Ph.D., Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology – The Ohio State University
M.S., Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Science – Auburn University
B.S., Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Science – Auburn University

Professional experience

Jan. 2015 – Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2013 University Presidential Fellow, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Aug. 2008 – Dec. 2012 Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Jan. 2006 – Aug. 2008 Graduate Research Assistant, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
Aug. 2004 – Dec. 2005 Research Assistant I & II, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

honors and awards

—Best Student Presentation Award, Ohio Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, 2014 Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH
—Best Student Paper Symposium, American Fisheries Society, 144th Annual Meeting, Québec City, Québec, Canada, 2014
—Presidential Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2013
—Norman S. Baldwin Fisheries Science Scholarship, International Association of Great Lakes Research (IAGLR), 2012.
—The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, The Ohio State University, 2012
—John E. Skinner Memorial Travel Award, American Fisheries Society, 2008
—Best Student Paper Symposium, American Fisheries Society, 138th Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2008
—Environmental Education Scholarship, Legacy Inc., 2007
—Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture, Auburn University, 2007
—Terry Beasley #88 Scholarship, Auburn University, 2003
—Alpha Zeta, Honorary Fraternity in the College of Agriculture, Auburn University, 2002-2004
—College of Agriculture Ag Ambassador, Auburn University, 2001-2004

professional affiliations

—American Fisheries Society
—Ecological Society of America
—International Association of Great Lakes Research

research activities

My research interests intersect the basic and applied fields of aquatic ecology and fisheries and aquatic resource management. I am particularly interested in conducting research that combines empirical approaches (lab or field) with quantitative and modeling approaches to investigate processes regulating fish populations, communities and aquatic ecosystems.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Auburn University School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences working with Dr. Matt Catalano in the Quantitative Fisheries Laboratory. My postdoctoral research focuses on western Alaskan Chinook salmon populations, using Bayesian modeling approaches to quantify stock-specific run-timing and abundance in data-limited situations.

recent publications

  • Hellmann, J.K., I.Y. Ligocki, C.M. O’Connor, A.R. Reddon, T.M. Farmer, S.E. Marsh-Rollo, S. Balshine, and I.M. Hamilton. 2016. The influence of status and the social environment on energy stores in a social fish. Journal of Fish Biology. doi:10.1111/jfb.12890.
  • Farmer, T.M., E.A. Marschall, K. Dabrowski and S.A. Ludsin. Short winters threaten temperate fish populations. 2015. Nature Communications 6:7724 doi: 10.1038/ncomms8724
  • R. Kraus, C. Knight, T.M. Farmer, A.M. Gorman, G. Warren, P. Collingsworth, P. Kocovsky, J. Conroy. 2015. Dynamic hypoxic zones in Lake Erie compress fish habitat, altering vulnerability to fishing gears. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 72: 1-10.
  • Hellmann, J.K., C.M. O’Connor, I.Y. Ligocki, T.M. Farmer, T.J. Arnold, A.R. Reddon, K.A. Garvy, S.E. Marsh-Rollo, S. Balshine and I.M. Hamilton. 2015. Evidence for alternative male morphs in a Tanganyikan cichlid fish. Journal of Zoology. DOI: 10.1111/jzo.12222
  • Scavia, D., J.D. Allan, K.K. Arend, S. Bartell, D. Beletsky, N.S. Bosch, S.B. Brandt, R.D. Briland, I. DaloÄźlu, J.V. DePinto, D.M. Dolan, M.A. Evans, T.M. Farmer, D. Goto, H. Han, T.O. Höök, R. Knight, S.A. Ludsin, D. Mason, A.M. Michalak, R.P. Richards, J.J. Roberts, D.K. Rucinski, E. Rutherford, D.J. Schwab, T. Sesterhenn, H. Zhang and Y. Zhou. 2014. Assessing and addressing the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: central basin hypoxia. Journal of Great Lakes Research 40: 226-246.
  • DeVries, D.R., R.A. Wright, D.C. Glover, T.M. Farmer, M.R. Lowe, A.J. Norris and A.C. Peer. 2014. Largemouth bass in coastal estuaries: A comprehensive study from the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Alabama. Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society Symposium, Black Bass Diversity: Multidisciplinary Science for Conservation.
  • Farmer, T.M., D.R. DeVries, R.A. Wright and J.E. Gagnon. 2013. Using seasonal variation in otolith microchemical composition to indicate largemouth bass and southern flounder residency patterns across an estuarine salinity gradient. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 142: 1415-1429.
  • Lowe, M.L., S.A. Ludsin, B.J. Fryer, R.A. Wright, D.R. DeVries and T.M. Farmer. 2012. Response to “Comment on “Otolith Microchemistry Reveal Substantial Use of Freshwater by Southern Flounder in the Northern Gulf of Mexico” by Pedro Morais. Estuaries and Coasts 35: 107-110.
  • Farmer, T.M., R.A. Wright and D.R. DeVries. 2010. Mercury concentration in two estuarine fish populations across a seasonal salinity gradient. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 139: 1896-1912.