Jonathan Harvey

Dr Jonathan Harvey

Senior Lecturer in Fisheries Science

Faculty of Science and Engineering

01482 466435

Programme Leader for BSc Ecology and Environment, BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology and BSc Aquatic Zoology. 

Dr Jon Harvey has more than 20 years’ experience in fisheries management within freshwater bodies.

His research and consultancy work includes rehabilitation techniques for freshwater fisheries, environmental impact assessment, impacts of flow regulation on fisheries, stock assessment techniques, and conservation of fresh waters for fish and other wildlife.

Jon is programme leader for three undergraduate degrees and contributes to numerous taught modules, both as module leader and senior lecturer, as well as supervising MSc and PhD students.

As well as producing research papers, he has produced more than 170 technical reports for external funding groups.


Research Interests

  • Electric fishing capture techniques

  • Stock assessment for management purposes

  • Cyprinid fish recruitment

  • Dispersal of coarse fish

  • Rehabilitation techniques for freshwater fisheries

  • Impact of water quality problems on fisheries

  • Conflicts between nature conservation and fisheries management

  • The impacts of flow regulation on fisheries

  • Conservation of fresh water for birds and other wildlife


Nunn, A. D., Taylor, R. J., Cowx, I. G., Noble, R. A. A., Bolland, J. D. & Harvey, J. P. (2017) 'Demography of sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) ammocoete populations in relation to potential spawning-migration obstructions', Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 27, pp 764-772

Nunn, A. D., Tewson, L. H., Bolland, J. D., Harvey, J. P. & Cowx, I. G. (2014) 'Temporal and spatial variations in the abundance and population structure of the spined loach (Cobitis taenia), a scarce fish species: implications for condition assessment and conservation', Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 24, pp 818-830

Cowx, I. G., Noble, R. A., Nunn, A. D., Bolland, J. D., Walton, S., Peirson, G. & Harvey, J. P. (2012) 'Flow requirements of non-salmonids', Fisheries Management and Ecology, 19, pp 548-556

Nunn, A. D., Harvey, J. P., Noble, R. A. A. & Cowx, I. G. (2011) 'Prioritising eel-migration barriers for passage improvements', in Eel Management: the State of the Art, Bunt D. & Don A. (eds), pp 145-154, Institute of Fisheries Management, Exeter

Harvey, J. P., Noble, R. A., Nunn, A. D., Taylor, R. J. & Cowx, I. G. (2010) 'Monitoring sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus ammocoetes in SAC rivers: a case study on the River Wye', in Conservation Monitoring in Freshwater Habitats, Hurford, C., Schneider, M. & Cowx, I.G. (eds), Springer, pp 195-208

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Ecosystem Assessment

  • Preparing for Learning in Higher Education

  • Biology in Context Group Project

  • Freshwater Biology

  • Fish Ecology

  • Independent research project (40 credit)

  • 20 credit research project

  • Fisheries Resource Management

  • Freshwater Fisheries and Conservation

  • Topics in Biodiversity

  • Reviews in Biology

  • Current Biology

Research PhDs

Dr Jon Harvey welcomes applications for PhD and Masters degrees in any areas of fisheries science.

Completed PhDs

  • Apiradee Hanpongkittikul, Impact of Cascade Weir Operation on Fisheries Resources in Nam Kam River and its tributary, second supervisor (2017)

  • Marie Taylor, The influence of flow management and habitat improvement works on fish communities in Yorkshire rivers (2016)

  • Sam Billington, Migratory patterns of salmon in the River Mersey, joint supervisor (2015)

  • Kaviphone Phouthavong, Adapting fisheries-based livelihoods to hydrological changes in the Mekong River: a case study of Lao PDR, second supervisor (2015)

  • Natalie Angelopoulos, To develop environmentally and socially acceptable methods for effective rehabilitation of rivers, to enable flood mitigation whilst protecting aquatic biodiversity, second supervisor (2013)

  • Andrea Robson, Impact of run-of-river hydropower schemes on fisheries (2013)

  • Michelle Smith, Ecological and environmental consequences of flooding and flow management in rivers, second supervisor (2013)

  • Ryan Taylor, Applications of fish scale analysis to understand growth dynamics of fish populations, joint supervisor (2011)

  • Darren Rollins, The efficacy of back calculation methods for determining length at age data and the use of such data to determine growth standards, national growth patterns and recruitment dynamics of roach (Rutilus rutilus (L.)),dace (Leuciscus leuciscus(L.))and chub (Leuciscus cephalus (L.)) in UK rivers, second supervisor (2009)

  • Andrew Nunn, The dynamics of larval and 0+ juvenile fish populations in lowland rivers, joint supervisor (2005)

  • Richard Noble, The factors affecting the availability of fish to bitterns (Botaurus stellaris (L.)): implications for the management of reedbeds, second supervisor (2003)

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Tim Stone, Fisheries impacts of water resources management in Yorkshire rivers (2013-17)

  • Ibrahim Alharthi, Freshwater fish and fisheries of Saudi Arabia, joint supervisor (2014-2017)

  • Amiluke Msukwa, Impact of ornamental fisheries of biodiversity in Lake Malawi, second supervisor (2016-2019)

  • Rachel Ainsworth, Economic and social impacts of lost inland fisheries on food security, second supervisor (2015-2018)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Fisheries Science, University of Hull

  • BSc Honours in Applied Biology , University of Hull

External roles

  • Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv)

  • Member of Institute of Fisheries Management (MIFM)

  • Member of Fisheries Society of British Isles (MFSBI)