball State University. While pursuing my PhD, I found out I wanted to combine my research interest in quantitative fisheries management with teaching. After finishing my doctoral program in 2015, I accepted a contract faculty position with Ball State University to teach introductory Biology, introductory statistics for Biology students, and a graduate course on statistical modeling in Ecology.

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 My research interests are in quantitative fisheries ecology. Broadly, I am interested in evaluating the mechanisms that influence fisheries populations and communities; including human disturbance (e.g., harvest, pollution, and habitat degradation), macroecological mechanisms, and the numerous biotic and abiotic interactions between fish and the environment. I am particularly interested in discovering these interactions using Bayesian inference of complex models. To accomplish this, I employ a multifaceted approach to data collection using historical data, field collection of new data, and collaboration with other scientists. Although I typically study fish population and community dynamics from field or laboratory research, I have collaborated on projects studying a variety of other taxa (e.g., ungulates, primates, warblers, bats, spiders, and algae) and environmental contaminants (e.g., environmental pharmaceuticals and personal care products and pesticides).

My research has included a wide range of projects from evaluating statistical methods of estimating parameters of common fisheries models to investigating continental wide distributional patterns of fish and evaluating physiological patterns of swimming performance. For example, I have compared Bayesian and frequentist methods of estimating fish mortality from catch curves and evaluated the efficacy of Bayesian inference of age and length at 50% maturity of fish. Through a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, I used historical data from their fisheries information system to evaluate stock-recruitment and yield-per-recruit models of Walleye Sander vitreus and Moronidae sp. (both stocked species). My research has also involved population modeling of the near-shore fish community of Lake Michigan with an emphasis on Yellow Perch Perca flavescens population dynamics and prey fish dynamics in Lake Huron. I have also investigated stream health using biological and habitat indicators. My current research project is a length based integrated stock assessment model of prey fish in Lake Huron that will help agencies manage the Lake Huron fishery. 

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  • Walls, J.T., K.H. Wyatt J.C. Doll, E.M. Rubenstein, & A.R. Rober. 2018. Hot and Toxic: Temperature regulates microcycstin release from Cyanobacteria. Science of the Total Environment 610-611:786-795. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.08.149
  • Doll, J.C., T.E. Lauer, & S. Clark-Kolaks. 2017. Yield-per-recruit modeling of competing piscivores in a Midwestern reservoir. Fisheries Research 191:200-210. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2017.03.012
  • Bernot, M.J., J.C. Becker, J.C. Doll, and T.E. Lauer. 2016. A national reconnaissance of trace organic compounds (TOCs) in Unites States lotic ecosystems. Science of the Total Environment 572:422-433. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.060
  • Doll, J.C., T.E. Lauer, & S. Clark-Kolaks. 2015. Covariates of age-0 Walleye Sander vitreus fall recruitment from stocked populations in six Midwestern reservoirs. Fisheries Research 172:274-286. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2015.07.034
  • Jacquemin, S.J., & J.C. Doll. 2015. Macroecology of North American suckers (Catostomidae): tests of Bergmann’s and Rapoport’s rules. Ecology and Evolution. DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1637
  • Jacquemin, S.J., J.C. Doll, *D.A. Owen & M. Pyron. 2015. Effects of flow regime on growth rate in freshwater drum, Aplodinotus grunniens. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98(4):993-1003. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10641-014-0332-x
  • Doll, J.C. & T.E. Lauer. 2014. Comparing Bayesian and frequentist methods of fisheries models: Hierarchical catch curves. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40(Supplement 3):41-48. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2014.07.006
  • Doll, J.C. & T.E. Lauer. 2014. Gill-net selectivity of Yellow Perch. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 29(2):279-288. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02705060.2014.891084
  • Jacquemin, S.J., & J.C. Doll. 2014. Body size and geographic range do not explain long term variation in fish populations: A Bayesian phylogenetic approach to testing assembly processes in stream fish assemblages. PLoS ONE 9(4): e93522. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0093522
  • Butler, L.R.*, J.C. Doll, J.L. Leet*, J.L. Meyer*, P. Moraga*, & M.S. Sepulveda. 2013. Impacts of sewage waste water on feminization and vitellogenin expression in male fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) from Indiana waters. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 122:1-7.
  • Doll, J.C. & T.E. Lauer. 2013. Bayesian estimation of age and length at 50% maturity. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142(4):1012-1024. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00028487.2013.793615
  • Jacquemin, S.J., & J.C. Doll. 2013. Long-term fish assemblages respond to habitat and niche breadth in the West Fork White River, Indiana. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 22(2):280-294. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eff.12025
  • Ferguson, P.J., B.J. Bernot, J.C. Doll, & T.E. Lauer. 2013. Detection of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in near-shore habitats of southern Lake Michigan. Science of the Total Environment 458-460:187-196. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.04.024
  • Forsythe, P.S., J.C. Doll, & T.E. Lauer. 2012. Abiotic and biotic correlates of yellow perch recruitment to age-2 in southern Lake Michigan, 1984-2007. Fisheries Management and Ecology 19(5):389-399. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2400.2012.00852.x
  • Doll, J.C. 2011. Predicting biological impairment from habitat assessments. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 182:259-277. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-011-1874-4
  • Doll, J.C. 2010. Evaluation of morphology and secondary sexual characteristics of the bluntnose minnow: evidence of estrogenic compound exposure? Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 119(2):130-143.
  • Doll, J.C. 2010. Changes in fish assemblages of Killbuck Creek and Pipe Creek, Delaware County, IN. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 119(1):52-63.
  • Lauer, T.E., J.C. Doll, P.J. Allen, B. Breidert, & J. Palla. 2008. Changes in yellow perch length frequencies and sex ratios following closure of the commercial fishery and reduction in sport bag limits in southern Lake Michigan. Fisheries Management and Ecology 15:39-47. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2400.2007.00567.x

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