Filbrun, Jesse

Dr. Jesse E. Filbrun

Assistant Professor of Biology


Building/Office: Science (SCI)

Educational background

  • B.S. Biology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 2008
  • Ph.D. Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2013
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, The University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS, 2013–2014


  • Marine Biology
  • Oceanography
  • Ecology
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Wildlife Issues

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in understanding trophic dynamics in aquatic and marine ecosystems, with emphasis on how natural and human disturbances affect ecosystem structure and function. Thus, my research has focused on using stable isotopes (δ13C and δ15N) to trace elemental flow in ecosystems, teasing apart the mechanisms that drive fish recruitment into adult populations by linking early diets with growth and survival, quantifying interactions between larval/juvenile fish and their zooplankton prey, linking the occurrence of harmful algal blooms to watershed land use, testing the effectiveness of lake management tools to control harmful algal blooms, and resolving the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on larval fish in the Gulf of Mexico.


Filbrun, J.E., D.A. Culver, and J.D. Conroy.  2013. Understanding seasonal phosphorus dynamics to guide effective management of shallow, hypereutrophic Grand Lake St. Marys, Ohio. Lake and Reservoir Management 29:165–178.

Filbrun, J.E., C.A. Reynolds, and D.A. Culver. 2013. Effects of feeding rate on habitat quality in fish rearing ponds. Journal of the World Aquaculture Society 44:198–209.

Filbrun, J.E., and D.A. Culver. 2013. Can reduced provision of manufactured feed improve fish production efficiency in ponds? North American Journal of Aquaculture 75:64–76.

Bridgeman, T.B., J.D. Chaffin, and J.E. Filbrun. 2013. A novel method for tracking western Lake Erie Microcystis blooms, 2002–2011. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39:83–89.