John Horne

  • Professor, SAFS
  • Faculty, UW QERM Graduate Program
  • Faculty, Center for Quantitative Science

Research areas

My research focuses on distributions and dynamics of aquatic organisms in ecosystems, ranging from the near shore to the open ocean. Current or recent research projects include examining the influence of sampling tools on catch and acoustic data; spatial and temporal changes in pelagic communities at an ocean observatory in Monterey Bay; predator–prey interactions in the Columbia River plume, Gulf of Alaska, and Bering Sea; distributions of forage fish in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas; and developing sampling techniques and analytic tools for environmental monitoring at Marine Renewable Energy sites.

I use acoustic technologies combined with direct sampling techniques to understand the spatial structure, temporal dynamics, and abundance of aquatic organisms in relation to their environment. Projects in the laboratory range from the scale of an individual to that of a population and are geographically spread throughout the Pacific Northwest from Californian to Alaskan waters. Knowledge gained from these efforts is used to inform and improve resource management and environmental monitoring practices. The laboratory also collaborates with scientists at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center.


Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatic ecology
  • Fisheries acoustics
  • Marine renewable energy
  • Ocean observing
  • Predator–prey interactions

Community Engagement and Awards

Advisory Boards

  • Science Oversight Committee, RV Barnes Replacement
  • Council Member, Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean


  • 2014 Partners in Conservation Award, US DOI, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
  • 2006 Acoustical Society of America, Medwin Prize in Acoustical Oceanography

Selected publications

  • 2015. K. Williams, J. K. Horne, and A. E. Punt. Examining influences of environmental, trawl gear, and fish population factors on midwater trawl performance using acoustic methods. Fisheries Research 164: 94-101.

  • 2015. S. Kotwicki, J.K. Horne, A.E. Punt, and J.N. Ianelli. Factors affecting the availability of walleye pollock to acoustic and bottom trawl survey gear. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72: 1425-1439.

  • 2015. J. T. Duffy-Anderson, S. Barbeaux, E. Farley, R. Heintz, J. Horne, S. Parker-Stetter, C. Petrik, E.C. Siddon, and T.I. Smart. A review and ecological synthesis of the first year of life of walleye pollock (Gadus chalcogrammus) in the eastern Bering Sea and comments on implications for recruitment. Deep-Sea Research II (in press).

  • 2015. E. M. Logerwell, M. Busby, C. Carothers, S. Cotton, J. Duffy-Anderson, E. Farley, P. Goddard, R. Heintz, B. Holladay, J. Horne, S. Johnson, R. Lauth, L. Moulton, D. Neff, B. Norcross, S. Parker-Stetter, J. Seigle, and T. Sformo. Fish communities across a spectrum of habitats in the western Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea. Progress in Oceanography.

  • 2014. S. J. Barbeaux, J.K. Horne, and J.N. Ianelli. A novel approach for estimating location and scale specific fishing exploitation rates of eastern Bering Sea walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma). Fisheries Research 153: 69-82.