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Jason A DeBoer
Title: Large River Fisheries Ecologist
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704 N Schrader Ave
Havana, IL 62644
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Phone: 309-543-6000
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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, 

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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.

Professional affiliations:

American Fisheries Society

North American Native Fishes Association

Mississippi River Research Consortium

Selected publications:

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. Snyder2015Movement 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 environmentGreat Plains Research 25:25-38.

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.

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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)


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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