joel hoffman, adjunct assistant PROFESSOR


B.S., 1999, Resource Ecology and Management, University of Michigan

B.A., 1999, Philosophy, University of Michigan

Ph.D., 2006, Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Office: EPA Mid-Continent Ecology Division, A201
Phone: 529-5420
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Broadly, I am interested in how human-caused changes to the environment influence aquatic ecosystem processes, aquatic habitat, and fish population success. My research is focused on coastal and estuarine fishes because they are of economic and social importance and because their habitat is highly vulnerable to anthropogenic impacts. I believe my research should support development of a workable practice of sustainable, ecosystem-based management.

My areas of expertise including using natural tracers, particularly stable isotopes, to study aquatic food web dynamics and fish movements; developing tools and designs for coastal ecosystem condition and biodiversity assessment; and using hydroacoustics to study fisheries and fish habitat.

Currently, my research is focused on two areas ecosystem services (particularly as they relate to fisheries) of coastal ecosystem restoration and aquatic invasive species early detection.


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