Roy Stein

Professor Emeritus
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Research Interests

Community ecology in aquatic ecosystems. Especially interested in how major ecological processes, such as competition, predation, and keystone species structure freshwater food webs.
 

Professional Experiences

Teaching Assistant, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University;
1971-75, Research Assistant, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin;
6/72-12/72, 6/73, Participating Scientist -Smithsonian, Skadar Lake, Yugoslavia;
1976, Instructor, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin;
1976-82, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University;
1982-87, Associate Professor, Department of Zoology, The Ohio State University;
1987-present, Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University;
2004-present, Senior Fishery Biologist, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
 

Editorial Experiences

Associate Editor, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 1979-81;
Associate Editor, American Midland Naturalist, 1986-1988;
Editorial Board, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 1987-1990;
Associate Editor, Ecological Applications, 1994-1996;
North American Editor, Ecohydrology and Hydrobiology.
 

Presidential Appointment

United States Commissioner and Vice Chair, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
 

Grants

Twelve multiple-year grants from the National Science Foundation since 1977 ($1M); seventeen multi-year grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources since 1978 ($4.5M).
 

Major Awards

2003 College of Biological Sciences, Research and Graduate Studies Award
1995 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
1995 Distinguished Graduate, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1992 Excellence in Fisheries Education by the American Fisheries Society
1986 Distinguished Service Award-American Fisheries Society
1984 Distinguished Service Award-OSU Council of Graduate Students
1982 Sigma Xi Research Award
 

Current Support

GREAT LAKES FISHERY COMMISSION

Strategic research issues facing the Great Lakes. 2002-2005, $80K
 

OHIO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE

Aquatic ecology basic service, 1994-present, Principal Investigator, $1.35M
Exploring mechanisms regulating crappie populations in Ohio reservoirs, 1998-present, Principal Investigator, $575K
Exploring ecological mechanisms underlying recruitment of smallmouth bass in Lake Erie, 1998-present, Co-Principal Investigator, $535K
Quantifying interactions between stocked saugeye and prey fishes in Ohio reservoirs. 2002­present, Principal Investigator, $212K
 

Selected Publications

58. Stein, R.A., D.R. DeVries, and J.M. Dettmers 1996. Food-web regulation by a planktivore: Exploring the generality of the trophic cascade. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 52:2518-2526.

63. Stein, R.A., M. T. Bremigan, and J. M. Dettmers. 1996. Understanding reservoir systems with experimental tests of ecological theory: a prescription for management. Pages 12-22 in L.E. Miranda and D.R. DeVries, editors. Multidimensional Approaches to Reservoir Fisheries Management. American Fisheries Society Symposium 16.

67. Mion, J.B., R.A. Stein, and E.A. Marschall. 1998. River discharge drives differential survival of larval walleye. Ecological Applications 8:88-103.

68. Garvey, J.E., N.A. Dingledine, N.S. Donovan, and R.A. Stein. 1998. Exploring spatial and temporal variation within reservoir food webs: Predictions for fish assemblages. Ecological Applications 8:104-120.

69. Lodge, D.M., R.A. Stein, K.M. Brown, A.P. Covich, C. Bronmark, and J.E. Garvey. 1998. Predicting the impact of freshwater exotic species on native biodiversity: challenges in spatial and temporal scaling. Australian Journal of Ecology 23: 53-67.

71. Garvey, J.E., and R.A. Stein. 1998. Linking bluegill and gizzard shad assemblages to growth of age-0 largemouth bass in reservoirs. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 127:70-82.

72. Garvey, J.E., R.A. Wright, and R.A. Stein. 1998. Overwinter growth and survival of age-0 largemouth bass: testing a recruitment paradigm. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 55:2414-2424.

75. Kershner, M.W., D.M. Schael, R.L. Knight, R.A. Stein, and E.A. Marschall. 1999. Modeling sources of variation for growth and predatory demand of Lake Erie walleye, 1986-1995. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 56:527-538. Lead article.

78. Bremigan, M.T., and R.A. Stein. 1999. Larval gizzard shad success, juvenile effects, and reservoir productivity: toward a framework for multi-system management. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 128: 1106-1124.

79.Garvey, J.E., R.A. Wright, R.A. Stein, and K.H. Ferry. 2000. Evaluating how local- and regional-scale processes regulate growth of age-0 largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 129:1044-1059.

81. Ludsin, S.A., M.W. Kershner, K.A. Blocksom, R.L. Knight, and R.A. Stein. 2001. Life after death in Lake Erie: nutrient controls drive fish species richness, rehabilitation. Ecological Applications 11:731-746.

82. Bremigan, M.T. and R.A. Stein. 2001. Variable gizzard shad recruitment with reservoir productivity: causes and implications for classifying systems. Ecological Applications 11:1425-1437.

83.Garvey, J.E., R.A. Stein, R.A. Wright, and M.T. Bremigan. 2002. Largemouth bass recruitment in North America: Quantifying underlying ecological mechanism along environmental gradients, Pages 7-21. D. Philipp and M.S. Ridgway, editors. Black bass: ecology, conservation and management. American Fisheries Society Symposium 31, Bethesda, Maryland.

86. Bunnell, D.B., M.A. Gonzalez, and R.A. Stein. 2003. Zooplankton enhances growth but not survival of first-feeding Pomoxis spp. larvae. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60:1314-1323.

87. Garvey, J.E., J.E. Rettig, R.A. Stein, D.M. Lodge, and S.P Klosiewski. 2003. Impact of fish predation and littoral habitat on lake-wide distributions of native and exotic crayfishes. Ecology 84: 3339-3348.

88. Steinhart, G.B., E.A. Marschall, and R.A. Stein. 2004. Round goby predation on smallmouth bass offspring in nests during experimental catch-and-release angling. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 133:121-131.

90. Vanni, M.J., D.B. Bunnell, M.T. Bremigan, J.E. Garvey, M.J. Gonzalez, W.H. Renwick, P.A. Soranno, and R.A. Stein.  2005. Linking landscapes and food webs: Interactive effects of omnivorous fish and watersheds on reservoir ecosystems along a gradient of productivity.  BioScience 55:155-167.

91. Steinhart, G.B., M.E. Sandrene, S. Weaver, R.A. Stein, and E.A. Marschall. 2005.  Parental care cost for a nest-guarding fish increases in response to a hyper-abundant nest predator. Behavioral Ecology 16:427-434.

92. Bunnell, D.B., M.A. Scantland, and R.A. Stein. 2005.  Testing for evidence of maternal effects among individuals and populations of white crappie.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 134:607-619.

94.  Steinhart, G.B., N.J. Leonard, R.A. Stein, and E.A. Marschall. 2005.  Effects of storms, angling, and nest predation during angling on smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieu) nest success.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 62:2649-2660.

95. Sieber-Denlinger, J.C., R.S. Hale, and R.A. Stein.  2006.  Seasonal consumptive demand and prey use by stocked saugeye in Ohio reservoirs.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 135:12-27.

96. Bunnell, D.B., R. Scott Hale, and R.A. Stein. 2006. Predicting crappie recruitment in Ohio reservoirs with spawning stock size and larval density.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:1-12.

97.  Stein, R.A., and C. I. Goddard. Reconciling fisheries with rehabilitation in the Laurentian Great Lakes, World Fisheries Congress publication, accepted with revision, 18 text pages.

98. Vanni, M.J., A.M. Bowling, E.M. Dickman, R.S. Hale, K.A. Higgins, M.J. Horgan, , L.B. Knoll, W.H. Renwick, and R.A. Stein.  2006.  Nutrient cycling by omnivorous fish supports an increasing proportion of lake primary production as ecosystem productivity increases.  Ecology 87:1696-1709.

99. Stein, R.A. and C.C. Krueger. 2006. Cooperative research in the Great Lakes: Exploring characteristics of success.  Pages 169-171 in A. N. Read and T. W. Hartley, editors. Partnerships for a common purpose: cooperative fisheries research and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 52, Bethesda, Maryland.

100. Krueger, C.C., and R.A. Stein.  2006.  Cooperative management in the Great Lakes: Exploring characteristics of success.  Pages 193-196 in A.N. Read and T.W. Hartley, editors. Partnerships for a common purpose: cooperative fisheries research and management. American Fisheries Society, Symposium 52, Bethesda, Maryland.

101. Southward, L.R., E.A. Marschall, C. Folt, and R.A. Stein.  In press. How non-native species in Lake Erie influence trophic transfer of mercury and lead to top predators.  27 text pages, 4 tables, 6 figures, Journal of Great Lakes Research, October 16, 2006.

Areas of Expertise
  • Community Ecology in Aquatic Ecosystems
Education
  • M.S. Oregon State University, 1971.
  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1975.
  • B.S. University of Michigan, 1969.

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