Dr. Jill B. K. Leonard

Professor
2115 New Science
Phone (906) 227-1619
Email: jileonar@nmu.edu



Research Web Page

Education

B.S.   Biology, College of William and Mary 1989
M.S.  Marine Biochemistry and Biology, University of Delaware 1992
Ph.D. Biology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1997
NSF International Postdoctoral Fellow Hokkaido University Japan 1997-1999
USDA Postdoctoral Reseacher, USDA-ARS Stoneville MS 1999-2000
Biology Department Northern Michigan University 2000-present

Research Interests

My research is in the area of fish biology, particularly in the physiological ecology of fish migration.  While I am interested in all areas of fish migration, in recent years my laboratory has focused on the restoration of coaster brook trout, a migratory strain, to Lake Superior tributaries.  We are interested in the factors that elicit migratory behavior in brook trout as well as what physiological capabilities are necessary to support this life history.  This has recently included basic telemetry work, diet analysis, population estimation, growth and condition analysis, competitive interactions, and the effect of available summer and winter habitat. Researchers in my lab also work on a variety of other projects including sea lamprey movements and physiology, fish community ecology, and the role of round goby in the emerging botulism type-E story as it impacts Great Lakes waterbirds.

Teaching

I teach a variety of classes within the Biology Department, primarily for those students interested in natural resources and ecology.  These courses include:

Ecology Theory & Methods (BI 310)
Limnology (BI 411)
Fisheries Management (BI 441)
Ichthyology (BI 460)
Ecological Animal Physiology (BI 427)
Introductory Marine Biology (BI 350)
Field Experimental Marine Biology (BI 495)

Selected Publications

  • Kusnierz, P.C., S.P. Stimmell, J.B.K. Leonard (2009) Movement and growth indicators in resident and adfluvial coaster brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in the Hurricane River, Lake Superior, Michigan, USA. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 35:385-391.

  • Huckins, C.J., E.A. Baker, K.D. Fausch, J.B.K. Leonard (2008) Ecology and Life History of Coaster Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis and Potential Bottlenecks in Their Rehabilitation. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28(4):1321-1342.

  • Leonard, J.B.K., M. Iwata and H. Ueda (2002) Seasonal changes in hormones and metabolic enzymes in adult lacustrine sockeye (Oncorynchus nerka) and masu (O. masou) salmon.  Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 25: 153-163.

  • Plisetskaya, E.M., V.M. Bondareva, J.B.K. Leonard, M. Conlon, T.P. Mommsen and J.T. Silverstein (2002) Measurement of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) plasma insulin in species-specific radioimmunoassay. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry: 25:71-80.

  • Leonard, J.B.K. and S.D. McCormick. (2001) Metabolic enzyme activity during smolting in stream- and hatchery-reared Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences: 58:1585-1593

  • Silverstein, J.T., V.M. Bondareva, J.B.K. Leonard and E.M. Plisetskaya. (2001) Neuropeptide regulation of feeding in fish: A role for glucagons-like peptide. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 129(2-3):623-631

  • Leonard, J.B.K., G.C. Waldbieser and J.T. Silverstein.(2001) Neuropeptide Y (NPY) sequence and mRNA distribution in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus). Marine Biotechnology: 3:111-118.

  • Ueda, H., Leonard, J.B.K. and Naito, Y. (2000) Physiological biotelemetry research on the homing migration of salmonid fishes.  In Advances in Fish Telemetry (Moore, A. & Russell, I., eds.)  CEFAS, Lowestoft, UK. 264pp.

  • Leonard, J.B.K., D.R. Leonard and H. Ueda. (2000). Active metabolic rate of masu salmon  (Oncorhynchus masou) determined by respirometry.  Fisheries Science, 66:481-484.