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Finn, John T.


313A  Holdsworth

Primary interests

Dr. Finn is the department’s systems ecologist. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Ecology at the University of Georgia, did a post-doc at the Ecosystems Center, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, and trained in satellite remote sensing at the Goddard Space Flight Center of NASA. His interests include development of modeling and analysis techniques, statistical methods for ecological data, GIS, remote sensing and application of modeling and theory to environmental assessment and resource management.

Current Projects

  • Using social network methods for analysis of acoustic telemetry of bonefish, barracuda and permit from an array around Culebra Puerto Rico
  • A theoretical model of the fall migration of arctic grayling in the presence of lake trout in the Kuparuk River, Alaska
  • A model of striped bass movement in the Plum Island Ecosystem, Massachusetts
  • Correcting for temporal and spatial autocorrelation in the analysis of spatial ecological count data
  • Using generalized additive mixed models (GAMMs) for analysis of use/availability data for fisher

Current Students

  • Maritza Mallek, M.S. Simulating Fire Regimes in the Sierra Nevadas
  • Meagan Mazzarino,Ph.D. (with Paul Barten) Effects of Climate Change on Tropical Glaciers and Pastoral Communities in the Peruvian Andes
  • Lori Pelech, M.S. Wildlife Distribution Mapping for the Northeastern U.S.

Selected Recent Publications

Finn, J.T., J. Brownscombe, C. Haak, S.J. Cooke, R. Cormier, T. Gagne, and  A.J. Danylchuk. Applying network methods to acoustic telemetry data: modeling the movements of tropical marine fishes. Ecological Modelling, submitted.

Matthews, S.M., J.M. Higley, J.T. Finn, K.M. Rennie, C.M. Thompson, K.L. Purcell, R.A.Sweitzer, S.L. Haire, P.R. Sievert, and T.K. Fuller. 2013. An evaluation of a weaning index for wild fishers (Pekania [Martes] pennanti) in California.  Journal of Mammalogy 94: in press.

Mather, M., J.T. Finn, C.G. Kennedy, L.A. Deegan, and J.M. Smith. 2013. What happens in an estuary doesn’t stay there: Patterns of biotic connectivity resulting from long term ecological research. Oceanography 26(3):168–179,

Mather, M.E., H.J. Frank, J.M. Smith, R.D. Cormier, R.M. Muth and J.T. Finn. 2012.  Assessing freshwater habitat of adult anadromous alewives using multiple approaches.  Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 4: 188-200.

Frank, H.F., M.E. Mather, J.M. Smith, R.M. Muth, J.T. Finn. 2011.  Role of origin and release location in pre-spawning movements of anadromous alewives.  Fisheries Management and Ecology 18:12-24.

Mather, M.E., J.T. Finn, S.M. Pautzke, D. Fox, T. Savoy, H.M. Brundage III, L.A. Deegan, and R.M. Muth. 2010. Diversity in destinations, routes, and timing of small adult and sub-adult striped bass Morone saxatilis on their southward autumn migration. Journal of Fish Biology 77:2326-2337.

Pautzke, S.M., M.E. Mather, J.T. Finn, L.A. Deegan, R.M. Muth. 2010. Seasonal use of a New England estuary by foraging contingents of migratory striped bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139:257 – 269.

Frank, H.J., M.E. Mather, R.M. Muth, S.M. Pautzke, J.M. Smith and J.T. Finn. 2009. The Adopt-a-Herring program as a fisheries conservation tool.  Fisheries 34:466-507.

Smith, J. S., M. E. Mather, H. J. Frank, R. M. Muth, J. T. Finn, S. D. McCormick. 2009. Evaluation of a gastric radio tag insertion technique for anadromous alewives. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:367–377.

Mather, M. E, J. T. Finn, K. H. Ferry, L. A. Deegan, G. A. Nelson. 2009. Use of non-natal estuaries by migratory striped bass (Morone saxatilis) in summer. Fishery Bulletin 107(3): 329-337.

Frank, H. F, M. E. Mather, J. M. Smith, R. M. Muth, J. T. Finn, S. D. McCormick. 2009. What is ‘fallback’?: metrics needed to assess telemetry tag effects on anadromous fish behavior. Hydrobiologia 35:237-249.

Sekar I, K McGarigal, JT Finn, R Ryan, and TO Randhir. 2009. Water quality response to economic development: quantifying environmental Kuznets curve. Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics 64:73-88.


Updated: September 13, 2013