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John M. Hoenig

Professor of Marine Science

Email : [[hoenig]]
Phone : (804) 684-7125
Office : Fisheries Science Lab 134
Department : Fisheries Science

Education
  • B.S., Cornell University
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island (biological oceanography)
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island (statistics)
  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island (biological oceanography)
Research Interests

I'm interested in developing methods for studying population dynamics and assessing fisheries including determining appropriate management options. I use statistical theory, mathematical modeling, and computer simulation to develop methods for interpreting tagging, survey, catch, effort, and age data, and just about any other type of data available. Specific interests include sport fisheries, commercial fisheries for invertebrates, elasmobranch life history and fisheries, tropical fisheries, Indian treaty rights to fish, and conflict resolution through technical analysis. My research has led me to

  • estimate which river stocks of American shad are being caught in pound nets that catch a mixed stock assemblage,
  • determine the survival rate of discarded fish (sharks),
  • estimate the efficiency of a scallop dredge in order to determine the biomass of scallops and set a catch quota,
  • evaluate the effectiveness of a marine sanctuary for blue crabs,
  • estimate actual and potential rates of population growth of barndoor skates and lemon sharks,
  • estimate survival rates and break the total mortality rate into its components (fishing mortality and "other mortality"), with applications to lake trout, red drum, rock lobster, blue crab and striped bass. 
Species I Study
Research Highlights
Current Projects
  • Striped Bass Assessment and Disease Research Program
  • Assessment of population dynamics of blue crabs in Chesapeake Bay (with Rom Lipcius)
  • Assessment of western rock lobster in Western Australia (with Simon de Lestang)
  • Impacts of Epizootic Shell Disease on American lobsters in Southern New England (with Matt Smith, Jeff Shields, Tom Dolan and Don Landers)
  • Development of mortality estimators based on mean length statistics (with Amy Then and Todd Gedamke)
International Collaborations
Advice on Writing Theses, Preparing PowerPoint Presentations and Making Posters
Advice to Prospective Students
Advice on Analyzing Data
Software for Stock Assessment and Statistical Analysis
Selected Publications

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Current Students
Past Students

Lynn Waterhouse. M.S. 2011. (co-advisor with Mary Fabrizio).
Thesis: Partial Year Tagging Models: accounting for changing tag visibility and delayed mixing.

Todd Gedamke. Ph.D. 2006. (co-advisor with Bill DuPaul and Jack Musick).
Dissertation: Developing a stock assessment for the barndoor skate (Dipturus laevis) in the Northeast United States.
Awarded the John M. and Marilyn Zeigler Student Achievement Award, May 2007. See the write-up in Fisheries magazine about Todd.

Thomas Ihde. Ph.D. 2006. Dissertation: Development of generalized index-removal models, with particular attention to catchability issues.

 
John Walter. Ph.D. 2006. Dissertation: Incorporating aspects of space into stock assessment of several marine species.
 
Debra Lambert. M.S. (co-advisor with Romuald Lipcius) 2005.
Thesis: Estimation of annual and semi-annual survival of adult female blue crabs and assessment of the effectiveness of the Virginia blue crab sanctuary using tag-return methodology.
Awarded the John M. and Marilyn Zeigler Student Achievement Award, May, 2006. 
 
Donna Grusha. M.S. 2005.
Thesis: Investigation of the life-history of the cownose ray, Rhinoptera bonasus (Mitchill 1815).

Stewart Frusher. Ph.D. 2001. Dissertation: Evaluation of techniques for estimating fishery assessment parameters in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery. (I was co-supervisor of this student at the University of Tasmania). 

Courses Taught/Teaching
  • MS 670 Stock Assessment Methods
  • MS 698 Statistical and Graphical Analysis Using R
  • MS 698 Multivariate Statistics in R
Student Awards
  • 2012. Kristen Omori awarded a VIMS Council Fellowship from the VIMS Foundation.
  • 2011. Matt Smith awarded a three-year NMFS/Sea Grant graduate fellowship in population dynamics.
  • 2011. Amy Then awarded a Ferguson Enterprise Fellowship from the VIMS Foundation.
  • 2011. (former student) Lynn Waterhouse awarded a travel grant from the Estuaries Section of the American Fisheries Society to present her research at the annual meeting in Seattle.
  • 2010. Amy Then awarded a travel grant from the Estuaries Section of the American Fisheries Society to attend the Society's annual meeting in Pittsburgh.
  • 2008. Matt Smith awarded travel grant from the Reves Center for International Studies, College of William and Mary.
  • 2008. Lynn Waterhouse awarded a travel grant from the Reves Center for International Studies, College of William and Mary.
  • 2008. Lynn Waterhouse awarded a travel grant from the Marine Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society to attend the Society's annual meeting in Ottawa.
  • 2008. Lynn Waterhouse awarded a grant from the PADI Foundation to support her research in the Turks and Caicos Islands on queen conch.
  • 2007. Todd Gedamke awarded the John & Marilyn Zeigler Award.
  • 2007. Lynn Waterhouse awarded a VIMS fellowship and the Juliette B. and Carroll W. Owens, Sr. endowment fellowship.
  • 2007-2009. Grant received from the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center to provide training in quantitative science to student Matt Smith.
  • 2006. Debra Lambert awarded the John & Marilyn Zeigler Award.
  • 2004. John Walter awarded a Student Travel Award by the Marine Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society to attend the annual meeting in Madison, WI.
  • 2004. Thomas Ihde awarded a Student Travel Award by the Marine Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society to attend the annual meeting in Madison, WI.
  • 2002-2006. Todd Gedamke's graduate studies funded by NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center.
  • 2002-2005. Thomas Ihde awarded a NOAA NMFS / Sea Grant Fellowship in Population Dynamics.
  • 2002-2005. John Walter awarded a NOAA NMFS / Sea Grant Fellowship in Population Dynamics.
  • 2002. Todd Gedamke awarded Honorable Mention - Student Paper at the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Baltimore MD.
  • 2002. Todd Gedamke awarded the Thurlow C. Nelson Award for Best Student Paper at the National Shellfish Association Meeting. Mystic, Connecticut.
  • 2002. John Walter received Honorable Mention - Best Paper Award. American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting. Baltimore MD.
Recent Awards to Dr. Hoenig
  • 2010-2011. Awarded a Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the University of Tasmania.
  • 2010. Awarded a research visiting fellowship by Tokyo University of Fisheries and Marine Technology.
Professional Memberships
  • American Fisheries Society
  • Biometric Society
  • American Statistical Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • New England Fishery Management Council, Science and Statistics Committee
  • Associate Editor, North American Journal of Fisheries Management
  • ASMFC Striped Bass Tagging Subcommittee
  • ASMFC Interstate Tagging Committee
  • Bi-State Blue Crab Advisory Committee
  • Chesapeake Bay Stock Assessment Committee
Additional Information
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