Title: Large River Fisheries Ecologist
My research interests include Applied fish ecology, Native species restoration and conservation, Invasive species control, Predator-prey interactions, and Life-history expression.
My primary current research involves boat electrofishing surveys to monitor fish assemblages in the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. This research has been ongoing since the late 1950's.
Additional current research projects involve comparative life-history expression of centrarchid sportfish in the Illinois River watershed, and investigating potential changes in diet, trophic status, and life-history expression of fish feeding guilds as influenced by important ecological drivers, i.e., changes in water quality, invasive species, and differences in fluvial geomorphology.
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International Postgraduate Research Award Recipient, University of New England, 2016-2019
Othmer Fellowship Recipient, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009-2011
Graduate Dean’s Citation for Excellence, Grand Valley State University, 2008 – Outstanding Thesis in Biology
Co-author of Best Poster Presentation, Joint Conference of the Illinois Lakes Management Association and Illinois American Fisheries Society, 2016.
Mentored author of Best Poster Presentation, Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experiences (UCARE) Conference, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2011.
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American Fisheries Society
North American Native Fishes Association
Mississippi River Research Consortium
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Fritts, M. W., J. A. DeBoer, D. K. Gibson-Reinemer, B. J. Lubinski, M. A. McClelland, and A. F. Casper. In press. Over a half-century of fish community monitoring in Illinois’ large rivers: the evolution of methods used by the Illinois Natural History Survey’s Long-term Survey and Assessment of Large-River Fishes in Illinois Monitoring Program. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin.
Fritts, A. K., M. W. Fritts, W. R. Haag, J. A. DeBoer, and A. F. Casper. 2017. Freshwater mussel shells (Unionidae) chronicle changes in a North American river over the past 1000 years. Science of the Total Environment 575: 199-206.
Gibson-Reinemer, D. K., D. R. Stewart, A. F. Casper, M. W. Fritts, and J. A. DeBoer. 2016. Estimating the effects of environmental variables and gear type on the detection and occupancy of large river fishes in a standardized sampling program using multi-season Bayesian mixture models. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 36:1445-1456.
Fritts, M. W., J. A. DeBoer, A. K. Fritts, K. A. Kellock, R. B. Bringolf, and A. F. Casper. 2016. Survey of intersex occurrence in Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) from the Upper Illinois River Waterway. American Midland Naturalist 176 (1), 158-165.
DeBoer, J. A., C. M. Webber, T. A. Dixon, and K. L. Pope. 2016. The influence of a severe reservoir drawdown on springtime zooplankton and larval fish assemblages in Red Willow Reservoir, Nebraska. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 31:131-146. DOI:10.1080/02705060.2015.1055312.
DeBoer, J. A. and K. L. Pope. 2015. Factors influencing recruitment of walleye and white bass to three distinct early ontogenetic stages. Ecology of Freshwater Fish. DOI: 10.1111/eff.12229.
DeBoer, J. A., S. A. Ogren, J. M. Holtgren, and E. B. Snyder. 2015. Movement and habitat use by mottled sculpin in a sand-dominated 1st-order stream following habitat restoration. American Midland Naturalist 173:335-345.
DeBoer, J. A., J. J. Fontaine, C. J. Chizinski, and K. L. Pope. 2015. Counterintuitive life-history expression in a highly variable environment. Great Plains Research 25:25-38.
DeBoer, J. A., K. L. Pope, and K. D. Koupal. 2013. Environmental factors regulating the recruitment of walleye Sander vitreus and white bass Morone chrysops in irrigation reservoirs. Ecology of Freshwater Fish 22:43-54.
Martin,D. L., B. M. Pracheil, J. A. DeBoer, G. R. Wilde, and K. L. Pope. 2012. Using the internet to understand angler behavior in the information age. Fisheries 37:458-463.
DeBoer, J. A., S. A. Ogren, J. M. Holtgren, and E. B. Snyder. 2011. A 100-year flood in a low-gradient Michigan stream: response of the resident and non-resident fish assemblages. American Midland Naturalist 166:446-452.
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American Fisheries Society
- Illinois state representative to Walleye Technical Committee (2015-present)
- Co-editor of Illinois AFS quarterly newsletter (2015-present)
- Member of Illinois AFS Continuing Education Committee (2015-present)
- Nebraska state representative to Walleye (2009-2012) and Centrarchid (2009-2011) Technical Committees
- Past president of Cornhusker Student Sub-Unit (2011-2012)
- President of Cornhusker Student Sub-Unit (2010-2011)
- Member of Walleye (2009-present) and Centrarchid (2009-2012) Technical Committees
- Member of Early Life-History Section (2009-2012)
Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society (2008)
Doctor of Philosophy
University of New England, 2016 - current
Advisor: Dr. Martin C. Thoms
Thesis project: Floodplain-river fishes, fluvial geomorphology, anthropogenic disturbance, and ecosystem restoration
Master of Science
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2009 – 2013
Major: Natural Resource Sciences
Advisor: Dr. Kevin L. Pope
Thesis Title: Recruitment of walleye (Sander vitreus) and white bass (Morone chrysops) in irrigation reservoirs
Master of Science
Grand Valley State University, 2006 – 2008
Major: Biology, emphasis in Fisheries
Advisor: Dr. Eric B. Snyder
Thesis Title: Community response to habitat restoration in Bear and Sickle Creeks, with emphasis on mottled sculpin (Cottus bairdi) in Sickle Creek
Bachelor of Science
Grand Valley State University, 1996-2001
Major: Natural Resource Management
Minor: Engineering Science
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