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Jared Homola

Jared Homola


  • University of Maine 2017


I joined the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in the fall of 2013. Before coming to Maine, I earned my M.Sc. at Grand Valley State University and B.Sc. at Michigan State University. In my previous positions, I typically used molecular tools to study disease ecology as well as ancient and contemporary dispersal for various fish species around the Great Lakes basin. In my free time, I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and anything else to get outdoors.

Research Interests

I am broadly interested in how anthropogenic influences such as climate change and urbanization affect the likelihood of species persistence. I commonly approach these questions using genetic tools and from an evolutionary perspective. My dissertation research has several components. First, I am using an analysis of gene expression (i.e., transcriptomics) to assess the influence of climate change associated stressors on the presence of epizootic shell disease in American lobster. This objective will contribute to a collaborative project aimed at improving the adaptation capacity of Maine’s iconic lobster industry to potential abrupt climate change scenarios. My second dissertation component quantifies the influence of urbanization on gene flow among populations of vernal pool amphibians in Maine. This work contributes to a larger project that seeks to model the ecologic and economic aspects of urbanization on vernal pool ecosystems. The third portion of my dissertation research will use agent-based modeling to assess the likelihood of population persistence through genetic adaptation (i.e., evolutionary rescue) to ecosystem change.

Technical Publications

  • Homola, J.J., C.R. Ruetz III, S.L. Kohler, and R.A. Thum. 2014. Weak effects of a microsporidian parasite on a benthic fish in Michigan streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:915-926.
  • Homola, J.J., K.T. Scribner, R.F. Elliott, M.C. Donofrio, J. Kanefsky, K.M. Smith, and J.N. McNair. 2012. Genetic assessment of natural inter-population straying rates for spawning populations of lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens across the Lake Michigan basin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1374-1388.
  • Homola, J.J., J. Kanefsky, K.T. Scribner, T.G. Kalish, and M.A. Tonello. 2012. Genetic identification of two putative world record Michigan salmonids resolves stakeholder and manager questions. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38:176-179.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 9

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 52

Presentations: 280

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute