Faculty & Staff
Jonathan M. Niles, Ph.D.
Mellon Grant Program Director
Office Location: Natural Sciences Center - Rm 222
PHD, West Virginia Univ Morgantown
MS, West Virginia Univ Morgantown
BA, Saint Marys College Maryland
Niles came to Susquehanna University in Fall 2010. He is a freshwater ecologist who focuses on the ecology of fish—particularly coldwater species, with a current emphasis on brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in the Appalachians. Niles studies the life history, behavior, habitat needs, and feeding ecology of brook trout in central West Virginia, central Pennsylvania, and northern Maine. His current research in Pa. is focused on 1) the impacts of human disturbance (logging, natural gas drilling) on biota (brook trout, benthic invertebrates) in headwater streams, and 2) the effects of flooding disturbance on headwater stream biota. Of particular emphasis is how the feeding ecology and movement of brook trout in these streams may change with increased anthropogenic activity. He has presented work in collaboration with SU students at regional and national conferences and published several articles in journals such as North American Journal of Fisheries Management, River Research and Applications, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. He recently gave an invited talk at the 2012 Ecological Society of America meeting titled "Marcellus Shale development in Pennsylvania and the emerging aquatic contamination concerns."
Niles has taught Introduction to Ecology; Ecology, Evolution, and Heredity; Systematic Biology He is a member of the Susquehanna River Heartland Coalition for Environmental Studies, also known as “The River Group.” He is a member of the American Fisheries Society, Society for Freshwater Science, and the Ecological Society of America. He serves as a faculty-in-residence at Susquehanna in the Scholar’s house. He is also the head coach and faculty advisor of the SU men's rugby team, and the assistant head coach and faculty advisor of the SU women's rugby team.