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Jason VokounCenter Director and Associate Professor
Fisheries Conservation Research
My team's research program sets out to fill information gaps and answer questions relevant to the conservation of fish populations and their habitats. Taxonomically, my research focus is broad and I work both with 'non-game' native fishes (often of conservation concern) and 'sportfish' species that are pursued by anglers. The common thread is an applied ecological approach that investigates how life histories, population dynamics, and habitat requirements interact within coupled human-natural ecosystems to provide relevent information to natural resource managers. My graduate students and I use a variety of research techniques to answer our objectives, including resource selection and population modeling, population and conservation genetics, and otolith microchemistry. And of course we measure a lot of fish! Adoption and use of new and improved sampling and analytical techniques has become a secondary theme in much of our research.