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Jerrod Parker
Title: Large River Ecologist
Mailing address:
1910 Griffith Dr
NRSA 652
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Address mailcode: 652
Office room: Room 131
Phone: (217) 300-0997

  • Factors limiting Smallmouth Bass populations: Mackinaw River, IL
  • Northern Pike demographics and habitat preference: Kankakee River, IL
  • Long-term fish population monitoring: Kankakee and Iroquois Rivers, IL
  • Side-scan sonar mapping and substrate classification: Kankakee, Iroquois, and Mackinaw Rivers, IL



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Professional affiliations:
  • Society for Freshwater Science
  • American Fisheries Society
  • North American Lake Management Society
  • International Society for River Science
Selected publications:


Parker, J., Cao, Y., Sass, G. G., & Epifanio, J. (2018). Large river fish functional diversity responses to improved water quality over a 28 year period. Ecological Indicators, 88, 322-331. doi:

Gibson-Reinemer, D. K., Sparks, R. E., Parker, J. L., DeBoer, J. A., Fritts, M. W., McClelland, M. A., Casper, A. F. (2017). Ecological Recovery of a River Fish Assemblage following the Implementation of the Clean Water Act. BioScience, 67(11), 957-970. doi:

Parker, J., Epifanio, J., Casper, A., & Cao, Y. (2016). The effects of improved water quality on fish assemblages in a heavily modified large river system. River Research and Applications, 32(5), 992-1007. doi:

Mark W. Fritts, Jason A. DeBoer, Benjamin J. Lubinski, Jerrod Parker, Cassi Moody-Carpenter, Neil Rude, Greg Whitledge, Robert Columbo , Stephanie Liss, Edward F. Culver, John E. Epifanio, John H. Chick, Yong Cao, and Andrew F. Casper, The Long-term Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, and Wabash Rivers Fish Population Monitoring Program 2013, INHS Technical Report.

Parker, Jerrod; Streams, Lakes, and Rivers; a Survey of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Floodplain Lakes. (2011) Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Management Report.

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MS, Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois (2014)

BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin Platteville (2009)

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