Jerald "Jerry" S. Ault

Associate Professor, Marine Biology and Fisheries
Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami
email: [email protected]

Jerry's research centers on theoretical and applied population and community dynamics for fishery assessment and management in tropical marine ecosystems. Requirements for fishery management have fundamentally changed so that fruitful areas of research now transcend the bounds of traditional assessment theory and new approaches must be explored. The fishery management system is a new approach to integrate quantitative techniques in population dynamics, sampling design, fish stock assessment, operations research, biometrics, numerical modeling, scientific visualization, and management science in a computer- based expert decision support system to provide cost-effective high-precision fish stock assessments and short-term fishery forecasts. In support of my analytical approach, I conduct regional fishery-independent field assessment studies on multispecies coral reef fish communities, pink shrimp, bonefish, tarpon, billfishes and tunas that are focused on the biophysical linkages reflected in fish ontogenetic migratory behaviors to better quantify optimal sampling surveys and define underlying empirical mechanisms in population dynamics and spatial grouping. I am also interested in exploring means of taking structure into account in population and community models and building spatially-explicit coupled biological-physical models of coastal ocean ecosystems both to understand the forces driving recruitment variability and to improve resource prediction and the prospects for sustainability.



  • (1977) A.A. San Diego Mesa College

  • (1979) B.S. Humboldt State University

  • (1982) M.S. Humboldt State University

  • (1988) Ph.D. University of Miami RSMAS

  • (1990) Post Doc. University of Maryland


  • Society for Sigma Xi

  • American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists

  • American Fisheries Society

  • American Statistical Association

  • Network of Tropical Fisheries Scientists

  • American Mathematical Association


  • South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Scientific and Statistical Committee

  • Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA/EPA)

  • United Nations Organization of Eastern Caribbean States

  • World Conservation Union, North American Sustainable Use Specialist Group (IUCN)

  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Statistical Advisory Panel


  • (2002) Best Publication Award-U.S. Department of Commerce Certificate of Achievement

  • (2001) Certified Fisheries Professional-American Fisheries Society

  • (2000) Best Scientific Paper Award-Florida Chapter American Fisheries Society

  • (1998) Fellow, American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists

  • (1998) Best Scientific Paper Award-ICES 9th Annual Science Conference

  • (1998) Best Scientific Paper Award-Florida Chapter American Fisheries Society

  • (1996) Sigma Xi-The Scientific Research Society

  • (1996) Best Publication Award-For paper published in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.

  • (1991) Best Scientific Paper Award-ICES 79th Statutory Meeting, LaRochelle, France

  • (1988) National Doctoral Dissertation Award-National Sea Grant

  • (1987) Koczy Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Marine Sciences-Outstanding Ph.D. Scholarship

  • (1986) Doctoral Research Award-American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists

  • (1986) Outstanding Scholar-REEF Foundation

  • (1985) Research Fellowship-International Light Tournament Tackle Association

  • (1985) Advanced Scientific SCUBA Divers Certification-American Assn. of Underwater Scientists

  • (1967) Third Place Award-American Legion National Essay Contest


Wang, J.D., Luo, J., and Ault, J.S. (2003). Flows, salinity and some implications on larval transport in south Biscayne Bay, Florida. Bulletin of Marine Science, in press

Ault, J.S., Luo, J., and Wang, J.D. (2003). A spatial ecosystem model to assess spotted seatrout population risks from exploitation and environmental changes. Chapter 15, Pages 267-296 in Biology of Spotted Seatrout. S. Bortone (ed.). CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Franklin, E.C., Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Luo, J., Meester, G.A., Diaz, G.A., Chiappone, M., Swanson, D.W., and Miller, S.L. (2003). Benthic habitat mapping in the Tortugas region, Florida. Marine Geodesy 26(1-2):19-34.

Franklin, E.C., Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., and Luo, J. (2002). Utilization of GIS in a fisheries assessment and management system. Chapter 5 pages 49-54 in Marine Geography: GIS for the Oceans and Seas (J. Breman, ed.). ESRI Press. Redlands, CA. 204 p.

Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Luo, J., Meester, G.A., Bohnsack, J.A., and Miller, S.L. (2002). Baseline multispecies coral reef fish stock assessments for the Dry Tortugas. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-487. 117 p.

Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Meester, G.A., Luo, J., Franklin, E.C., Bohnsack, J.A., Harper, D.E., McClellan, D.B., Miller, S.L., Chiappone, M., and Swanson, D.W. (2002). Synoptic habitat and reef fish surveys support establishment of marine reserves in Dry Tortugas, Florida USA. Reef Encounter 31 :22-23.

Meester, G.A., Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., and Mehrotra, A. (2001). Integration of simulation and operations research into spatial fishery management decision making. Sarsia 86 :543-558.

Lindeman, K.C., Kramer, P.A., and Ault, J.S . (2001). Comparative approaches to reef monitoring and assessment: an overview. Bulletin of Marine Science 69(2):335-338.

Miller, S.L., Chiappone, M., Swanson, D.W., Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Meester, G.A., Luo, J., Franklin, E.C., Bohnsack, J.A., Harper, D.E., and McCllelan, D.B. (2001). An extensive deep reef terrace on the Tortugas Bank, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Coral Reefs 20(3):299-300.

Chiappone, M., Miller, S.L., Swanson, D.W., Ault, J.S., and Smith, S.G. (2001). Comparatively high densities of long-spined sea urchins in the Dry Tortugas, Florida. Coral Reefs 20(2) :137-138.

Rubec, P.J., Smith, S.G., Coyne, M.S., White, M., Wilder, D., Sullivan, A., Ruiz-Cruz, R., MacDonald, T., McMichael, R.H., Henderson, G.E., Monaco, M.E., and Ault, J.S. class='c28'>(2001). Spatial modeling of fish habitat in Florida. Pages 1-18 in Spatial Processes and Management of Fish Populations. Alaska Sea Grant College Press. Fairbanks, AK. 750 p.

Diaz, G.A., Smith, S.G., Serafy, J.E. and Ault, J.S. (2001). Allometry of the growth of pink shrimp Farfantepenaeus duorarum in a subtropical bay. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 130(2):328-335.

Lindeman, K.C., Lee, T.N., Wilson, W.D., Claro, R., and Ault, J.S. (2001). Transport of larvae originating in southwest Cuba and the Dry Tortugas: evidence for partial retention in grunts and snappers. Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 52 :732-747.

Ault, J.S., Smith, S.G., Meester, G.A., Luo, J., and Bohnsack, J.A. (2001). Site Characterization for Biscayne National Park: assessment of fisheries resources and habitats. NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-468. 165 p.

Ault, J.S. (2000). Quantitative fish dynamics. The Quarterly Review of Biology 75(3):336.

Ault, J.S., Crosby, M.P., Davis, G., and Reese, E. (2000). Ecological assessments. Chapter 4, Pages 45-48 in Alternative Access Management Strategies for Marine and Coastal Protected Areas. U.S. Man and the Biosphere, Washington, DC. 168 p.

Lindeman, K.C., Pugliese, R., Waugh, G.T. and Ault, J.S. (2000). Developmental pathways within a multispecies reef fishery: management applications for essential habitats and marine reserves. Bulletin of Marine Science 66(3):929-956.

Humston, R., Ault, J.S., Lutcavage, M. and Olson, D.B. (2000). Schooling and migration of large pelagic fishes relative to environmental cues. Fisheries Oceanography 9(2) :136-146.

Glynn, P.W. and Ault, J.S. (2000). A biogeographic analysis and review of the far eastern Pacific coral reef region. Coral Reefs 19(1) :1-19.

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