My research is focused on population dynamics and fisheries management. I am interested in demographic responses to harvesting, factors affecting recruitment of fishes, stock assessment and quantitative methods, management policy evaluation, risk analysis, structured decision making and adaptive management, and the ecosystem-level effects of exploitation.
American Fisheries Society
Auburn Chapter, American Fisheries Society
Honors & Awards
Dean’s Grantsmanship Award, 2016, College of Agriculture, Auburn University.
Director’s Award for Research – Junior Faculty, 2016, College of Ag., Auburn University.
Dean’s Grantsmanship Award, 2015, College of Agriculture, Auburn University.
Dean’s Grantsmanship Award, 2014, College of Agriculture, Auburn University.
Honorable Mention, 2010, AT&T MSU Award Competition in Instructional Technology for online course: Maximum Likelihood Estimation for Natural Resources and Ecology, Michigan State University
Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2009, Program for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida
Best Student Presentation Award, 2009, Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Conference
Ph.D. Student of the Year Award, 2008, University of Florida, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Roger Rottmann Scholarship, Florida Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2008
Best Paper Award, 2007, North American Journal of Fisheries Management
University of Florida Alumni Fellowship, 2005-2009
Graduate Cum Laude, Miami University, 1997
Dorner, B., M. J. Catalano, R. M. Peterman. In press. Spatial and temporal patterns of covariation in productivity of Chinook salmon populations of the Northeastern Pacific. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Crow, J. C., Ostrand, K. G., Forstner, M. R.J., Catalano, M. and Tomasso, J. R. In press. Effects of nitrogenous wastes on survival of the Barton Springs salamander (Eurycea sosorum). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.
Staton, B. A., M. J. Catalano, T. M. Farmer, A. Abebe, F. S. Dobson. 2017. Development and evaluation of a migration timing forecast model for Kuskokwim River Chinook salmon. Fisheries Research 194: 9-21.
Sackett, D. K. and M. J. Catalano. 2017. Spatial heterogeneity, variable rewards, tag loss, and tagging mortality affect the performance of mark–recapture designs to estimate exploitation: an example using Red Snapper in the Northern Gulf of Mexico. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37(3): 558-573.
Feltz, N. G. and M. J. Catalano. 2017. Statistical catch-free age-structured assessment to estimate year-class strength for inland recreational fisheries: a Largemouth Bass example. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 37(1): 64-77.
Staton, B. A., M. J. Catalano, and S. J. Fleischman. 2017. From sequential to integrated Bayesian analyses: exploring the continuum with a Pacific salmon spawner-recruit model. Fisheries Research 186:237-247.
Jones, M. L., M. J. Catalano, L. K. Peterson, and A. M. Berger. 2016. Stakeholder-centered development of a harvest control rule for Lake Erie walleye Sander vitreus. In C. T. Edwards and D. J. Dankel, editors. Management science in fisheries: a practical introduction to simulation-based methods. Taylor and Francis.
Catalano, M. J. and M. H. Schaus. 2016. Harvest-induced size structure shifts alter nutrient release by a population of omnivorous fish. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 145:637-648.
Stoeckel, J, B. Helms, M.J. Catalano, J. Miller, K. Gibson, and P.M. Stewart. 2015. Field and model-based evaluation of a low-cost sampling protocol for a coordinated, crayfish life-history sampling effort. Freshwater Crayfish 21(1): 131-141.
Catalano, M.J. and M. A. Bozek. 2015. Influence of environmental variables on catostomid spawning chronology in a warmwater river. American Midland Naturalist 173: 1-16.
Catalano, M.J. and M. L. Jones. 2014. A simulation-based evaluation of in-season management tactics for anadromous fisheries: accounting for risk in the Yukon River fall chum salmon fishery. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 34: 1227-1241.
Tsehaye, I, M. J. Catalano, G. Sass, D. Glover, and B. Roth. 2013. Prospects for fishery-induced collapse of invasive Asian carp in the Illinois River. Fisheries 38: 445-454.
Fleischman, S. J. and M. J. Catalano. 2013. An age-structured state-space stock recruit model for Pacific salmon Oncorhynchus spp. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 70:401-414.
Allen, M. S., Rogers, M. W., Catalano, M. J., Gwinn, D. C., & Walsh, S. J. 2013. Assessing the potential for the angling of nesting males to influence largemouth bass recruitment should consider the quality of nesting individuals: response to comment. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, 142:419-421.
Catalano, M. J. and M. S. Allen. 2011. Exploring fish removal strategies for biomanipulation that account for uncertainty in the strength of density dependence of target species. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 31:1153-1162.
Allen, M. S., M. W. Rogers, M. J. Catalano, and D. G. Gwinn. 2011. Evaluating the potential for stock size to limit recruitment in largemouth bass. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 140:1093-1100.
Catalano, M. J. and M. S. Allen. 2011. A whole-lake density reduction to assess compensatory responses of gizzard shad. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:955-968.
Tetzlaff, J. C., M. J. Catalano, M. S. Allen, and W. E. Pine, III. 2011. Evaluation of two methods for indexing fish year-class strength: catch-curve residuals and cohort method. Fisheries Research 109: 303-310.
Catalano, M. J. and M. S. Allen. 2010. A size- and age-structured model to estimate fish recruitment, growth, mortality, and gear selectivity. Fisheries Research 105:38-45.
Catalano, M. J., M. S. Allen, M. H. Schaus, D. Buck, J. Beaver. 2010. Evaluating short-term effects of omnivorous fish removal on water quality and zooplankton at a subtropical lake. Hydrobiologia 165:159-169.
Bonvechio, K. I., M. J. Catalano, R. E. Sawyer, S. Crawford. 2009. Determining sample size for monitoring fish communities using electrofishing in three Florida lakes. Fisheries Management and Ecology 16:409-412.
Catalano, M. J., A. C. Dutterer, W. E. Pine, III, and M. S. Allen. 2009. Effects of variable mortality and recruitment on performance of catch-curve residuals as indicators of fish year class strength. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 29:295-305.
Allen, M. S., P. Brown, J. Douglas, W. Fulton, M. J. Catalano. 2009. An assessment of recreational fishery harvest policies for Murray cod in southeast Australia. Fisheries Research 95:260-267.
Binion, G. R., M. S. Allen, M. J. Catalano, W. E. Pine III. 2009. Direct and indirect estimates of black crappie size selectivity to a common sampling gear: potential biases and limitations for assessment. Fisheries Research 95:47-54.
De Brabandere, L., M. J. Catalano, T. K. Frazer, M. S. Allen. 2009. Stable isotope evidence of ontogenetic changes in the diet of gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum). Journal of Fish Biology 74:105-109.
Coggins, L. G., Jr., M. J. Catalano, M. S. Allen, W. E. Pine, III, and C. J. Walters. 2007. Effects of cryptic mortality and the hidden costs of using length limits in fishery management. Fish and Fisheries 8:196-210.
Catalano, M. J., M. A. Bozek, and T. D. Pellett. 2007. Effects of dam removal on fish assemblage structure and spatial distributions in the Baraboo River, Wisconsin. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 27:519-530.
Stanley, E. H., M. J. Catalano, N. Mercado-Silva, C. H. Orr. 2007. Effects of dam removal on brook trout in a Wisconsin stream. River Research and Applications 23:792-798.
Catalano, M. J., M. S. Allen, and D. J. Murie. 2006. Effects of variable flows on water chemistry gradients and fish communities in the Hillsborough River, Florida. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 26:108-118.
Catalano, M. J., S. R. Chipps, M. A. Bouchard, and D. H. Wahl. 2001. Evaluation of injectable fluorescent tags for marking centrarchid fishes: retention rate and effects on vulnerability to predation. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 21:911-917.