Coastal Finfish Section
Marine Resources Research Institute
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
217 Fort Johnson Road
Charleston, SC, 29412
Ph.D., 2011, Old Dominion University
Research emphasis: Fish life history and population dynamics; fish biology/ecology; fisheries science/management
Current and planned research projects:
- life history and population dynamics of reef fish species (e.g. black sea bass, scamp, red snapper, etc.) off the South Atlantic coast of the U.S.
- comparison of the population dynamics of sheepshead from Chesapeake Bay and South Carolina and the development of preliminary management advice for both regions
- development of standardized abundance indices for U.S. South Atlantic reef fish species
- use of molecular techniques to assess future reproductive potential of reef fish species
- use of otolith microchemistry to investigate the life history of U.S. South Atlantic reef fish species
- development of novel techniques to improve the precision of age estimates
- Ballenger, J.C., H. Liao, and C.M. Jones. In Review. Evaluation of age and growth of sheepshead from the Chesapeake Bay region, Virginia reveals significant differences with other regions. Marine and Coastal Fisheries.
- Ballenger, J.C. and C.M. Jones. In Preparation. Reproduction in sheepshead from the US mid-Atlantic region. Marine and Coastal Fisheries.
- Ballenger, J.C. and C.M. Jones. In Preparation. Mortality and yield-per-recruit analyses of Chesapeake Bay region sheepshead and management implications. Marine and Costal Fisheries.
- Ballenger J.C., M. Reichert, and J. Stephen. 2011. Use of MARMAP age compositions in SEDAR-25 – Methods of addressing sub-sampling concerns from SEDAR-2 and SEDAR-17. SEDAR-25 Review Workshop Document 07, 5 pp.
- Lamkom, T., H. Kucuktas, Z. Liu, P. Li, U. Na-Nakorn, S. Klinbunya, A. Hutson, A. Chaimongkol, J. Ballenger, G. Umali, and R.A. Dunham. 2008. Microsatellite variation among domesticated populations of channel (Ictalurus punctatus) and blue catfish (I. furcatus). Kasetsart University Fisheries Research Bulletin 32(2): 37 – 47.