Lauren Jescovitch


Dr. Lauren Jescovitch works as an Extension Educator in the Houghton/Hancock area in the Upper Peninsula. Lauren’s work focuses on state and tribal aquaculture and fisheries, HACCP, water quality, and needs assessments. Lauren also has an office at the Great Lake Research Center where she collaborates with researchers from Michigan Tech University.

  • Commercial fishing
  • Aquaculture
  • Seafood processing
  • Seafood consumer education
  • Ph.D. Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University
  • M.S. Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University
  • Graduate Certificate in College/University Teaching, Auburn University
  • B.S. Fisheries Biology & B.S. Environmental Science, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
Professional experience
  • Michigan Sea Grant Extension Educator, 2019-Present
  • Research Associate of Science Education Research at Michigan State University, 2018-2019
  • Research Associate of Water Quality and Aquatic Ecology at Delaware State University, 2017-2018
  • Technician at Auburn University, 2017
  • Intern at the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute, 2010
Professional Affiliations
  • Lake Superior Citizens Fishery Advisory Committee, Voting Member
  • North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, Technical Committee – Extension
  • United States Aquaculture Society Chapter of the World Aquaculture Society, Director

Boyd CE, Jescovitch LN. 2020. Penaeid Shrimp Aquaculture. In G Lovrich & M Thiel (Eds.), The Natural History of the Crustacea: Fisheries and Aquaculture (Vol 9). Oxford University Press USA

Jescovitch LN, Scott EE, Cerchiara JA, Doherty JH, Wenderoth MP, Merrill J, Urban-Lurain M, Haudek KC. 2020. Comparison of machine learning performance using analytic and holistic coding approaches across constructed response assessments aligned to a science learning progression. Journal of Science Education and Technology. Special Issue: Machine Learning in Science Assessment.

Jescovitch LN, Scott EE, Cerchiara JA, Doherty JH, Wenderoth MP, Merrill J, Urban-Lurain M, Haudek KC. 2019. Deconstruction of holistic rubrics into analytic rubrics for large-scale assessments of students’ reasoning of complex science concepts. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 24(7)

Williams MA, Thurlow CM, Carrias A, Ran C, Newman M, Tweedie J, Allison E, Jescovitch LN, Wilson AE, Terhune J, Liles MR. 2019. Bacillus velezensis AP193 exerts probiotic effects in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) and reduces aquaculture pond eutrophication. Aquaculture. 503:347-356.

Pine HJ, Jescovitch LN, Roy LA, Boyd CE, Davis DA, Brown TW. 2018. Growth of Pacific White Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, cultured on inland low salinity pond soils. North American Journal of Aquaculture 80:273-277

Thongda W, Zhao H, Zhang D, Jescovitch LN, Liu M, Guo X, Schrandt M, Powers SP, Peatman E. 2018. Development of SNP panels as a new tool to assess the genetic diversity, population structure, and parentage analysis of the eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). Marine Biotechnology 20(3):385-395

Jescovitch LN, Ullman C, Rhodes M, Davis DA. 2018. Effects of different feed management treatments on water quality for pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Aquaculture Research 49:526-531

Jescovitch LN, Boyd CE. 2017. A case study: Impacts of deviating from model research design to the commercial industry for split-pond aquaculture. Aquacultural Engineering 79: 35-41

Jescovitch LN, Boyd CE, Whitis GN. 2017. Effects of mechanical aeration in the waste-treatment cells of split-pond systems on water quality. Aquaculture 480: 32-41

Jescovitch LN, Chaney P, Boyd CE. 2016. A preliminary assessment of land-to-water surface area ratios (LWR) for sustainable land use in aquaculture. Papers in Applied Geography 2(2): 178-188

Jescovitch LNMoen S, Abdl-Haleem F, Seilheimer. 2023. The Great Lakes Future Fishers Initiative: Supporting the next generation of Great Lakes commercial fishing and seafood processing industries. Fisheries

Doherty J, Cerchiara J, Scott E, Jescovitch LN, McFarland J, Haudek K, Wenderoth, MP. 2023. Oaks to arteries: The physiology core concept of “flow down gradients” supports transfer of student reasoning. Advances in Physiology Education, 47: 282-295.

Zhang D, Mohammed H, Ye Z, Rhodes MA, Thongda W, Zhao H, Jescovitch LN, Fuller SA, Davis DA, Peatman E. 2022. Transcriptomic profiles of Florida pompano (Trachinotus carolinus) gill following infection by the ectoparasite Amyloodinium ocellatumFish and Shellfish Immunology. 125: 171-179

Seilheimer TS, Wiermaa E, Jescovitch LN. 2021. Fisheries, hatcheries, and aquaculture- What’s the difference? Choices. Quarter 4 Special Issue: The Economics of U.S. Aquaculture

 Staples AJ, Abaidoo E, Jescovitch LN, Chambers D, Melstrom RT, Malone T. 2021. Regulatory landscape of the U.S. aquaculture supply chain. Choices. Quarter 4 Special Issue: The Economics of U.S. Aquaculture

Lauren Jescovitch

Lauren Jescovitch

Extension Educator, Western Upper Peninsula

(906) 487-2974

Houghton County Extension Office
1500 Birch St.
Hancock, MI 49930
(906) 482-5830

Great Lakes Research Center
GLRC 222
100 Phoenix Dr
Houghton, MI 49931
(906) 487-2974