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Jason Hoverman

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Ecology
FORS Room 211
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

(2014) Bravo Award for Innovation/Creativity. Purdue University.

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

Selected Publications

Brunner, J., Storfer, A., Gray, M., & Hoverman, J. (in press). Host-pathogen ecology and evolution. In Ranaviruses: Lethal pathogens of ectothermic vertebrates.

Kimble, S., Karna, A., Johnson, A., Hoverman, J., & Williams, R. (in press). Mosquitoes as a potential vector of ranavirus transmission in terrestrial turtles. Ecohealth.

Sutton, W., Gray, M., Hoverman, J., Secrist, R., Super, P., Hardman, R., Tucker, J., . . . Miller, D. (in press). Trends in ranavirus prevalence among plethodontid salamanders in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Ecohealth.

Hoverman, J., Cothran, R., & Relyea, R. (2014). Generalist versus specialist strategies of plasticity: snail responses to predators with different foraging modes. Freshwater Biology, 59, 1101-1112. Retrieved from

Johnson, P. J., & Hoverman, J. (2014). Heterogeneous hosts: how variation in host size, behaviour and immunity affects parasite aggregation. Journal of Animal Ecology, 83, 1103-1112. Retrieved from

Preston, D., Boland, C., Hoverman, J., & Johnson, P. J. (2014). Natural enemy ecology: comparing the effects of predation risk, infection risk and disease on host behaviour. Journal of Animal Ecology, 28, 1472-1481. Retrieved from

Boone, M., Bishop, C., Boswell, L., Brodman, R., Burger, J., Davidson, C., Gochfeld, M., . . . Weir, S. (2014). Pesticide regulation amid the influence of industry. BioScience, 64, 917-922. Retrieved from

Orlofske, O., Jadin, R., Hoverman, J., & Johnson, P. J. (2014). Predation and disease: understanding the effects of predators at multiple trophic levels on pathogen transmission. Freshwater Biology, 59, 1064-1075. Retrieved from

Winzeler, M., LaGrange, S., & Hoverman, J. (2014). Ranaviruses: Emerging threat to amphibians. (FNR-485-W). Retrieved from

Wuerthner, V., & Hoverman, J. (2014). Salamanders in a world of pathogens. Retrieved from