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Jason Hoverman

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Associate Professor Vertebrate Ecology
FORS Room 213
195 Marsteller Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Hoverman Aquatic Community Ecology Lab

Dr. Hoverman’s research program focuses on environmental stressors in aquatic ecosystems.  While the definition of ‘environmental stress’ varies considerably across disciplines and among researchers, it is clear that organisms must cope with natural (e.g., predators, pathogens, competitors) and anthropogenic (e.g., chemical contaminants, habitat loss) factors that exhibit spatiotemporal variation.  Dr. Hoverman’s research seeks to understand the separate and combined effects of natural and anthropogenic stressors at multiple scales of ecological organization (i.e. individuals to ecosystems).  To address his research interests, he utilizes freshwater aquatic systems (e.g., ponds, wetlands, and lakes) and their associated taxa (e.g., tadpoles, snails, insects, fish, parasites).  Within the framework of environmental stressors, he integrates research on predator-prey interactions, ecotoxicology, and disease ecology.  For more information about Dr. Hoverman’s research, visit his Aquatic Community Ecology Lab web site.

Awards & Honors

(2019) University Faculty Scholar. Purdue University.

(2017) Seed for Success Award. Purdue University.

(2013) George Mercer Award. Ecological Society of America.

Selected Publications

Rumschlag, S. L., Halstead, N. T., Hoverman, J. T., Raffel, T. R., Carrick, H. J., Hudson, P. J., & Rohr, J. R. (2019). Effects of pesticides on exposure and susceptibility to parasites can be generalised to pesticide class and type in aquatic communities. Ecology Letters, 22(6), 962-972. doi:10.1111/ele.13253

Hoverman, J. T., & Searle, C. L. (2016). Behavioural influences on disease risk: implications for conservation and management. Animal Behaviour, 120, 263-271. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.05.013

Gallagher, S. J., Tornabene, B. J., DeBlieux, T. S., Pochini, K. M., Chislock, M. F., Compton, Z. A., . . . Hoverman, J. T. (2019). Healthy but smaller herds: Predators reduce pathogen transmission in an amphibian assemblage. J Anim Ecol, 88, 1613–1624. doi:10.1111/1365-2656.13042

MacGowan, B., Hoverman, J. T., Burgmeier, N. G., & Walker, Z. (2017). Frogs and Toads of Indiana. 50.

Hoverman, J. T., & Relyea, R. A. (2016). Prey responses to fine-scale variation in predation risk from combined predators. Oikos, 125(2), 254-261. doi:10.1111/oik.02435

Abercrombie, S. A., De Perre, C., Choi, Y. J., Tornabene, B. J., Sepulveda, M. S., Lee, L. S., & Hoverman, J. T. (2019). Larval amphibians rapidly bioaccumulate poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, 178, 137-145. doi:10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.04.022

Hua, J., Jones, D. K., Mattes, B. M., Cothran, R. D., Relyea, R. A., & Hoverman, J. T. (2015). Evolved pesticide tolerance in amphibians: Predicting mechanisms based on mode of action and pesticide novelty. Environmental Pollution, 206, 56-63.

DeBlieux, T. S., & Hoverman, J. T. (2019). Parasite-induced vulnerability to predation in larval anurans. Dis Aquat Organ, 135(3), 241-250. doi:10.3354/dao03396

Brunner, J., Storfer, A., Gray, M., & Hoverman, J. (2015). Ranavirus ecology and evolution: From epidemiology to extinction. In Ranaviruses: Lethal pathogens of ectothermic vertebrates. New York, USA.: Springer.

Bourdeau, P. L., Butlin, R. K., Brönmark, C., Edgell, T., Hoverman, J. T., & Hollander, J. (2015). Phenotypic plasticity in aquatic gastropods: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Heredity, 115, 312-321.

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