North Carolina Technical Assistance Activities
As part of our mission, NC Unit scientists routinely provide technical assistance to cooperators, colleagues, and the public, ranging from data analysis support, GIS mapping, workshops, and consultations on a variety of natural resource issues. For example, North Carolina Unit scientists provide assistance with stock assessments for the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, strategic habitat planning for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and serve on the non-game advisory committee for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. They conduct workshops and training for natural resource professionals and serve as expert panelists and witnesses on a variety of topics.
|Description and Agency||Provider(s)||Date|
Workshop: Tagging Models: Estimating Population Size and Mortality. W. Pine, K. Pollock, and J. E. Hightower. 2003 Spring Meeting, Southern Division, American Fisheries Society, Wilmington, NC.
Workshop, invited talk. Hightower, J. E., and J. R. Bence. 2005. Strategies for estimating natural mortality of fishes. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Natural Mortality Workshop, Baltimore, MD. March 31-April 1, 2005.
Workshop, invited plenary talk. Hightower, J. E., and J. R. Bence. 2004. Strategies for estimating natural mortality of fishes. Lake Whitefish Natural Mortality Workshop, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, Ann Arbor, MI, September 21-22, 2004.
Technical/Agency Draft Recovery Plan for Amazona vittata.
Technical Assistance (science support) to Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape-Fear Ecosystem and associated Refuges--Southeastern Virginia/Eastern North Carolina.
Served on Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Development Team
Serve on Diadromous Fish Technicial Advisory Committee, Roanoke River (ongoing)
SEDAR (Southeast Data Assessment and Review) 15, stock assessment review panelist. South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Presented talk entitled "Striped bass and American shad spawning habitat in the Neuse River" at meeting of state and federal agencies with U. S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding flow management in Neuse River.
Presentation to NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Boydton, Virginia, April 9, 2002, entitled "Restoration strategies for anadromous fishes in the Roanoke River".
Presentation to Central-Southern Advisory Committee, Striped Bass Plan Development Team, New Bern, North Carolina, entitled "History of striped bass fishery in central-southern North Carolina".
Presentation to Albemarle-Roanoke Advisory Committee, Striped Bass Plan Development Team, Edenton, North Carolina, entitled "History of striped bass fishery in the Albemarle Sound area".
Panelist for American Eel Stock Assessment Peer Review. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, November-December 2005
Kwak, T. J., and J. E. Hightower. 2005. Fish Surgical Techniques Workshop. Technical training for agency and utility company biologists to surgically implant radio or ultrasonic transmitters into fish. April 18, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Krachey, M., K. H. Pollock, and J. A. Collazo. 2011. Design and Analysis of Manatee Aerial Surveys in Puerto Rico. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Caribbean Field Office, Boqueron, Puerto Rico. 18 pp.
Caribbean Field Office
Invited panelist, Gulf sturgeon stock status workshop, November 16-20, 2009, Cedar Key, FL.
Southeast Regional Office, NMFS
Invited panelist at DSRRN (Diadromous Species Restoration Research Network) Science Meeting, ?Restoration of diadromous fishes and their ecosystems: confluence of science and restoration?, University of Maine, Orono, ME, July 22-24, 2009
University of Maine
Instructor for Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Advanced Stock Assessment Training Workshop, Fisheries Tagging Studies: Theory, Methods, and Applications. August 1-3, 2006. Raleigh, NC.
Green Sturgeon Biological Review Team, 2004 (National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center)
Green Sturgeon Biological Review Team, 2002 (National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center)
Expert Panelist for American eel Great Lakes/Canada Threats and Population Dynamics Workshop. USFWS and NMFS, January 31-February 2, 2006
Drew, C. A., L. B. Alexander, J. A. Collazo. 2011. Science Summary and Recommendations in Support of Manatee Protected Area Design in Puerto Rico. Draft Final Report, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Caribbean Field Office, Puerto Rico.
Caribbean Field Office
Collazo, J. A., L. B. Alexander, and C. A. Drew. 2011. Recovery Plan for The Puerto Rico Population of The West Indian (Antillean) Manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus ). 50 pp.
Caribbean Field Office
Chair, Peer Review of the Stock Assessment Data Collection Program, NOAA/NMFS/Northeast Fisheries Science Center; Woods Hole, Massachusetts, August 5-9, 2013.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan, Scientific Advisory Panel, NC Marine Fisheries Commission, April 2002-January 2004.
Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Workgroup. Ongoing from April 2005.
American Eel Peer Review Panel, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, November 2005- .
|Role - Description||Provider||Start Date||End Date|
|Member, Fisheries and Wildlife Executive Committee||Kwak||2000-01-01||Present|
|Faculty Search Committee, Fisheries and Wildlife Program||Simons||2010-01-01||2010-05-31|
|Departmental Liason, North Carolina State University Libraries||Hightower||2002-01-01||Present|
|Department Head Search Committee||Kwak||2017-05-01||2017-11-30|
|Admissions Committee Member, NCSU, Dept. Biology - Review applications for graduate admission at the Department of Biology, NCSU, Raleigh.||Collazo||2000-01-01||Present|
|Role and Organization||Individual||Start Date||End Date|
|Member, USGS, North Carolina District Strategic Science Plan Review Committee, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey||Kwak||2002-04-01||2002-05-31|
|Member, Scientific and Statistical Committee, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council||Hightower||2001-05-01||2003-05-31|
|Member, Robust Redhorse Technical Advisory Committee||Kwak||2001-01-01||Present|
|Member, Roanoke River Fisheries Technical Group||Hightower||1999-01-01||Present|
|Member, River herring Technical Expert Working Group||Hightower||2014-03-01||Present|
|Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey||Hightower||2001-06-01||2001-06-30|
|Member, North Carolina Non-game Advisory Commission||Simons||1998-06-01||2016-06-30|
|Member, NC Scientific Council on Fishes||Kwak||2002-06-01||Present|
|Member, Green Sturgeon Biological Review Team||Hightower||2002-04-01||2002-09-30|
|Member, Friends of the Kankakaee River Technical Advisory Committee||Kwak||2002-01-01||Present|
|Member, Development Team, North Carolina Striped Bass Plan||Hightower||2001-07-01||2000-01-31|
|Member, Conservation Science Panel - Sustainable Ecosystems Institute||Simons||2001-03-01||2000-01-31|
|Member, Blue Crab Scientific Advisory Panel, NC Marine Fisheries Commission||Hightower||2002-03-01||2004-03-31|
|Member, Atlantic Sturgeon Status Review Team, National Marine Fisheries Service.||Hightower||2006-01-01||2007-12-31|
|Member, Anadromous Fish Work Group, Kerr Reservoir 216 Study||Hightower||2003-05-01||Present|
|Wake Audubon, program on marine bird conservation.||Simons||2003-06-01|
|Raabe, J. K., T. A. Ellis, and J. E. Hightower. 2014. Preliminary evaluaton of a rock-ramp fishway in the Cape Fear River. World Fish Migration Day, Cape Fear River Watch Education Center at Lock & Dam #1, Riegelwood, NC, May 24, 2014.||Hightower, Raabe, Ellis||2014-05-24|
|Raabe, J. K., T. A. Ellis, and J. E. Hightower. 2014. Preliminary evaluaton of a rock-ramp fishway in the Cape Fear River. Cape Fear River Assembly, Annual Meeting, Wilmington NC, May 15, 2014.||Hightower, Raabe, Ellis||2014-05-15|
|Laney, R.W., J. E. Hightower, M. Mangold, W. W. Cole, Jr., and S. E. Winslow. 2003. Distribution and habitat use of Atlantic sturgeon captured during the southeast area monitoring and assessment (SEAMAP) cooperative winter tagging cruises, 1988-2003. South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Habitat and Environmental Protection Advisory Panel, Charleston, SC, August 21, 2003.||Hightower||2003-08-01|
|Laney, R.W., J. E. Hightower, M. Mangold, W. W. Cole, Jr., and S. E. Winslow. 2003. Distribution and habitat use of Atlantic sturgeon captured during the southeast area monitoring and assessment (SEAMAP) cooperative winter tagging cruises, 1988-2003. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, Habitat Committee, Arlington, VA, August 25, 2003.||Hightower||2003-08-01|
|Invited presentation: "Restoration of spawning habitat for striped bass and American shad through removal of the Quaker Neck Dam", 22nd Annual North Carolina Commercial Fishing Show, New Bern, North Carolina.||Hightower||2002-02-01|
|Hightower, J. E.. 2007. Effects of dams on migration and spawning of anadromous fishes. U. S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, Raleigh, North Carolina. October 17, 2007.||Hightower||2007-10-17|
|Hightower, J. E. Restoration of diadromous fish habitat on the Neuse River, NC. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear Ecosystem Team Meeting, Atlantic Beach, NC. Nov 17-18, 2004.||Hightower||2004-11-01|
|Hightower, J. E. 2004. The effect of dam removal on fish resouces. Invited lecture in workshop entitled: Succeeding with a dam removal project. University of Wisconsin, Madison, College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Professional Development. Raleigh, NC.||Hightower||2004-12-01|
|Hightower, J. E. 2004. Research focus: anadromous fishes and coastal rivers. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Regional Director's Retreat. February 2, 2004.||Hightower||2004-02-01|
|Feature story in the Wall Street Journal on amphibian monitoring research.||Simons||2010-09-08|
|Ellis, T. A., J. A. Buckel, J. E. Hightower, and K. H. Pollock. 2012. Estimating fishing and natural mortality of spotted seatrout in North Carolina using conventional and telemetry tagging. CRFL (Coastal Recreational Fishing License) Symposium, New Bern, North Carolina, May 31, 2012.||Hightower, Pollock||2012-05-31|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson, J. Hightower. 2001. Population dynamics of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, in North Carolina. North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission Meeting. Greenville, North Carolina. January, 2001.||Hightower||2001-01-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2004. Population dynamics and stock assessment of the blue crab in North Carolina. NC Marine Fisheries Commission meeting, New Bern, NC, May 2004.||Hightower||2004-05-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2004. Population dynamics and stock assessment of the blue crab in North Carolina. NC Commercial Fishing Show, New Bern, NC, February 2004.||Hightower||2004-02-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2002. Population dynamics of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, in North Carolina. NC Marine Fisheries Commission, Crustacean Advisory Committee, Washington, NC. February, 2002.||Hightower||2002-02-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2002. Population dynamics and stock assessment of the blue crab in North Carolina. NC Commercial Fishing Show. New Bern, NC, March, 2002.||Hightower||2002-03-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2001. Stock assessment of the blue crab in North Carolina. NC Commercial Fishing Show. New Bern, North Carolina. February, 2001.||Hightower||2001-02-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2001. Stock assessment of the blue crab in North Carolina. Duke University Marine Laboratory, Beaufort, NC, November, 2001.||Hightower||2001-11-01|
|Eggleston, D. B., E. G. Johnson and J. Hightower. 2000. Stock assessment of the blue crab in North Carolina. NC Commercial Fishing Show. New Bern, NC. February, 2000.||Hightower||2000-02-01|
|Bacheler, N.M., L.M. Paramore, J.A. Buckel, J.E. Hightower, and K.H. Pollock. 2014. Estimation of mortality and selectivity of red drum with high rates of catch and release. Presentation to North Carolina Sea Grant Research Symposium: Investments and Opportunities. Raleigh, NC, April 16, 2014, 100 attendees.||Hightower, Bacheler, Pollock||2014-04-16|
|Article for Tradewinds magazine on fish responses to removal of low-head dam||Hightower||2001-11-01|