Michael L. Jones

Michael L.   Jones
  • Peter A. Larkin Professor of Quantitative Fisheries, Co-Director, Quantitative Fisheries Center
  • Fisheries and Wildlife


Michael Jones is the Peter A. Larkin Professor of Quantitative Fisheries in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. His research focuses on fish population dynamics and applying quantitative tools such as simulation modeling and decision analysis to practical fishery management problems. 

He received both his BS and PhD in zoology from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining the faculty at Michigan State University in 1997 he worked as an environmental consultant and a government research scientist. 

Jones is the co-director of the Quantitative Fisheries Center at Michigan State University. His most recent work has a strong applied research focus and frequently involves working closely with fishery management agencies. He is especially interested in the challenge of determining critical uncertainties for fishery management, and the related question of assigning an appropriate value to reducing uncertainty.  Jones’ work has been widely published in journals including Fisheries Research, Journal of Great Lakes Research, North American Journal of Fisheries Management, and Environmental Biology of Fishes.