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Seminar: Multi-stakeholder partnerships as a tool for recovering imperiled species...

USGS Georgia Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Unit Leader
Adjunct Professor

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Cecil Jennings


Campus address

Warnell 3-429


Ph.D. Forest Resources Conservation (Fisheries Science) University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
M.S. Wildlife Ecology (Fisheries Management Option) Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi
B.A. Biology, Natural Science, and Conservation Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Prior Positions:
Research Fisheries Biologist - Upper Midwest Environmental Science Center, La Crosse, WI

Fisheries Biologist - Virgin Islands Division of Fish and Wildlife, St. Thomas, VI


Recent Citations:

Roop, H. J., N. C. Poudyal, and C. A. Jennings. 2018. Efficacy of a passive use-estimation system for estimating fishing effort on a multi-lake fishery.  Fisheries Management and Ecology 2018;00:1–3.


Roop, H.J., N.C. Poudyal, and C. A. Jennings.  2018. Assessing angler effort, catch, and harvest on a multi-lake fishery in middle Georgia.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management (DOI) - 10.1002/nafm.10179 —


Jennings, C. A., G. E. Mitchell, C. Nelson. 2018. Seasonal Food Habits of Introduced Blue Catfish in Lake Oconee, Georgia.  Journal of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 5:39-45. —


Parr, R. T., Bringolf, R. B. and Jennings, C. A. 2018. Efficacy of Otoliths and First Dorsal Spines for Preliminary Age and Growth Determination in Atlantic Tripletails. Marine and Coastal Fisheries 10: 71–79. doi:10.1002/mcf2.10008

Sundmark, A. P. and C. A. Jennings. 2017. Influence of lake surface area and total phosphorous on annual bluegill growth in small impoundments of central Georgia.  Southeastern Naturalist 16(4):546-566.

Parr, R.T., C.A. Jennings, N.D. Denslow, K.J. Kroll, and R.B. Bringolf. 2016. Evaluation of reproductive status in Tripletail by traditional and non-lethal approaches.  Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science:8(1):16-22.

Homer, M.D., J. T. Peterson, and C. A. Jennings. 2015.  Evaluation of Three Aging Techniques and Back-calculated Growth for Introduced Blue Catfish from Lake Oconee, Georgia.  Southeastern Naturalist 14(4):740–756.

Kellock, K., B. E. Trushel, P. C. Ely, C.A. Jennings, and R. B. Bringolf.  2014. Survey of intersex Largemouth Bass Micropterus salmoides from impoundments in Georgia USA.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143:565-572.

Robinson, K. F. and C.A. Jennings. 2014. Productivity of functional guilds of fishes in managed wetlands in coastal South Carolina.  Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 5(1):70-86.

Robinson, K.F. and C.A. Jennings.  2014. A comparison of resident fish communities in managed and unmanaged coastal wetlands in North Carolina and South Carolina, USA.  Southeastern Naturalist 13:(2):237-260.

Boone, S. S., S. J. Divers, A. C. Camus, D. L. Peterson, C. A. Jennings, J. L. Shelton, & S. M. Hernandez.  2013.  Pathologic and Physiologic Effects Associated with Long-Term Intracoelomic Transmitters in Captive Siberian Sturgeon (Acipenser baerii).  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 33:869-877.

Boone, S. S., S. M. Hernandez, A. C. Camus, D. L. Peterson, C. A. Jennings, J. L. Shelton & S. J. Divers. 2013.  Evaluation of four suture materials for surgical incision closing in Siberian sturgeon.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society  142:649-659.

Jennings, C.A., B. L. Sloss, B. A. Lasee, G. J. Burtle, and G. R. Moyer. 2013.  Care, Handling, and Examination of Sampled Organisms.  Pp 163-221 in A. V. Zale, D. L. Parrish, and T. M. Sutton, editors.  Fisheries Techniques 3rd Edition.  American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD.Jennings, C. A., T. E. Lauer, and B. Vondracek, Editors. 2012.  Scientific Communication for Natural Resource Professionals.  American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, MD. 180 p.

Jennings, C. A.  2012.  Communicating science: from cuneiform to the contemporary and beyond.  pp 1-6. in C. A. Jennings, T. E. Lauer, and B. Vondracek (editors). Scientific Communication for Natural Resource Professionals. American Fisheries Society. Bethesda, MD. 180 p.

Dennerline, D.E., C.A. Jennings, and D.J. Degan. 2012. Relationships between hydroacoustic derived density and gill net catch: Implications for Fish Assessments. Fisheries Research 123-124: 78-89.

Robinson, K. F. and C. A. Jennings.  2012.  Maximizing Age-0 Spot export form a South Carolina estuary: an evaluation of coastal impoundment management via structured decision making.  Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 4(1):156-172.

Peterson, R. C., C. A. Jennings, and J. T. Peterson. 2012.  River discharge effects on abundance of age-0 redhorses (Moxostoma spp.) in the Oconee River, Georgia, USA, with implications for robust redhorse.  River Research and Application. 29:734-742.

Bonvehcio, T. F. and C. A. Jennings, and D. R. Harrison. 2011.  Diet and population metrics of the introduced blue catfish population in the Altamaha, River, GA.  Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 65:112-118.

Belcher, C. N. and C. A. Jennings. 2011. Identification and evaluation of sub-adult shark bycatch in Georgia’s commercial trawl fisheries.  Fisheries Management and Ecology 18:104-112.

Homer, M. D. Jr, and C. A. Jennings. 2011.  Historical catch, age structure, sizes, and relative growth for an introduced population of blue catfish in Lake Oconee, GA.  Pages 383-394 in P. H. Michaletz and V. H. Travnichek, editors.  Conservation, ecology, and management of catfish: the second international symposium.  American Fisheries Society, Symposium 77.  Bethesda, MD

Reinert, T. R. and C. A. Jennings. 2011.  Effect of egg sampling efficiency on estimates of historic striped bass egg production in the Savannah River Estuary, Georgia-South Carolina.  Proceedings of the Annual Conference of Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies 65:71-77.

Belcher, C.N. and Jennings, C. 2010. Utility of Mesohabitat Features for Determining Habitat Associations of Sub-adult Sharks in Georgia's Estuaries. Environmental Biology of Fishes 88:349-359.

Jennings, C. A., E. W. Dilts, J. S. Shelton and R. C. Peterson.  2010.  Fine sediment affects on survival to emergence of robust redhorse.  Environmental Biology of Fishes 87:43-53.

Jennings, C. A., and S. J. Zigler. 2010. Biology and life history of paddlefish in North America: an update.  Pages 1- 22 in C. P. Paukert and G. D. Scholten, Editors.  Paddlefish Management, Propagation, and Conservation in the 21st Century: Building from 20 years of Research and Management.  American Fisheries Society, Symposium 66.  Bethesda, MD.

Courses Regularly Taught:

Seminar: Improving Aquatic Connectivity - Science and Stakeholder Partnerships

Associate Professor, Fisheries

Contact Information

Pictured: Dr. James Shelton

Contact Dr. James Shelton


Campus address

Warnell 4-430
PhD, Auburn University - Fisheries Science
MS, Auburn University - Fisheries Science
BS, Nicholls State University - Marine Biology


Research Areas Detail:

Threatened aquatic species; water quality management in aquaculture and in fisheries biology.


WILD 3000, Intro to Fish and Wildlife Management

FANR 3200, Ecology of Natural Resources

FANR 3200L, Ecology of Natural Resources Lab

FISH 5360, Fisheries Management

FISH 5360L, Fisheries Management Lab

FISH 3900, Fisheries Internship

FISH 4650L, Fishes Field Lab

FANR 5690L, Natural Resources Management for Teachers

FISH(ECOL)(MARS)(WILD) 4550/6550-4550L/6550L, Sustainable Aquaculture/Sustainable Aquaculture Lab

Seminar: Environmental Governance: What Is It, How Do We Study It, and Why Should We Care

Assistant Professor, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability

Contact Information

a photo of jesse abrams

Contact Dr. Jesse Abrams


Campus address



B.A. Environmental Studies, New College, 1998
M.S., Forest Resources, Oregon State University, 2004
Ph.D., Forest Resources, Oregon State University, 2011

I was born in Florida and grew up on Florida's Gulf Coast. After receiving my undergraduate degree from New College in Sarasota, I ventured west, working for the National Park Service and in other conservation-oriented positions. I received my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Oregon State University, working at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in between. After receiving my doctoral degree in 2011, I spent two years as a visiting assistant professor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and five years as a research associate at the Ecosystem Workforce Program, Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon.

Curriculum Vitae:


Research Areas Detail:

My work on natural resource governance and policy spans diverse forest and rangeland environments from the United States to Argentina, focusing on the participation of local communities and local- to regional-scale organizations in environmental governance, policy implementation, and institutional change. Key themes in his scholarship include: adaptive, participatory, and network governance; co-management and co-production; alternatives to traditional state- and market-led approaches to conservation and development; and the dynamics of rural community engagement with natural resource stewardship and conservation. Recent research projects include: an investigation of the feedbacks between mountain pine beetle epidemics, policy and governance responses, and forest management strategies, an interdisciplinary investigation of the ecological and social implications of intensive bioenergy feedstock production across North and South America; an examination of the institutional design and outcomes of a community-based rangeland fire management program in Oregon and Idaho; and an investigation of the roles of intermediary organizations in rural community development and natural resource stewardship.

Recent Citations:

Abrams, J., E. Pischke, M. A. Mesa Jurado, A. Eastmond, C. Silva, and C. Moseley. Between environmental change and neoliberalism: The effects of oil palm production on livelihood resilience. Society and Natural Resources

Abrams, J., H. Huber-Stearns, M. Luviano Palmerin, C. Bone, M. Nelson, R.P. Bixler, and C. Moseley. 2018. Does policy respond to environmental change events? An analysis of mountain pine beetle epidemics in the western United States. Environmental Science and Policy 90: 102-109.

Abrams, J., E. Nielsen, D. Diaz, T. Selfa, E. Adams, J. Dunn, and C. Moseley. 2018. How do states benefit from non-state governance? Evidence from forest sustainability certification. Global Environmental Politics 18(3): 66-85.

Abrams, J., K. Wollstein, and E.J. Davis. 2018. State lines, fire lines, and lines of authority: Rangeland fire management and bottom-up cooperative federalism. Land Use Policy 75: 252-259.

Maier, C. and J. Abrams. 2018. Navigating constraints: A street-level perspective on national forest management in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Land Use Policy 70: 432-441.


I am interested in innovative approaches to teaching, including experiential and collaborative teaching approaches that can be used in place of or alongside traditional lecture and discussion formats.

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