James Bence

James  Bence
  • William E. Ricker Professor of Fisheries and Management
  • Co-Director
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Quantitative Fisheries Center


Website: https://www.canr.msu.edu/people/james_bence


My position is part of the Partnership for Ecosystem Health and Management. My research is in the general area of quantitative fisheries with an emphasis on Great Lakes applications.  Recent work has focused on evaluation of age-structured stock assessment methods and use of simulation models to evaluate different harvest policies and other management choices.  My work has covered a broad range of topics including environmental impact assessments, bioenergetics applications, stock assessments and policy analyses for specific Great Lakes stocks, general assessment of methods, sea lamprey control/management, and population dynamics theory and modeling.  I teach a graduate course in fish population dynamics.  


  • Fishery stock assessment methods
  • Fishery management
  • Use of simulation tools in evaluating management strategies
  • Great Lakes fisheries
  • Environmetrics and environmental assessment
  • Population and community dynamics