Mike Maceina received a BS and MS in wildlife ecology and fisheries from the University of Florida, and graduated with a Ph.D. from Texas A&M in 1987. Before joining the faculty at Auburn University in 1990, he worked for three years in south Florida coordinating environmental programs and conducted water quality research on Lake Okeechobeee and the Everglades. At Auburn University, Mike taught two graduate levels classes in quantitative techniques/ statistics and fish population dynamics. Maceina’s research focused on population dynamics and management of sportfish which emphasized the use of accurate age data. The influences of hydrology, aquatic plants and their management, water quality, hybridization, stocking, and harvest restrictions on fisheries were examined. Mike also dabbled in statistical approaches that provided innovative applications for repeated measures sampling, and analyzing growth, recruitment, and mortality fisheries data.
Maceina along with co-author Jeff Slipke, created a user friendly windows-based software in 2000 named Fishery Analysis and Simulation Tools (FAST) that modeled fish populations. Sales of FAST was the largest commercial software product sold by the American Fisheries Society and the software is commonly used to analyze fish populations by other fishery biologists. The development of FAST earned Jeff Slipke the honor as the top Ph.D. student at Auburn University in 2001, and Jeff and Mike received the Award of Merit from the Fish Management Section of the American Fisheries Society from this work. Internationally, Mike made numerous trips to the Amazon Basin in Brazil and assisted and collaborated with fishery biologists examining the newly emerged sport fishery for peacock bass. Mike directed 28 Master of Science and Ph.D. students and during his career, published 125 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. Mike retired from the Department in 2010.