Jerald S. Ault, Ph.D., is a Professor of Marine Biology & Fisheries and Director of the Tarpon & Bonefish Research Center at the University of Miami, Florida. Ault is an internationally renowned fisheries scientist with expertise in theoretical and applied population dynamics, mathematical modeling, statistical assessment and decision-making under uncertainty.
An avid sportfisherman, Jerry is also a Fellow of American Institute of Fisheries Research Biologists (AIFRB) and American Fisheries Society, and on the Executive Board of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. He was editor of Biology and Management of the World Tarpon and Bonefish Fisheries by CRC Taylor & Francis (2008), and coauthored A Passion for Tarpon by Wild River Press (2010).
A particularly novel aspect of his Fisheries Ecosystem Modeling and Assessment Research group (FEMAR) is the development of large-scale coupled biophysical ocean ecosystem simulation models to assess multispecies coral reef and coastal sportfisheries resource sustainability risks from exploitation and environmental changes.
Ault’s fishery systems science approach is the recognized standard in the coral reef ecosystems of the Florida Keys, U.S. Caribbean and tropical Pacific Ocean. Jerry has provided expert testimony to the Florida Governor & Cabinet, the Hawaiian Legislature, International Council for Exploration of the Seas (Copenhagen), International Union for Conservation of Nature, and the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean. He is a scientific advisor to NOAA Fisheries, the National Park Service, and the Fishery Management Councils of Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Caribbean and Western Pacific regions. His research has been featured on CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, Good Morning America, NBC News with Brian Williams, Today Show, National Geographic, CNN, CNBC Squawk, Animal Planet, Outdoor Life Channel, Florida Sportsman TV, PBS Waterways, BBC UK, Voice of America TV, AMHQ with Sam Champion & numerous regional TV news broadcasts; and, in the Miami Herald, LA Times, London Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Reuters International and New York Times. He was named Hero of Conservation by Field & Stream Magazine (2006); and, received CCA’s and Tarpon Tomorrow’s Conservation Awards (2008). In 2010 he was featured on PBS’s Emmy® award-winning “Changing Seas” series. He received the Captain Bob Lewis Memorial Fisheries Conservation (2010), IGFA Conservation (2011), and AIFRB Distinguished Service (2013) Awards for his body of work in marine fisheries conservation and sport fishing.
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Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, J.A. Browder, W. Nuttle, E.C. Franklin, J. Luo, G.T. DiNardo, J.A. Bohnsack, Indicators for assessing the ecological dynamics and sustainability of southern Florida’s coral reef and coastal fisheries. Ecol. Indicat. (2014).
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