Associate Professor

Byron Ballard - Computer Science

Contact Info

Institution: Ball State University

Phone: (765) 285-8812

Address: Cooper Life Science Building, CL 121, Muncie, Indiana 47306, US


Research Disciplines

  • Aquatic Biology/Ichthyology

  • Ecology

  • Exotic Species

  • Fisheries Management

  • Citizen Science

Research Interests

Angler behavior, Smartphone apps as a source fisheries data




I joined Ball State as an Assistant Professor in August 2017 after 6 years in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota (the last month of which I served as Associate Professor with tenure). I was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in summer 2020, and direct the Environmental Sciences PhD program. My research combines experimentation, field data, modeling, and theory to examine how temperature, habitat, life history, and human disturbance (e.g., climate change, habitat alteration, exploitation) shape the population dynamics of fishes that are of commercial, recreational, or conservation value. Although much of my research has focused on inland recreational fisheries, my experience and expertise extend to marine and commercial fisheries. I am increasingly interested in smartphones as an opportunity to efficiently collect conventional and novel data about the resource and its users, and to engage anglers through citizen science. My lab published the first analysis of angler smartphone application data. Current research focuses on the benefits and limitations of smartphone data, developing standards, and laying the groundwork for a diversity of applications (e.g., fisheries monitoring, invasive species management, climate change impacts).


  • Ph.D.               2009    University of Toronto             Fish and Fisheries
  • M.Sc.              2003    University of Alberta              Aquatic Biology
  • B.S.                 2000    York University                      Environmental Science