Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: North Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

North Carolina Technical Assistance Activities


Edye Kornegay holding a Sharp-shinned Hawk while mist-netting in Four Oaks, NC.

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.
Hightower 2003-02-01
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.
Hightower 2005-03-01
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.
Hightower 2004-09-01
Technical/Agency Draft Recovery Plan for Amazona vittata.
Collazo 2005-05-01
Technical Assistance (science support) to Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape-Fear Ecosystem and associated Refuges--Southeastern Virginia/Eastern North Carolina.
Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape-Fear Ecosystem
Collazo, Drew 2007-05-15
Served on Striped Bass Fishery Management Plan Development Team
Hightower 2003-06-01
Serve on Diadromous Fish Technicial Advisory Committee, Roanoke River (ongoing)
Hightower 2004-08-01
SEDAR (Southeast Data Assessment and Review) 15, stock assessment review panelist. South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Hightower 2008-01-28
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.
Hightower 2004-05-01
Presentation to NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Boydton, Virginia, April 9, 2002, entitled "Restoration strategies for anadromous fishes in the Roanoke River".
Hightower 2002-04-01
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".
Hightower 2002-02-01
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".
Hightower 2002-02-01
Panelist for American Eel Stock Assessment Peer Review. Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, November-December 2005
Hightower 2005-12-01
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 2005-04-01
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 2010-01-20
Invited panelist, Gulf sturgeon stock status workshop, November 16-20, 2009, Cedar Key, FL.
Southeast Regional Office, NMFS
Hightower, Flowers 2009-11-16
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
Hightower 2009-07-22
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 2006-08-03
Green Sturgeon Biological Review Team, 2004 (National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center)
Hightower 2004-08-01
Green Sturgeon Biological Review Team, 2002 (National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center)
Hightower 2002-06-01
Expert Panelist for American eel Great Lakes/Canada Threats and Population Dynamics Workshop. USFWS and NMFS, January 31-February 2, 2006
Hightower 2006-02-01
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
Drew 2010-09-01
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
Drew 2011-01-17
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
Hightower 2013-07-29
Blue Crab Fishery Management Plan, Scientific Advisory Panel, NC Marine Fisheries Commission, April 2002-January 2004.
Hightower 2004-01-01
Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Workgroup. Ongoing from April 2005.
Hightower 2005-04-01
American Eel Peer Review Panel, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, November 2005- .
Hightower 2005-12-13
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
Faculty Advisor, Student Fisheries Society, a Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society Kwak 2018-01-01 Present
Departmental Liason, North Carolina State University Libraries Hightower 2002-01-01 Present
Department Head Search Committee Kwak 2017-05-01 2017-11-30
Chair, Applied Ecology Faculty Post-Tenure Review Committee Kwak 2018-01-01 Present
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
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
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