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 expert during Independent Scientific Advisory Board briefing on ESA-listed salmonid survival and avian predation impacts.
Columbia River Indian Tribes
Technical Assistance (science support) to Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape-Fear Ecosystem and associated Refuges--Southeastern Virginia/Eastern North Carolina.
|Collazo, Drew||May 2007|
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.
||Hightower, Kwak||April 2005|
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
|Krachey, Pollock||January 2010|
Invited panelist, Gulf sturgeon stock status workshop, November 16-20, 2009, Cedar Key, FL.
Southeast Regional Office, NMFS
|Hightower, Flowers||November 2009|
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.
||Pollock, Hightower||August 2006|
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
Completed occupancy analysis for Superior National Forest Lynx Monitoring plan.
Superior National Forest
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||January 2000||Present|
|Faculty Search Committee, Fisheries and Wildlife Program||Simons||January 2010||May 2010|
|Faculty Advisor, Student Fisheries Society, a Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society||Kwak||January 2018||Present|
|Departmental Liason, North Carolina State University Libraries||Hightower||January 2002||Present|
|Department Head Search Committee||Kwak||May 2017||November 2017|
|Chair, Applied Ecology Faculty Post-Tenure Review Committee||Kwak||January 2018||Present|
|Admissions Committee Member, NCSU, Dept. Biology - Review applications for graduate admission at the Department of Biology, NCSU, Raleigh.||Collazo||January 2000||Present|
|Role and Organization||Individual||Start Date||End Date|
|Symposium Organizer, Moderator, and Panel Discussion Leader; World Fisheries Congress 2021, 16 presentations from 12 countries.||Kwak||January 2020||January 2022|
|Member, USGS, North Carolina District Strategic Science Plan Review Committee, Water Resources Division, U.S. Geological Survey||Kwak||April 2002||May 2002|
|Member, Scientific and Statistical Committee, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council||Hightower||May 2001||May 2003|
|Member, Robust Redhorse Technical Advisory Committee||Kwak||January 2001||Present|
|Member, Roanoke River Fisheries Technical Group||Hightower||January 1999||Present|
|Member, River herring Technical Expert Working Group||Hightower||March 2014||Present|
|Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey||Hightower||June 2001||June 2001|
|Member, North Carolina Non-game Advisory Commission||Simons||June 1998||June 2016|
|Member, NC Scientific Council on Fishes||Kwak||June 2002||Present|
|Member, Green Sturgeon Biological Review Team||Hightower||April 2002||September 2002|
|Member, Friends of the Kankakaee River Technical Advisory Committee||Kwak||January 2002||Present|
|Member, Development Team, North Carolina Striped Bass Plan||Hightower||July 2001||January 2000|
|Member, Conservation Science Panel - Sustainable Ecosystems Institute||Simons||March 2001||January 2000|
|Member, Blue Crab Scientific Advisory Panel, NC Marine Fisheries Commission||Hightower||March 2002||March 2004|
|Member, Atlantic Sturgeon Status Review Team, National Marine Fisheries Service.||Hightower||January 2006||December 2007|
|Member, Anadromous Fish Work Group, Kerr Reservoir 216 Study||Hightower||May 2003||Present|
|Cooperative Research Units Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee||Collazo||October 2020||September 2021|
|Wake Audubon, program on marine bird conservation.||Simons||June 2003|
|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||May 2014|
|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||May 2014|
|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||August 2003|
|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||August 2003|
|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||February 2002|
|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||October 2007|
|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||November 2004|
|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||December 2004|
|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||February 2004|
|Feature story in the Wall Street Journal on amphibian monitoring research.||Simons||September 2010|
|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||May 2012|
|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||January 2001|
|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||May 2004|
|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||February 2004|
|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||February 2002|
|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||March 2002|
|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||February 2001|
|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||November 2001|
|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||February 2000|
|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||April 2014|
|Article for Tradewinds magazine on fish responses to removal of low-head dam||Hightower||November 2001|