Jonah Bacon

Jonah Bacon


M.S. Student


2150 Koyukuk Drive
236 O'Neill Building
Fairbanks, AK 99775


University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
B.S. Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior





The one staple in my adolescent life was water. I grew up in a tiny town on the banks of the Mississippi River: Alma, Wisconsin. In the winters I would ice-fish and cross-country ski, and in the summers I would fish, boat, kayak, swim, and water ski. My love for water-based activities in my youth led me to pursue research and a bachelor’s degree centered around aquatic ecology from the University of Minnesota. From there, I transitioned to a graduate student appointment at the University of Alaska Fairbanks to increase my knowledge and research skills in the field of fisheries. In the future, I aim to pursue a career as a manager of freshwater resources for a state or federal agency in the Upper Midwest.


Career Goals

To work as a manager of freshwater resources for a federal or state governmental agency in the Upper Midwest.


  • Trophic interactions
  • Aquatic invasive species
  • Climate change


Research Overview

I am involved with the Beaufort Sea Nearshore Fish Monitoring Program, where I record fish species presence, abundance, and size data throughout the summer months to report on the quality of the fish community assemblage. This monitoring program has been ongoing since the early 1980s. My thesis research project will analyze gut contents as well as stable isotopes for several key fish species. In addition, I will perform multivariate analysis of long-term data to inform the trophic interactions occurring within the Beaufort Sea fish community.


Current research projects

  • Beaufort Sea Nearshore Fish Monitoring Project
  • Hindcasted thermal profiles of Minnesota lakes



  • American Fisheries Society


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