Dr. Andrew Jones

Please welcome Dr. Andrew Jones as CINAR's 2014 Postdoctoral Scholar.

I received my B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.

As a researcher I am broadly interested in the ecology and evolution of fishes. My previous work has focused on promoting our understanding of anadromous species like alosine and salmonid fishes, which are of great ecological importance to the both freshwater and marine coastal ecosystems worldwide. These species play many key ecological roles at different life stages: serving as prey for piscivorous coastal birds and fish as adults at sea, shaping zooplankton community composition as juveniles in freshwater, and providing marine derived nutrients to freshwater ecosystems during their spawning migrations. In New England, river herring are the anadromous fishes of primary ecological and economic importance, since they play a significant role in both lakes and continental shelf ecosystems, as well as have been historically extremely abundant and immensely valuable as a fishery. Recently, their precipitous decline in abundance has resulted in river herring being recognized as species of high conservation concern. Despite these species being of both high ecological importance and conservation concern, there are a number of fundamental aspects of river herring biology that are still poorly understood. As a scholar at WHOI, working with with Drs. Joel Llopiz and Simon Thorrold, I am continuing my work on these species by exploring a number of topics related to the early life history of river herring.  In addition, I'm also excited to have the opportunity to branch out and explore subjects like the trophic ecology of marine fishes.

Andy's Office is in the Redfield Building #212 in the village, his mailstop is #33 and his email is ajones@whoi.edu