My principal scientific interest and experience focus on understanding the sustainability of exploited fish populations in an ecosystem context as part of renewable natural resource conservation and management programs. I have been involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects that aim to quantitatively assess how natural and human-induced stressors such as climate variability and harvesting may alter the sustainability of pelagic and demersal species exploited by commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries, and thus influence management policy decision-making.
My recent work entails statistical and mathematical modeling to assess spatial and temporal dynamics of exploited fish stocks and evaluate management strategies (management strategy evaluation) by integrating large-scale monitoring survey data with population, food web, and ecosystem dynamics models (spatially explicit individual-based models, State-space Assessment Model, Ecopath with Ecosim, etc.).
- Fish stock assessment and ecosystem analysis in the Swedish Great Lakes (Hjälmaren, Vänern, Vättern, and Mälaren)
- REDUS-Reduced Uncertainty in Stock Assessment
- Food-web mediated regime shifts in fishery-ecosystem dynamics in a large, intensely exploited lake
- Forecasting population persistence of threatened and endangered species in a large, hydrologically altered river
- EcoFore–Forecasting the causes, consequences and remedies for hypoxia in Lake Erie
- More on my research
- Research Fellow. Institute of Marine Research (Havforskningsinstituttet). Bergen. Norway.
- Research Fellow. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Research Associate. Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
- Research Associate. School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, Nebraska, USA.
- Research Associate. Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
- Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior; Program in Biology, The Graduate School and University Center, The City University of New York. New York, New York, USA.
- B.S. in Biology; Department of Biological Sciences, DePaul University. Chicago, Illinois, USA.
- Goto, D., E.S. Dunlop, J.D. Young, and D.A. Jackson. 2020. Shifting trophic control of fishery–ecosystem dynamics following biological invasions. Ecological Applications. 30(8): 1–15. doi.org/10.1002/eap.2190
- Goto, D., M. Hamel, J. Hammen, M. Rugg, M.A. Pegg, and V.E. Forbes. 2020. Divergent density feedback control of migratory predator recovery following sex-biased perturbations. Ecology and Evolution. 10(9): 3954-3967. doi.org/10.1002/ece3.6153
- Dunlop, E.S., D. Goto, and D.A. Jackson. 2019. Fishing down then up the food web of an invaded lake. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116(40): 19995–20001. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1908272116
- Hrycik, A.R. P.D. Collingsworth, T. Sesterhenn, D. Goto, and T.O. Höök. 2019. Movement rule selection through eco-genetic modeling: Application to diurnal vertical movement. Journal of Theoretical Biology. 478: 128–138. doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2019.06.019
- Rypel, A.L., D. Goto, G.G. Sass, and M.J. Vander Zanden. 2018. Eroding productivity of walleye populations in northern Wisconsin lakes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 75(12): 2291–2301. doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0311
- Goto, D., M. Hamel, J. Hammen, M. Rugg, M.A. Pegg, and V.E. Forbes. 2018. Spatially dynamic maternal control of migratory fish recruitment pulses triggered by shifting seasonal cues. Marine and Freshwater Research. 69(6): 942–961. 10.1071/MF17082
- Pedersen, E.J., D. Goto, J. W. Gaeta, G.J.A. Hansen, G.G. Sass, M.J. Vander Zanden, T.A. Cichosz, A.L. Rypel. 2018. Long-term growth trends in northern Wisconsin walleye populations under changing biotic and abiotic conditions. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 75(5): 733–745. doi.org/10.1139/cjfas-2017-0084
- Goto, D., J.J. Roberts, S.A. Pothoven, S.A. Ludsin, H.A. Vanderploeg, S.B. Brandt, and T.O. Höök. Size-mediated control of perch–midge coupling in Lake Erie transient dead zones. 2017. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 100(12): 1587–1600. doi: 10.1007/s10641-017-0667-1
- Rypel, A. L., D. Goto, G. G. Sass, M. J. Vander Zanden. 2015. Production rates of walleye and their relationship to exploitation in Escanaba Lake, Wisconsin, 1965– 2009. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 72(6): 834-844. doi:10.1139/cjfas-2014-0394
- Goto, D., M.J. Hamel, J.J. Hammen, M.L. Rugg, M.A. Pegg, and V.E. Forbes. 2015. Spatiotemporal variation in flow-dependent recruitment of long-lived riverine fish: Model development and evaluation. Ecological Modelling. 296: 79–92. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.10.026
- Scavia, D., J.D. Allan, K.K. Arend, S. Bartell, D. Beletsky, N.S. Bosch, S.B. Brandt, R.D. Briland, I. Daloğlu, J.V. DePinto, D.M. Dolan, M.A. Evans, T.M. Farmer, D. Goto, H. Han, T.O. Höök, R. Knight, S.A. Ludsin, D. Mason, A.M. Michalak, R.P. Richards, J.J. Roberts, D.K. Rucinski, E. Rutherford, D.J. Schwab, T. Sesterhenn, H Zhang, and Y. Zhou. 2014. Assessing and addressing the re-eutrophication of Lake Erie: Central Basin Hypoxia. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 40 (2): 226–246. doi:10.1016/j.jglr.2014.02.004
- Goto, D., K. Lindelof, D. Fanslow, S.A. Ludsin, J.J. Roberts, S.A. Pothoven, H. Vanderploeg, A.E. Wilson, and T.O. Höök. 2012. Indirect consequences of hypolimentic hypoxia on zooplankton growth in a large eutrophic lake. Aquatic Biology. 16 (3): 217–227. doi:10.3354/ab00442
- Goto, D. and W.G. Wallace. 2010. Bioenergetic responses of a benthic forage fish (Fundulus heteroclitus) to habitat degradation and altered prey community in polluted salt marshes. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 67 (10): 1566–1584. doi:10.1139/F10-082
- Goto, D. and W.G. Wallace. 2009. Influences of prey- and predator- dependent processes on cadmium and methylmercury trophic transfer to mummichogs (Fundulus heteroclitus). Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 66 (5): 836–846. doi:10.1139/F09-038
- Seebough, D.R., D. Goto, and W.G. Wallace. 2005. Bioenhancement of cadmium transfer along a multi-level food chain. Marine Environmental Research. 59 (5): 473–491. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2004.07.003