Dr. Jesse Filbrun
Assistant Professor of Biology / Department Chair
Building/Office: Science (SCI) 106J Slot Number: 14
Catfish experiments highlighted in AFS Early Life History Section newsletter
I recently submitted a brief article to summarize my current catfish research activities to the newsletter of the Early Life History Section (ELHS) of the American Fisheries Society. The newsletter, appropriately named Stages, is used to share research activities and facilitate professional communication among the ELHS members. Below is a link to my article, which [… […]
Larval Spanish Mackerel paper published in Marine Ecology Progress Series
Abstract The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWHOS) coincided with the pelagic larval stages of many valued commercial and recreational fishes in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Larval fish survival and eventual recruitment into adult populations may have been impacted directly through toxicity or indirectly through changes in the planktonic food web caused by the release [… […]
Larval Red Snapper paper published in Environmental Research Letters
Abstract The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (DWHOS) spatially and temporally overlapped with the spawning of many fish species, including Red Snapper, one of the most economically important reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. To investigate potential impacts of the DWHOS on larval Red Snapper, data from a long-term ichthyoplankton survey off the coast of [… […]
2016 Catfish Experiments
During June 2016, I completed 2 tank experiments to quantify the effects of commercial feed provision on diets, growth, and survival of channel, blue, and channel × blue hybrid catfish during the transition from yolk-sac to exogenous feeding. The experiments were conducted in SAU’s Science building using catfish provided by my collaborators at the Thad [… […]
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
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.