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Jason Hoverman

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Associate Professor 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.

Selected Publications

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

Hua, J., Buss, N., Kim, J., Orlofske, S. A., & Hoverman, J. T. (2016). Population-specific toxicity of six insecticides to the trematode Echinoparyphium sp. Parasitology, 143, 542-550.

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

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.

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.

Hua, J., Jones, D. K., Mattes, B. M., Cothran, R. D., Relyea, R. A., & Hoverman, J. T. (2015). The contribution of phenotypic plasticity to the evolution of insecticide tolerance in amphibian populations. Evolutionary Applications, 8, 586-596.

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

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

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