David "Bo" Bunnell

Adjunct Associate Professor


PhD, Ohio State University (evolution, ecology, and organismal biology)

MS, Clemson University (fisheries biology)

BS, Centre College (biology)

(734) 615-2604


David “Bo” Bunnell has been a Research Fishery Biologist at the USGS Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan since 2004. Trained as an Aquatic Ecologist, he is most interested in trophic interactions occurring between fish and their prey. He is interested in how these interactions are influence by anthropogenic stressors, such as nonindigenous species and climate change. Bunnell is also interested in life history strategies and how these can evolve to influence the population dynamics of managed fish species. Within the USGS Great Lakes Science Science, he is assigned to the Lake Michigan section, but am fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate on research questions across the Great Lakes basin.

  • 2001-2012: “Developing new strategies for the global assessment of inland fisheries and predicting the response of inland fisheries to regional climate change” Co-PIs: D. Bunnell, M.W. Rogers, D. Beard. USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Center. Total award: $536,393

  • “Development and correlation of physical process indices with inter-annual recruitment variability in Lake Michigan.” Great Lakes Fishery Commission. PI: C. Troy (Purdue U). Co-PIs: T. Hook and D. Bunnell. Total award: $211,341

  • “Exploring life history characteristics of naturalized versus stocked Chinook salmon”. Great Lakes Fishery Trust. PI: M. Rogers. Co-PI: D. Bunnell and P. Collingsworth. Total award: $256,107.

  • 2010-2011: “The effect of changing energy pathways on Lake Huron fish production”. Lead PI: D. Bunnell. Co-PIs: D. Warner, B. Davis, M. Rogers. Environmental Protection Agency, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Total award: $421,500.

  • 2011: “Facilitation of Ecopath modeling in the Great Lakes”. Lead PI: Mark Rogers. Co-PI: D. Bunnell. Great Lakes Fishery Commission. Total award: $9,645.

  • Special Thanks to Achieve Results (STAR) Award, USGS Great Lakes Science Center. Awarded for stint as Acting Western Basins Ecosystems Branch Chief (2009). 

  • USGS Leadership 101 course. Nominated to take weeklong class on leadership skills development (2007). 

  • STAR Award, USGS Great Lakes Science Center. Awarded for high research productivity (2006). 

  • USGS Leadership Coin. Awarded for leadership in starting GLSC-Center-wide Brown bag lunch seminar series (2006).

  • Honorable Mention, Best Student Paper Award. Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society, Mid-Year meeting, Jacksonville, FL (2001). 

Select publications: 
  • Rogers, M. W., D. B. Bunnell, C. P. Madenjian, and D. M. Warner.  In press.  Lake Michigan offshore ecosystem structure and food-web changes from 1987 to 2008.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

  • O’Malley, B. P., and D. B. Bunnell.  In press. Diet of Mysis diluviana reveals seasonal patterns of omnivory and consumption of invasive species in offshore Lake Michigan.  In review.  Journal of Plankton Research.  In press.

  • Bunnell, D. B., J. G. Mychek-Londer, and C. P. Madenjian.  In press.  Population-level effects of egg predation on a native planktivore in a large freshwater lake.  Ecology of Freshwater Fish  DOI: 10.1111/eff.12112

  • Bunnell, D. B., R. P. Barbiero, S. A. Ludsin, C. P. Madenjian, G. J. Warren, D. M. Dolan, T.O. Brenden, R. Briland, O.T. Gorman, J. X. He, T. H. Johengen, B. F. Lantry, T. F. Nalepa, S. C. Riley, C. M. Riseng, T. J. Treska, I. Tsehaye, M. G. Walsh, D. M. Warner, and B. C. Weidel. 2014. Changing ecosystem dynamics in the Laurentian Great Lakes: bottom-up and top-down regulation.  BioScience 64:26-39.

  • Collingsworth, P. D., D. B. Bunnell, C. P. Madenjian, and S. R. Riley. 2014.  Comparative population dynamics of alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and bloater (Coregonus hoyi) in Lakes Michigan and Huron.  Transactions of the American Fisheries Society 143: 294-309.

  • Associate Editor, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (2007 – present).
  • Invited member, Science Advisory Board to the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, Review full proposals submitted to the Great Lakes Fishery Trust and recommend funding in excess of $1 million (2013-present).
  • Invited presenter, Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Summit, which was a meeting of stakeholders and managers interested in improved understanding of the scientific underpinnings of management decisions for Lake Michigan yellow perch. Chicago, IL (2014).

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