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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hao Yu

NE CASC Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Michigan State University

Research Interests

My primary research goal is directed toward understanding aquatic species distribution in response to the changing ecosystem using statistical models.  My interests involve applying and expanding statistical techniques to solve ecological problems in aquatic species spatial distribution, such as spatial autocorrelation, zero-inflation, and flawed sampling designs. 

Selected Publications

Bi, H., Yu, H., Pinchuk, A., and Harvey, R. 2015. Interannual summer variability in euphausiid populations on the eastern Bering Sea shelf during the recent cooling event (2008–2010). Deep Sea Research Part I 95:12-19.

Yu, H., Bi, H., Burke, B., Lamb, J., and Peterson, B. 2012. Spatial variations in the distribution of yearling spring Chinook salmon off Washington and Oregon using COZIGAM analysis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 465: 253–265. 


Ph.D.: Fisheries and Wildlife, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2010
M.S.: Fisheries Resources, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 2001
B.S.: Fisheries Resources and Management, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, 1998


Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 2019 to present
Assistant Professor, Tusculum University, Tusculum, TN, 2016 to 2019
Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland, 2010 to 2013