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Dr. Jim Long

Jimmy with paddlefish taken from Arkansas River, Oklahoma.


  • Ph D Oklahoma State University 2000
  • MS Missouri State University 1995
  • BS Missouri State University 1992


I grew up in the Ozarks of southwest Missouri and after having received my PhD from Oklahoma State University, went to South Carolina for my first full-time fisheries job. Afterward, I spent 7 years with the National Park Service as the fishery biologist for the southeast region. In 2009 I moved back to my adopted state of Oklahoma in my current position.

Research Interests

My research focuses on management-driven questions related to fisheries, land-use effects, and effects of invasive species on aquatic communities. I am particularly interested in applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology to aquatic ecosystems and in the use of otolith microstructure and chemistry to elucidate effects on fishes.

Teaching Interests

Aquatic Nuisance Species Management and Social Dimensions in Aquatic Ecology

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - President, Oklahoma Chapter (October 2012 - February 2014)
  • American Fisheries Society - Chair, Membership Concerns Committee (August 2011 - August 2013)
  • American Fisheries Society - Member, Fisheries Professionals Salary Survey Special Committee (March 2012 - December 2012)
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Research Publications

  • Starks, T.A. and J.M. Long. 2017. Trophic responses of age-0 fishes in created habitats of the lower Missouri River. American Midland Naturalist 178:112-122.
  • Snow, RA, JM Long, and BD Frenette. 2017. Validation of daily increments periodicity in otoliths ofSpotted Gar. Journal of the Southeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 4:60-65. Abstract | 
  • Snow, R.A. and J.M. Long. 2017. Otolith marking of juvenile Shortnose Gar by immersion in oxytetracycline. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37:724-728.
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Current Projects

Completed Projects


  • Social Dimensions in Aquatic Ecology (2016)
  • Social Dimensions in Aquatic Ecology (2014)
  • Social Dimensions in Aquatic Ecology (2012)
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Oklahoma Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Jim LongSession Chair, Aquatic Ecology, Governor's Water Conference and Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute Annual Meeting (August 2013 - October 2013)
  • Jim LongOrganizer-endemic black bass symposium at American Fisheries Society annual meeting (February 2009 - September 2009)

Oklahoma University Committees and Workgroups

  • Jim LongDepartment Head Search Committee (July 2015 - December 2015)
  • Jim LongMentor, Freshman Research Scholar Progam (November 2014 - April 2015)

Technical Publications

  • Long, J. 2015. Atractosteus spatula (on-line). Digital Morphology. Available
  • National Park Service, Southeast Region. 2010. Coastal and ocean park strategy: research and monitoring priorities. Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Long, J. and K. Foote. 2006. Mint Springs Creek invasive fish species eradication. Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Vicksburg National Military Park, MS.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 8

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 11

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 24

Scientific Publications: 84

Presentations: 184

Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
  2. Oklahoma State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute