Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Wisconsin Fishery
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Wisconsin Fishery Staff Member


Dr. Jared Homola

Jared Homola

Assistant Unit Leader
Email: jhomola@usgs.gov
Faculty Email: jhomola@uwsp.edu

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Education

  • Ph D University of Maine 2018
  • MS Grand Valley State University 2013
  • BS Michigan State University 2010

Biography

Dr. Homola earned graduate degrees from Grand Valley State University and University of Maine and then served as a post-doctoral fellow at Michigan State University before becoming the Assistant Unit Leader of the Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit in 2021. As director of the Molecular Conservation Genetics Laboratory at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, his research program addresses Unit cooperator needs using a variety of genomic, bioinformatic, and statistical tools. While working primary on fishes of the Great Lakes basin and upper Midwest, Dr. Homola also has research experience on species ranging from bacteria and viruses to birds, reptiles, and amphibians. He is particularly interested in understanding ecological and evolutionary responses to environmental pressures, including land use change, climate change, disease, and harvest. Dr. Homola teaches graduate-level courses on conservation genetics and R programming for Natural Resource managers, while often providing guest lectures focused on conservation genetics topics to undergraduate classes and campus organizations.

Areas of Expertise

Adaptive Management, Anthropogenic Impacts, Aquatic Ecology, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation - General, Conservation Genetics and Genomics, Ecology - General, Evolutionary Ecology, Fisheries Management/Conservation, Invasive Species, Species Management/Conservation, Stream Ecology, Urban Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Wildlife Management/Conservation, eDNA

Taxon Groups Studied

Amphibians, Anadromous Fishes, Freshwater Fishes, Gamefish, Nongame Fish/Wildlife, Reptiles, Salmonids, Species of Greatest Conservation Need

Research Publications Publication Date
Homola, J.J., C.S. loftin, K.M. Cammen, C.C. Helbing, I. Birol, T.F. Schultz, and M.T. Kinnison. 2019. Replicated landscape genomics identifies evidence of local adaptation to urbanization in wood frogs. Journal of Heredity 110:707-719. DOI: 10.1093/jhered/esz041 October 2019
Homola, J.J., C.S. Loftin, and M.T. Kinnison. 2019. Landscape genetics reveals unique and shared effects of urbanization for two sympatric pool-breeding amphibians. Ecology and Evolution. 9:11799-11823. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5685 October 2019
Homola, J.J. and J.M. Vander Zanden. 2022. USGS-Wisconsin Cooperative Fishery Research Unit Contribution to Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Fisheries Working Group Report. Climate change will amplify the spread and impact of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts Fisheries Working Group Report which is produced on a periodic basis. February 2022
Krause, Alicia
Master's
akrau335@uwsp.edu

Simmons, Levi
Master's
lsimm290@uwsp.edu

Thometz, Andrew
Master's
27thometz@gmail.com

Presentations Presentation Date
Shi, Y., J.J. Homola, P.T. Euclide, and W.A. Larson. March 2022. Genomics reveals influence of adaptative divergence on Lake Michigan lake whitefish stock structure. Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. March 2022
Shi, Y., J.J. Homola, P.T. Euclide, and W.A. Larson. 2022. Genomics reveals influence of adaptative divergence on Lake Michigan lake whitefish stock structure. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Virtual Meeting. February 2022
Shi, Y., J.J. Homola, P.T. Euclide, and W.A. Larson. 2022. Genomic analysis of stock structure and habitat occupancy for Lake Michigan’s lake whitefish. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Grand Rapids, Michigan. May 2022
Ruppert, O., J.D. Robinson, J.J. Homola, J.A. Moore, Y.M. Lee, and K.T. Scribner. 2022. Identification of critical herpetofauna wetland habitat using eDNA metabarcoding. The Wildlife Society’s 29<sup>th</sup> Annual Conference, Spokane, Washington. November 2022
Ruppert, O., J.D. Robinson, J.J. Homola, J.A. Moore, Y.M. Lee, and K.T. Scribner. 2022. Applications of eDNA metabarcoding to identify critical wetland habitat for Great Lakes herpetofauna. Michigan State University Fisheries and Wildlife Graduate Student Organization Symposium. East Lansing, Michigan. February 2022
J.J. Homola, S.R. Smith, B. Lorencen, J.D. Robinson, and K.T. Scribner. March 2021. Geometric morphometrics and genomics reveal rapid adaptation to novel environments in the invasive range of round gobies. Annual Meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Virtual. March 2021
J.J. Homola, M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2016. Comparative population structure of vernal pool amphibians across a changing landscape. Poster. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Orono, ME. 23 March. March 2016
Izzo, L., D. Isermann, D. Dembkowski, T. Binder, T. Hayden, J. Homola, C. Vandergoot, S. Hansen, D. Caroffino, and C. Krueger. May 2022. Telemetry, genomics, and conventional tagging inform lake whitefish management in northwestern Lake Michigan. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting. Grand Rapids, Michigan. May 2022
Homola, J.J., S.L. Belknap, K.R. Tanaka, C.S. Loftin, and M.T. Kinnison. 2017. Differential gene expression associated with epizootic shell disease infection in wild-caught American lobster. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Tampa, FL. 20-24 August. August 2017
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2018. Landscape genetics reveals differing effects of urbanization for two sympatric pool-breeding amphibian species. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Freshwater Science, 20-24 May, Detroit, MI. May 2018
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2017. Comparative population structure of two pool breeding amphibian species in an urbanizing landscape. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Evolution, Portland, OR, 23-27 June. June 2017
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2017. Comparative landscape genetics of two vernal pool amphibians in an urbanizing landscape. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Wetland Scientists, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 5-8 June. June 2017
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2016. Comparative population structure of vernal pool amphibians across a changing landscape. Presentation at the Northeast Natural History Conference, Springfield, MA. April 2016
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2016. Comparative population structure of vernal pool amphibians across a changing landscape. Presentation at the Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Orono, ME. 23 March. March 2016
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2016. Comparative population structure of vernal pool amphibians across a changing landscape. Oral presentation at the University of Maine Graduate and Undergraduate Research Symposium, Bangor, ME. 27 April 27. April 2016
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2015. Ecoevolutionary responses of spatially structured species experiencing climatic changes. Harold W. Borns Symposium, University of Maine, Orono, ME, 9-10 April. April 2015
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2015. Comparative population structure of vernal pool amphibians in a developing landscape. 71st Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference, 19-21 April, Newport, RI. April 2015
Homola, J.J., M.T. Kinnison, and C.S. Loftin. 2015. Adapting to transforming environments: consequences of climate change and urbanization on vernal pool amphibians. Maine Association of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting, Brunswick, ME, 24 March. March 2015
Homola, J.J., K.M. Cammen, C.S. Loftin, C.C. Helbing, I.Birol, T.F. Schultz, and M.T. Kinnison. 2018. Replicated landscape genomic study design identifies evidence of local adaptation to urbanization in a pool-breeding amphibian species. Presentation at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, 5-10 August, New Orleans, LA. August 2018
Homola, J. J., T.M. Waring, C.S. Loftin, and M.T. Kinnison. 2019. Effects of landscape spatial and temporal autocorrelation on likelihood of population recovery following environmental change. Presentation at the 2019 Evolution meeting, 21-25 June, Providence, RI. June 2019
Foley, K., J.K. Raabe, J.J. Homola, and T.P. Parks. 2022. Evaluating brook trout connectivity and spring pond use within the Plover River system, Wisconsin. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Virtual Meeting. February 2022
Davis, R.P., Simmons, L.M., Homola, J.J., Shaw, S.L., Sass, G.G., Isermann, D.A., and W. A. Larson. May 2022. Analyzing patterns in parental reproductive success in walleye <i>Sander vitreus</i> using genetic parentage analysis in Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin. Joint Aquatic Science Meeting. Grand Rapids, Michigan. May 2022
Albosta, P.M., and Homola, J.J. February 2022. Applications of parentage-based tagging in stocking evaluations. Wisconsin Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. Virtual Meeting. February 2022
Adams, N.E., J.J. Homola, J.D. Robinson, and K.T. Scribner. 2022. Genetic structure and multiple paternity in invasive Red Swamp Crayfish in southeastern Michigan, USA. Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics Conference. Pacific Grove, California. June 2022
Technical Publications Publication Date
Yen, T.Y., K.T. Scribner, J.A. Crossman, P.S. Forsythe, E.A. Baker, J. Kanefsky, J.J. Homola, and C. Davis. 2011. Relative larval loss among females during dispersal of lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). Environmental Biology of Fishes 91:459-469. August 2011
Homola, J.J., K.T. Scribner, R.F. Elliott, M.C. Donofrio, J. Kanefsky, K.M. Smith, and J.N. McNair. 2012. Genetic assessment of natural inter-population straying rates for spawning populations of lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens across the Lake Michigan basin. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 141:1374-1388. August 2012
Homola, J.J., K.T. Scribner, E.A. Baker, and N.A. Auer. 2010. Genetic assessment of straying rates of wild and hatchery reared lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) in Lake Superior tributaries. Journal of Great Lakes Research 36:798-802. December 2010
Homola, J.J., J. Kanefsky, K.T. Scribner, T.G. Kalish, and M.A. Tonello. 2012. Genetic identification of two putative world record Michigan salmonids resolves stakeholder and manager questions. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38:176-179. March 2012
Homola, J.J., C.R. Ruetz III, S.L. Kohler, and R.A. Thum. 2014. Weak effects of a microsporidian parasite on a benthic fish in Michigan streams. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 71:915-926. June 2014