David B Bunnell


I am a Research Fishery Biologist at the Great Lakes Science Center, and Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan.  I am the Principal Investigator (PI) for multiple projects that study community and ecosystem-level processes within the Great Lakes and at the global scale.  In short, my research seeks to understand the ecological factors (e.g., resources, climate, predation) that can explain or predict fish biomass, consistent with an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries science and management. 


Ph.D.       2002.  The Ohio State University; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Columbus, OH.  Dissertation Title: “Exploring mechanisms regulating recruitment of white crappie in Ohio reservoirs.” 

M.S.        1997.  Clemson University; Fisheries Biology, Clemson, SC.  Thesis title: “Diel movement of brown trout in a southern Appalachian river.”

B.S.          1995.  Centre College, Magna cum laude; Biology, Danville, KY. 


Professional Experience

October 2004 – present.  Research Fishery Biologist, USGS Great Lakes Science Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

August 2003 – October 2004.  Assistant Research Scientist, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Maryland.

August 2002 – August 2003.  Post-doctoral researcher, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Wheatley, Ontario.   

July 1997 – December 2002.  Graduate Research Associate, Ohio State University, Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, Columbus, Ohio. 

July 1995 – May 1997.  Graduate Research Associate, Clemson University Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Clemson, SC.