Filbrun, Jesse

Dr. Jesse Filbrun

Assistant Professor of Biology


P.O. Box 9246
Building/Office: Science (SCI)
Slot Number: 14

Educational Background

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


  • University Biology II, BIOL 1113
  • Vertebrate Zoology, BIOL 2023/2021
  • Wildlife Issues in a Changing World, BIOL 2143
  • Biology of Fishes (Ichthyology), BIOL 3393/3391
  • Marine Biology, BIOL 3503
  • Ecology, BIOL 4013/4011
  • Oceanography (Advanced Topics), BIOL 4693
  • Independent Research, BIOL 4991

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in aquatic and marine ecology, with emphasis on how natural and human disturbances affect ecosystem structure and function.  My research focuses on using stable isotopes to model elemental flow of feeds added to aquaculture ponds, teasing apart the mechanisms that drive fish recruitment into adult populations by linking early diets and digestive physiology with growth and survival, understanding how harmful algal blooms relate to watershed land use practices, and resolving the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fisheries in the northern Gulf of Mexico.


Filbrun, J.E., and D.A. Culver. 2014. Stable isotopes reveal live prey support growth of juvenile channel catfish reared under intensive feeding regimens in ponds. Aquaculture 433:125–132.

*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.
*Nominated for the James LaBounty Award for best paper published in Lake and Reservoir Management during 2013.

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.