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Dr. Jim Peterson

Chum salmon sampling


  • Ph D University of Missouri 1996
  • MS University of Illinois 1989
  • BS University of Illinois 1986

Professional Society Service

  • American Fisheries Society - Southern Division Representative to the Education Section (August 2009 - August 2011)
  • American Fisheries Society - Chair, Best Student Paper Award Committee (September 2008 - January 2010)
  • American Statistical Association - Member (January 2000 - January 2005)
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Research Publications

  • Colvin, M.E. and J.T. Peterson. 2017. Preparing future fisheries professionals to make good decisions. Fisheries 41:473-474
  • Scheerer, P.D., J.T. Peterson, and S. Clements. DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF MILLICOMA DACE IN THE COOS RIVER BASIN, OREGON. Northwestern Naturalist
  • Duarte, A., C.A. Pearl, M.J. Adams, and J.T. Peterson. A new parameterization for integrated population models to document amphibian reintroduction efforts. Ecological Applications.
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Completed Projects


  • Quantitative Decision Analysis for Fish and Wildlife Management (2018)
  • An introduction to data management and R for Fisheries and Wildlife applications (2017)
  • Quantitative Decision Analysis for Fish and Wildlife Management (2017)
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Oregon Other Professional Positions and Memberships

  • Jim PetersonOrganized Adaptive Management Symposium at S. Division of American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (January 2009 - January 2009)
  • Jim PetersonMember, Peer Review Panel for bull trout temperature requirements, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (July 2002 - October 2003)

Oregon University Committees and Workgroups

  • Jim PetersonOSU Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Committee (September 2011 - September 2017)
  • Jim PetersonOSU College of Forestery Plum Creek Postdoctoral Fellow Search Committee (January 2013 - September 2013)
  • Jim PetersonOSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Faculty Search Committee (December 2012 - March 2013)
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Technical Publications

  • Duarte, A. and J.T. Peterson. 2017 Fitting N-mixture models to count data with unexplained heterogeneity: bias, diagnostics, and alternative approaches. Task Completion Report to Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, 24 July 2017, 80 pp.
  • Scheerer, P. D., J. T. Peterson, and M. H. Meeuwig. 2017. Distribution and Abundance of Pit Sculpin in Drews and Camp Creeks, Goose Lake Basin, Oregon. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Annual Progress Report, Corvallis. 19 p.
  • Scheerer, P.D., J.T. Peterson, and S. Clements. 2017. 2016 Borax Lake Chub investigations. Annual Progress Report, Fish Research Project Oregon. Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Corvallis, Oregon.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 12

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 17

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 16

Scientific Publications: 63

Presentations: 240

Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

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